Schneider Implements Engineered Solutions to Optimize Assets and Middle Mile Capabilities for First to Final Mile Service Offering


Schneider Implements Engineered Solutions to Optimize Assets and Middle Mile Capabilities for First to Final Mile Service Offering

Enhanced network will gain strength, efficiency from the transportation provider’s broad portfolio of services

GREEN BAY, Wis. – (April 17, 2019) – With its end-to-end delivery portfolio, Schneider (NYSE: SNDR) delivers seamless shipping and keeps businesses one step ahead from the first to the final mile. The middle mile, which provides connectivity from and between local last-mile terminals, is equally as important as its first- and final-mile counterparts. To optimize the movement of freight through its 24 terminal networks across 48 states, the premier provider of transportation and logistics services is broadening its middle-mile configuration to include its Van Truckload and Intermodal owned assets.

With its acquisition of Watkins & Shepard Trucking in 2016, Schneider became a leading provider in First to Final Mile delivery of over-dimensional goods for omnichannel retailers and manufacturers. Schneider now capitalizes on the full force of its broad network for the middle and final mile, with access to more than 10,700 trucks, 22,000 intermodal containers and a suite of technology tools for comprehensive freight management.

Throughout this process, Schneider is able to fully apply its proprietary network optimization system to freight within the middle mile to enhance consistency of the engineered network. An engineered network determines required departure and processing times, expected delivery times and regulates workflow through the terminals. Schneider’s engineering management tools apply data-driven recommendations to optimize operations and manage the movement of freight through the middle mile. The overall engineered network will also contribute to standardizing pricing and transit.

Full incorporation of Schneider’s assets into the middle-mile service offering will reduce the number of freight handlings through the terminal network, ultimately reducing product claims. This optimization will also improve driver efficiency and increase consistency in service standards and delivery times.

Along with middle-mile optimization, Schneider is implementing a standardized delivery day for ZIP codes, creating predictability. Customers will be provided with the exact transit flow of their shipment, as well as a projected day and time for delivery from ZIP code to ZIP code for a holistic, end-to-end scheduled solution.

“A seamless delivery experience – whether it’s the first mile, the last mile or the miles in between – means there’s a consistent, reliable network working hard for a customer’s business,” said Schneider’s Rob Bulick, senior vice president and general manager of First to Final Mile. “Expanding our middle-mile strength to include Schneider’s owned assets and data-driven network optimizations ensures we’re constantly meeting the high expectations for final-mile delivery that customers and consumers can depend on and trust.”

To learn more about how Schneider’s and Watkins’ end-to-end portfolio of services makes for smooth First to Final Mile deliveries, visit https://schneider.com/our-services/first-to-final-mile

About Schneider

Schneider is a premier provider of transportation and logistics services. Offering one of the broadest portfolios in the industry, Schneider’s solutions include Regional and Long-Haul Truckload, Expedited, Dedicated, Bulk, Intermodal, First to Final Mile, LTL, Brokerage, Warehousing, Supply Chain Management and Port Logistics.

A $5 billion company (2018 revenue), Schneider has been delivering superior customer experiences and safely getting it done for over 80 years. For more information about Schneider, visit www.schneider.com or follow on @WeAreSchneider