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Member Spotlight – Intermodal Cartage Company, Inc.

We feature our latest Member Spotlight with Joel Henry, President of Memphis-based Intermodal Cartage Company, Inc., about why chassis pools are important to the transportation industry and what kinds of benefits his company has seen since joining NACPC.

Tell us a little about IMCG – when was the company founded, what is unique about the organization? 

IMCG was founded in 1982. Our company has lots of capacity – we have trucks to service customers of all sizes and are nimble enough to support all types of requests. Our drivers and staff help to differentiate us from our competition. In addition, we spend close to four times the industry average on technology, we operate both company trucks and owner operators, and 100 percent of our fleet has on-board computers deployed in all trucks including Owner Ops.

Why are chassis pools important to the trucking industry?  

Chassis pools help drive efficiencies through better utilization of equipment, space (land) and make it easier for railroads and ports to operate in a gray pool model.

As a member, what benefits have you seen by joining NACPC? 

Higher quality chassis equate to better up time for drivers and better service for customers. Plus, there is the ability to share reduced cost to BCOs, NVOCCs and 3PLs versus other chassis pools, as well as a reduction in chassis splits.

What sets NACPC apart from other gray pools?

Quality equipment, quality of invoicing and PRICE.

Advice for a company looking to join NACPC?

Stop missing out. NACPC is less costly and features better equipment.

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NACPC Maintains Rates & Helps Contribute to Customers’ Bottom Line 

North American Chassis Pool Cooperative (NACPC) is proud to announce that while the competition’s pricing has continued to increase several times each year for the past several years, their current pricing for Pool and Premium chassis will be maintained at current levels.

“We currently support Motor Carriers, BCOs NVOCCs and 3PLs with a superior chassis solution at lower prices than our competition,” says Dave Manning, President of NACPC. “With our objective of keeping chassis use cost competitive in the marketplace, we help drive our customer’s business forward, increasing their bottom line.”

 

While the Competition Increases Rates Again, NACPC Invests in Chassis & Intermodal Network

Updated rates for competing chassis providers were effective March 1, 2017 or will go into effect April 1, 2017. NACPC’s “at-cost” pricing model will remain unchanged. As the competition increases rates due to the result of higher labor costs, inventory and fleet enhancement efforts, NACPC pricing will not change.

“While maintaining our pricing model, we also continue to invest in our equipment and expanding our footprint. We are currently operating in four major pools COCP, SACP, MCCP and the GCCP. At the same time, we have Premium Pools in Savannah, Houston, Mobile and the Ohio Valley. Operations in Charleston and Detroit should be on line for use in the next few weeks,” adds Manning.

 

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Strong Partnerships Produce Great Results

NACPC is supported by a partnership with Consolidated Chassis Management (CCM) which manages the NACPC chassis pool contribution. CCM was formed to address industry needs in developing a more efficient model for operating chassis. CCM is the largest cooperative pool manager in the US, overseeing some 130,000-chassis offering pool management, private fleet and chassis data management services including the NACPC chassis fleet.

“We are the back-room operations group managing a combined fleet of multiple entities and we are happy to facilitate NACPC’s growth and continued dedication to the “at-cost model,” says Jon Poelma, Chief Operating Officer of Consolidated Chassis Management.

Owned by OCEMA, CCM was formed in 2005 to help in developing a more efficient model for operation chassis. They manage 150 employees with 100 of them on the field and equipment at over 300 locations nationwide including M&R and logistics. They are committed to managing safe and reliable equipment.

“Our experienced, dedicated and knowledgeable staff ensure safe and reliable equipment is made available to the user community. We work closely with our maintenance partners, ocean carriers, railroads, marine terminals and motor carriers to ensure we are meeting their needs. Members like NACPC are free to contribute chassis into the pools and find the economies of scale in the gray model. By allowing different provision models CCM has the flexibility to meet each of its customer’s business requirements,” adds Poelma.

 

 

 

Member Spotlight – Devine Intermodal

In continuing to highlight our diverse member base, we present a recent interview with Richard R. Coyle, President of Devine Intermodal (founded as Devine & Son Trucking Co, Inc.), about why chassis pools are integral to the industry and the importance of investing in NACPC.

Tell us about Devine & Son Trucking Co., Inc.

“We go by Devine Intermodal, although we are officially still incorporated as Devine & Son Trucking Co, Inc. since 1923.  We run a combination of company-owned trucks supplemented by independent contractors totaling about 200 trucks altogether. We have terminals in Sacramento, Stockton, Fresno and Oakland, California plus a large terminal in Reno, Nevada where most of our recent investment has been.

On the intermodal side of our business, we service international freight transiting the Port of Oakland, plus various rail terminals throughout Northern California and Nevada. Our heavy presence in the agricultural-rich Central Valley of California means we’re deeply engaged with myriad food processors. We haul almonds, rice, raisins, prunes, canned fruits and vegetables, wine, and many supporting and peripheral commodities like wine bottles. We also have a regional truckload division that serves the western states.”

Why are chassis pools important to the trucking industry?  

