Regarding Trucking

Author: Dave Manning

Recently I had the opportunity to sit down with Robert Haag, the host of the podcast “Regarding Trucking,” and discuss my personal journey to the role of President at TCW Inc. and Chairman of North America Chassis Pool Cooperative (NACPC). “Regarding Trucking” is a one-on-one, in-depth, interview podcast with the people who make the trucking industry what it is today and where it will be tomorrow. The podcast shares knowledge, beliefs and leadership skills to inspire us all to do great things.

From working on my family’s farm to graduating college and driving truck for my uncle, I earned my PhD. from the school of hard knocks – it was a long and rewarding journey. However, to this day, I know that you are always responsible for performance regardless of the circumstances, and you can’t take the easy way out. If you have a commitment, you have to live up to it regardless of what adversity might come your way. We also discussed my involvement in the American Trucking Associations (ATA), Tennessee Trucking Association and Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) – the importance of these associations to advance the issues that we would all agree are important in our industry.

I’m energized by the opportunity in our industry right now, especially NACPC – what we are doing now and what the future will bring as we continue to support the intermodal network with an efficient supply and new fleet of chassis, at-cost. I hope you enjoy listening to this episode of the “Regarding Trucking” podcast and subscribe on Apple iTunes or Google Play to receive future episodes.

NACPC - ContainerPort Group, Inc.

Member Spotlight – ContainerPort Group, Inc.

“NACPC is Always Looking Out for MCs – It’s at the Heart of What NACPC Does”

We recently sat down with James R. Kramer, Senior Vice President – Midwest of ContainerPort Group, Inc. (CPG), to learn more about the benefits the shared and premium chassis pools operated by NACPC and how, as a founding member of NACPC, the organization has changed over the past five years.

 

As a founding member of NACPC, how has the organization changed over the last five years?

 

NACPC has stayed true to its mission by keeping the focus on at-cost. We’ve introduced more premium chassis, as well as keeping up with the changing trends in the industry. These things are important to our mission at CPG and we are happy to partner with an organization that feels the same way.

 

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

At the NACPC member’s rate we are experiencing significant savings compared to the industry standard rate, and that amounts to significant benefits to our organization and to our customers.

 

Why do you choose NACPC? 

 

It’s at the core of what NACPC does. They care about their customers. They believe in the mission. It was a program founded to benefit the motor carriers and its members.

 

Tell us about CPG’s utilization of premium vs shared chassis. What is unique about each?

 

For premium pools, the benefit is decreased M&R (maintenance and repairs) which equates to less down time for the driver. This translates to increased savings overall to a motor carriers bottom line.

 

CPG manages some of NACPC’s premium pools (Columbus, Cincinnati and Detroit). Tell us about that experience.

 

As a terminal operator, it’s important for us to provide a very efficient service for all the motor carriers that come through. The pools that we manage for NACPC are all premium pools. That means those chassis have LED lights, radial tires, anti-lock braking systems and auto-inflation, which is an advantage to all motor carriers in those regions.

NACPC Expands Premium Chassis Pool Network to New Orleans, LA

New Orleans, LA – After significant input from the local drayage community and Ports America, The North American Chassis Pool Cooperative (NACPC), announces the launch of a Premium Chassis Pool in New Orleans, Louisiana. This 40-ft. premium pool is fleeted with NEW chassis with radial tires, LED lights, ABS and auto-inflation systems.

The NACPC New Orleans Premium Chassis Pool can be leased direct to motor carriers or beneficial cargo owners for daily, short and long-term use – allowing MCs and BCOs to take advantage of NACPC’s at-cost pricing model.

In partnership with Consolidated Chassis Management (CCM), NACPC will commence operation of the 40-ft Premium Chassis Pool in New Orleans located at:

Ports America
5901 Terminal Drive
New Orleans, LA 70115

 

NACPC New Orleans Premium Chassis Pool Benefits Include:

  • 40’ chassis available for direct lease to motor carriers using NACPC’s at-cost pricing model
  • Available for short and long-term use
  • Customer simply picks up chassis from Ports America and is invoiced from date of interchange – out to date of interchange – in back to Ports America
  • Brand new chassis are equipped with radial tires, LED Lights, some with auto-inflation systems to help reduce over the road repair issues. These chassis provide a much higher level of safety to your company, drivers and customers
  • Allows customer to use and be invoiced by NACPC directly for new chassis on Merchant Haulage moves returning to Ports America

There are terms and conditions specific to acquisition and return of these units to Ports America so be sure to contact your NACPC representative or Ports America for complete details.

 

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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.

 

The North American Chassis Pool Cooperative - NACPC Chassis - At-Cost Pricing

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.

The North American Chassis Pool Cooperative - NACPC Chassis - The Evans Network of Companies

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.”