See Progressive Transportation at the NASCAR AAA 500

NASCAR - Kobalt 400 Las Vegas 2016With a fleet of approximately 650 trucks, Progressive Transportation has developed a strong working relationship with Love’s Travel Stops. For 10 years, Progressive has increased their volume of business with Love’s to 325,000 gallons/month.

Because of this strong partnership, Love’s Travel Stops extended the offer for Progressive Transportation to be featured in this weekend’s NASCAR AAA 500 race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Progressive Transportation’s logo will be featured on the bumper of the Love’s Race Car, driven by Chris Buescher, from Prosper Texas. The team from Progressive will be at the race track starting Friday for Buescher’s practice and qualifying heats. They’ll be back on Saturday for another practice round on the track and Sunday for the race.

Buescher, #34 is a rookie for this year’s NASCAR season with one win and two Top Five placements so far. Join TTS and Progressive in cheering Buescher on to a second win this Sunday!

Love’s Travel Stops has partnered with FrontRow Motorsports and NASCAR for four years. They started sponsoring 10 races, and now sponsor 18. For more information on Love’s 2017 Race Car and Chris Buescher, click here.

Progressive Transportation LLC is a Dallas, Texas based provider of integrated transportation services and solutions for asset-based carriers of all types and sizes. Through the power of networking and critical mass, Progressive Transportation offers a full-range of unique support services and resources especially designed for carriers, contract trucking companies and private fleets to maximize growth, productivity and profitability of their business. For more information on Progressive’s carrier program and resources, click here.

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About Sunteck Transport Group

Headquartered in Jacksonville, FL, Sunteck Transport Group is a third-party provider of transportation and logistics management services, operating through a network of highly-skilled transportation agencies. Sunteck provides truckload brokerage services for freight brokerage agents. The company also utilizes a truckload capacity division to provide custom logistics solutions within a wide range of end-use markets, including food, lumber, paper, printing, textiles, electronics, machinery, government and more.

Ken ForsterKen Forster was appointed Sunteck’s Chief Executive Officer in December 2014. His experience includes roles in various entrepreneurial and leadership positions, as well as selling and delivering consulting services to clients in the financial and transportation industries. Ken previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Velocity Express LLC, and AirSage, Inc. He also served as the Chief Operating Officer and President of BeavEx Inc. for seven years. Prior to joining BeavEx, Ken founded Online Insight, Inc. and served as its Chief Executive Officer. Ken is a graduate of Dartmouth College.

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Sunteck Transport Group and TTS, LLC to Merge and Become a “Top 10 North American Freight Manager”

Expanding capacity, supply-chain solutions and productivity gains for agents and customers

Sunteck_LOGO_4CTwo leading agent-based, third-party providers of transportation and logistics TTS Logo - Long-02management services, Sunteck Transport Group, headquartered in Jacksonville, FL, and TTS, LLC, headquartered in Dallas, TX, today announced the two companies agreed to merge and will operate under Sunteck / TTS Holdings, LLC. The merger will create one of the largest, multimodal, agent-based freight management service providers in the U.S., approaching $1 billion in gross revenue, and managing more than 700,000 intermodal, truckload and less-than-truckload shipments annually. Ken Forster, the current CEO of Sunteck will serve as the President and CEO of Sunteck / TTS Holdings, LLC, and Andy Cole, the current President and CEO of TTS, will serve as Chairman of the Board.

“This is an exciting moment as these two companies will become one and establish a powerful platform, offering expanded operations, capacity relationships and technology capabilities to our agents, carriers, and customers.  The merger allows us to leverage best practices across our combined operations and provide optimal solutions for our agents and customers,” said Ken Forster. “The merged companies reflect an increased level of commitment to our agent business model, enhancing the level of innovative, customized solutions for the shipper community. The resulting company and our agents will be well-positioned to lead the industry in serving shippers facing an increasingly complex regulatory, technological, and economic environment.”

As shippers require more complex and robust data solutions, increased size and leverage within the logistics sector and access to the most leading-edge technology will become more and more important.  Smaller 3PLs, or agent-based models, will need to leverage the increased buying power and resources of companies like Sunteck / TTS Holdings, LLC.

“We believe the combined entity will be the platform of choice for agents and 3PLs looking for industry-leading technology, multimodal solutions, and an extensive network of both in-house and outsourced capacity,” said 30-year industry veteran, Andy Cole.

Through this merger, the entity’s 200+ agents and wide-ranging customer base will be in a better position to source more capacity through a combined network of more than 30,000 carriers. In addition to the strong non-asset capabilities, Sunteck / TTS Holdings, LLC will also have a collective 2,000 trucks in its direct asset-light capacity divisions.  TTS’ direct rail intermodal program, with access to more than 200,000 pieces of equipment, will be enhanced by Sunteck’s large intermodal drayage network.  This access to capacity will become critical as future driver shortages and industry consolidation continues, enabling the new entity’s agents to better service their customers and provide long-term service commitments.

“Since our founding in 2006, TTS has been committed to the agent-centric model because we believe agents are highly motivated to discover and utilize better ways to provide unique solutions to customers,” said Cole. “For this reason, we became an Intermodal Marketing Company to give our agents a better ability to optimize shipments and move between modes dynamically. This merger with Sunteck only furthers our goals for agent success, with increased potential for expanded service offerings for our agents to utilize expanded solutions for their clients.”

Stifel served as the financial advisor for TTS on the merger.

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TTS, LLC Celebrates 10 Years of Success

TTS, LLC, a leading agent-based supply chain and logistics provider headquartered in Frisco, TX, honored five long-standing employees for their dedication to the company at a celebratory lunch at their new headquarters in Frisco, Texas.