“Because the geography we service covers a vast area, including the Sierra Nevada mountain passes, we have a fleet of several hundred of our own chassis outfitted with the very best components and tires to minimize problems and to make the jobs of our drivers easier.”

As an investor, why was it important to invest in NACPC? 

“The overarching objectives of NACPC are sincere: Better equipment for fair and reasonable prices. If the equipment is owned and operated by TRUCKERS then it will indeed fulfill the objectives. Equipment owned and operated by non-trucker investment pools will be motivated by profit and less motivated by quality.”

Advice for a company looking to join NACPC? 

“Do it.”

 

NACPC Takes the Lead In Chassis Innovation: Company Launches Chassis Tracking with Asset Intelligence

JOC: Profiling NACPC’s New Savannah Premium Chassis Pool

The Journal of Commerce has been profiling our efforts to help bring premium, at-cost chassis into the pools – first in Houston, now in Savannah. In Senior Editor Joe Bonney’s recent article, he states:

“As the pools’ chassis rental costs have risen, NACPC’s at-cost pricing model has provided an additional selling point. NACPC’s Houston and Savannah premium pools rent chassis for $14 a day, several dollars below what leasing companies and co-op pools charge.”

JOC subscribers can access the full article here.

To learn more about our premium pools, click here.

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JOC: A Focus on Our Houston Premium Pool

We were recently included in the Journal of Commerce where Senior Editor Joe Bonney spoke about the launch of our Houston Premium Chassis Pool.

“The new Houston pool will…[make] premium 40-foot chassis available for short or long-term rental to NACPC members. ‘This particular solution will ensure that our customers have access to a premium-quality chassis each and every time,’ [NACPC President & Chairman Dave] Manning said.”

JOC subscribers can read the full article here.

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Member Spotlight: The Evans Network of Companies

A cooperative is only as good as its community partnerships. We are excited to feature our diverse member base and highlight NACPC’s growing relationships and collaboration within the intermodal industry.

We recently spoke with Chris Giltz, Senior Vice President of Operations for The Evans Network of Companies, about challenges facing the trucking industry and why NACPC stands out among its competitors.

 

Tell me a little bit about The Evans Network of Companies.

“We were formed 1939 and our corporate office is located in Schuylkill Haven, PA. We have about 190 offices around the country and a fleet of 3,500 trucks. We’re mostly intermodal but we also do truckload and brokerage. We operate out of every port facility except the West Coast. We also operate out of most of the rail facilities as well.”

 

When did The Evans Network of Companies join NACPC and why was it a good fit?

“We started using NACPC in 2012 and later I joined as a board member and investor in 2013. It’s a great fit for Evans because they’re supplying chassis in a lot of the areas in which we operate.”

 

What direct benefits have you seen for your company?

“It’s a cost effective alternative to the big three chassis providers. We like the push toward better tires and lights. And we like the fact that it’s a trucker-owned pool.”

 

What are the major differences between NACPC and its competitors?

“What we keep seeing in the intermodal world is equipment pricing costs that keep rising and rising without any underlying cost increase justification. One of the biggest things is trying to put the brakes on unlimited price increases on chassis providers.”

 

Why do you think NACPC is important to the trucking industry?

“Equipment has been a huge issue in the drayage industry. We see equipment in poor shape and the truckers unfortunately are the ones getting citations and CSA score points for them. The thing I like the best about NACPC is that it’s trying to change this, it stays competitive and pushes the industry toward better equipment.”

 

Advice for a company looking to join NACPC?

“If you are a trucker and you’re complaining about the high cost of chassis then this is your trucker-owned chassis pool and you should support NACPC.”

NACPC Creates Premium Chassis Pool in Savannah with Operational Support from CCM

NASHVILLE, TN (August 01, 2016) – Responding to growing customer demand, the North American Chassis Pool Cooperative (NACPC) continues to offer off-dock premium chassis solutions with a new premium pool in Savannah, Georgia. These chassis will be available for direct lease to motor carriers using NACPC’s at-cost pricing model.

Effective August 01, 2016, NACPC, in partnership with Consolidated Chassis Management (CCM), will commence operating a pool of 40-ft premium chassis available for short and long-term use. These modernized chassis are equipped with radial tires, LED lights and auto-inflation systems – making them among the newest and safest on the market.

Whether for motor carriers or beneficial cargo owners, premium chassis are proving to be an excellent solution for customers who place the utmost value on driver safety and cost-effective operations.

“This premium chassis pool, conveniently located just outside the Port of Savannah, will enable us to make our safe and modern chassis available directly to motor carriers,” said David Manning, President and Chairman of NACPC. “Although we have previously contributed new chassis with this equipment into the gray pools, this particular solution will ensure that our customers have access to a premium quality chassis each and every time.”