The awards luncheon was held to honor those employees who have been with TTS for 10 years. The five employees honored represent every aspect of the 3PL, from the executive level to accounting and agency development.

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Back Row: Andy Cole, Jeff Vielhaber, Mary Ann Gunderson Front Row: Shelly Hard, Corina Ilie, Eleanor Donell

“These select employees have been with our company from the beginning,” said Andy Cole, President and CEO, TTS, LLC. “They took a chance on a start-up and helped fuel our tremendous growth over the past 10 years. We would not be where we are today without employees like Eleanor, Shelly, Mary Ann and Corina.”

During luncheon, Jeff Vielhaber, the Chief Operations Officer of TTS, presented a 10-year anniversary award to each of the five employees.

Eleanor Donell started as a mailroom clerk in May 2006. She now runs the entire mailroom for TTS and serves as the backup receptionist.

Shelly Hard began her career at TTS in May 2006 as the Accounts Payable Specialist. Now, she serves as the Manager of Cargo Claims and Rail Accounting, where she investigates cargo claims, maintains claims procedures, and acts as a liaison between the customer and/or agent, and the insurer and/or carrier to settle claims.

Mary Ann Gundersen joined TTS in January 2006, as an AP/AR Specialist. She currently serves as the AR Manager, overseeing all aspects of customer billing and cash applications for both TTS and Progressive.

Corina T. Ilie also joined TTS as an AP/AR Specialist in June 2006. Currently, she serves as the AP Accounting where she analyzes financial information, reconciles accounts, and maintains accounts payable.

Andy Cole, President and CEO of TTS, was also recognized for his 10 years of service to the company.

Cole addressed the recipients, saying “We’ve been through many changes since our inception. After reaching one million shipments in 2011, we continued to push the industry forward with our technology solutions. And in late 2012, we completed the merger with WTG Logistics. In 2015, we went on to surpass 2,000,000 shipments. As we push our 2016 initiatives forward, we thank you for your diligence in getting us where we are today. Let’s continue this accelerated growth, giving us even more power to move.”

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TTS, LLC Presents 2015 Carrier of the Year Awards

TTS, LLC, a leading agent-based supply chain and logistics provider headquartered in Frisco, Texas, honored four exceptional providers with the 2015 Carrier of the Year Awards at a celebration dinner on July 12, 2016.

This year’s top carriers were identified in four distinct categories: Rail, OTR, LTL, and Drayman. They were selected by their:

  • 2015 activity and volume
  • Quality of service and customer service
  • Value provided to their customers
  • Claims processing procedures

The selection was narrowed down to the top ten carriers in each category and the TTS national agent network voted for the “Best of the Best.”

TTS President Andy Cole presented the 2015 Awards to the following recipients:

Rail Carrier of the Year:                                  Union Pacific

OTR Carrier of the Year:                                 Knight Transportation

LTL Carrier of the Year:                                  SAIA

Intermodal Drayage Carrier of the Year:    SoCal

Union Pacific is the largest intermodal rail provider to TTS, in terms of both dollar and container volume, providing a number of the 3PL’s agents and customers with carload services throughout the western United States and Mexico.

“During fall peak season in 2015, Union Pacific stepped up to the plate and provided TTS with a 100% box commitment to our retail customers on the West Coast, serving the largest container ports in the U.S.,” said Jeff Brashares, Vice President of Sales and National Accounts at TTS.

Knight Transportation has been a loyal truckload carrier for TTS since the company’s founding in 2006. With a solid understanding of the market and how to cultivate long-term partnerships, they work with TTS agents on rate, and often negotiate rates that other carriers won’t. With approximately 23 terminals in the U.S. and a company model that focuses on employee relations and getting drivers home more often, Knight Transportation has also been largely unaffected by the driver shortage.

“Knight Transportation is the carrier for the everyday call for large capacity projects that you can count on,” said David Lyles, the Director of Capacity Procurement with the Redden Group, an independent agency of TTS. “Their operations staff is always willing to help us, even on those last minute projects that require large amounts of equipment to be dropped on a Friday evening.”

To service the needs of its customers, TTS is contracted with 40+ national, regional, multi-regional and niche market LTL carriers nationwide. SAIA stood out among the rest by maintaining impeccably high service standards.

“SAIA maintained a 98% on-time pickup, 95% on-time delivery, and a .34% claims ratio for the year,” said Kevin Housley, Director of LTL at TTS. “They are one of our best business partners because of their commitment to keeping their promises.”

SoCal was selected as the 2015 Intermodal Drayage Carrier of the Year for their continued services for TTS’ largest retail customer. They assign TTS agents 30 pickup spots a day without needing to be asked, or negotiating an allotment. SoCal takes pride in accomplishing as many stops on pickups or deliveries as needed, without question. They provide same day transload services using their own warehouse facility. And, they make customer service their number-one priority with 24/7 support.

 “Few dray companies in southern California will provide multi-stop vendor pickups, yet SoCal does this each and every day with a 100% on time record and zero cargo failures,” said Joe Kilgo, Intermodal Director at TTS. “Their commitment to customer service starts at the top with their owner, Pablo Montalvan, who will roll up his sleeves and work on loading trucks himself.”

Cole addressed the winners of the 2015 Carrier of the Year Award, saying “These carriers represent the best-of-the-best in terms of quality service and customer care. It is through their efforts that our agents are able to fulfill their customers’ needs every single day. As we push our 2016 initiatives forward, we expect to continue this year-over-year growth, giving us even more power to move.”

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