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NACPC Remains Committed to At-Cost Chassis Rental Pricing as Competitors Increase Rates

NASHVILLE, TN (July 1, 2016) – The North American Chassis Pool Cooperative (NACPC) has committed to maintaining the most cost-effective chassis rental rates in North America despite competitors raising rates consistently since 2013 as follows:

  • DCLI: $16.12 to $18.50
  • Flexi: $15.30 to $19 SACP/$19.25 MCCP
  • TRAC: $16.39 to $19.50

*Rates sourced from DCLI, Flexi-Van & TRAC Websites as of 6/30/2016

NACPC will maintain at-cost member pricing as follows:

  • MCCP: $14.25
  • COCP: $14.25
  • SACP: $12
  • GCCP: $12

Regarding this decision to maintain at-cost pricing, NACPC President and Chairman Dave Manning states: “Our mission at NACPC is to support motor carriers with an expansive and modernized chassis fleet. This should not come into conflict with our customers’ bottom line – we are here to drive their business and our industry forward and remain committed to doing so with this decision.”

NACPC’s pricing has helped many customers save upwards of $1,000,000 per customer/annually. “Our goal,” says Manning, “Is to invite more customers to learn about NACPC in order to help them positively impact their business’ bottom line. Increased rental rates do not have to slow business down – NACPC is the secret weapon our customers have come to rely on.”

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NACPC Creates Premium Chassis Pool in Houston, to be Operated in Partnership with CCM

We are excited to announce that, due to growing customer demand, NACPC will now offer off-dock premium chassis solutions in Houston. These chassis will be available for direct lease to motor carriers using NACPC’s at-cost pricing model.

From our Press Release:

Effective July 5, 2016, NACPC, in partnership with Consolidated Chassis Management (CCM), will commence operating a pool of 40-ft premium chassis available for short and long-term use. These modernized chassis are equipped with radial tires, LED lights and auto-inflation systems on some units – making them some of the newest and safest on the market.

Whether for motor carriers or beneficial cargo owners, premium chassis are proving to be an excellent solution for customers who place the utmost value on driver safety and cost-effective operations.

“This premium chassis pool with a single stop/start location will enable us to make our safe and modern chassis available directly to motor carriers,” said Dave Manning, President and Chairman of NACPC. “Although we have previously contributed new chassis with this equipment into the gray pools, this particular solution will ensure that our customers have access to a premium quality chassis each and every time.”

 

NACPC Takes the Lead In Chassis Innovation: Company Launches Chassis Tracking with Asset Intelligence

NACPC Takes the Lead In Chassis Innovation: Company Launches Chassis Tracking with Asset Intelligence

NACPC, The North American Chassis Pool Cooperative, is quickly becoming an innovation leader within the intermodal industry. NACPC is partnering with Asset Intelligence to deploy its VERIWISE® Chassis fleet management solution on 270 chassis in NACPC’s fleet, allowing their members and users access to heightened performance.  NACPC President, Dave Manning strongly believes this new technology will provide substantial business value.

“Having the ability to track our chassis will allow us to leverage the multitude of information we receive from continual asset tracking,” said Manning. “We envision the future of chassis logistics as heavily relying on this tracking information instead of solely depending on gate activity. As an organization that is dedicated to keeping our assets in a closed loop, this tracking will assist us in this endeavor by helping us quickly locate a chassis should they slip out of the closed loop.”

The VERIWISE® Chassis fleet management solution from Asset Intelligence enables chassis fleet operators to:

  • Improve fleet utilization, including more rapid redeployment of dormant chassis, resulting in increased revenue;
  • Improve cargo turnaround times, from dispatch and pickup to delivery;
  • Improve billing accuracy with reliable data that shows when assets move and when the billing clock starts and stops
  • Decrease time and fuel costs spent searching for chassis by eliminating manual yard checks and enabling the nearest chassis to be utilized;
  • Reduce chassis maintenance costs by performing preventive maintenance based on actual mileage rather than calendar schedules;
  • Improve verification of intermodal container returns.

Matt Harris, Sr. Vice President of Sales for Asset Intelligence, stated: “We are very pleased to have the opportunity to partner with NACPC, a leader in chassis pool management. Our solutions will provide NACPC with critical visibility and fleet status, and we believe will ultimately help them maximize the efficiency and productivity of their chassis pool.”

Mr. Harris added that the ability to track chassis with accurate, real-time information can provide NACPC with an operational advantage. “Our solution gives NACPC visibility into the location and status of their assets, allowing leased chassis to be kept in the proper lanes for their customers.  VERWISE Chassis also provides valuable data and insight to increase asset utilization and ensure chassis fleets are sized appropriately to meet customer demand.  Additionally, tracking improves billing accuracy, giving chassis pool operators the hard data needed to resolve billing disputes, a common industry challenge.  All of these benefits give NACPC an advantage in serving their customers.”

The chassis pool industry is poised to see tremendous growth in the use of tracking technology in coming years. Traditionally, tracking has been primarily used by truckload carriers for their dry van fleets, however the industry is now seeing early adoption on chassis fleets. “NACPC is certainly well ahead of the industry with this trend, and will be able to have a leg up on their competition by realizing the benefits of tracking.  We’re thrilled to partner with an innovative leader in the industry, and continue to prove the value chassis tracking provides to pool operators.”