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Kevin TaylorVP of Carrier Operations, FourKites

We have just released our Q4 Premier Carrier List, which showcases the brokers, carriers and 3PLs that have achieved the highest standards of visibility-related operational excellence, out of the thousands of carriers we work with throughout the world. Carriers qualify for inclusion on the list based on their ability to provide high-quality, consistent and accurate data over the vast majority of their loads. This quarter, more than 200 carriers made it onto the list – our highest number yet.  

Accurate, reliable real-time visibility data is critical to the nearly 400 shippers that make up FourKites’ global customer base, allowing them to drive a consistent customer service experience, reduce order lead times and much more. The companies featured on the Premier Carrier List are the most highly sought after by those customers for the simple reason that they make those goals much more easily attainable. Currently in its fourth edition, the full list is available only to FourKites customers, though we did create a shorter, public-facing version last quarter to give people a better idea of the information we had compiled. Click here to read more about the Premier Carrier List, and to see additional resources we have available to our carrier partners.

By highlighting the carriers who do the best job of providing their customers with real-time visibility data, we’re greasing the wheels of the global logistics industry, making it easier for shippers to identify high-quality carrier partners, while also highlighting the efforts of forward-thinking carriers and helping them attract more business. In short, by raising the visibility bar for the entire industry, both carriers and shippers are benefitting! 

Our Growing Carrier List

We had high hopes when we introduced the Premier Carrier List earlier this year. But we didn’t expect quite as much enthusiasm as we’ve received – on both sides of the aisle. Over the past year, the list has nearly doubled in size, helping an ever-growing number of outstanding carriers provide their customers with the data they need to streamline operations, increase the speed of dock turnaround times, reduce inventory levels and better manage labor costs. 

Here are just a few of the reasons the Premier Carrier List has grown so quickly in so little time.

Benefits to Carriers 

We have many documented examples from carriers stating that they have won new business, retained business or increased volume with existing customers due to their inclusion in the list. 

We’re incredibly pleased to be recognized as a Premier Carrier in FourKites’ most recent quarterly list. This has been a great vehicle that has tangibly improved our deal flow with shippers and facilitated closer collaboration and better relationships with our shipping customers. We look forward to being on the list for the long term.

– Kyle Kottke | General Manager, Kottke Trucking, Inc


Here’s a real-world example: After opting in to the inaugural FourKites’ Premier Carrier List, one of our carrier partners was approached directly by a major FourKites shipper who utilized the list to source new carriers for their upcoming RFP.  Just a few months later, that carrier was hauling loads for that shipper in the FourKites platform. 

The long and short of it is simple: The reward for great data is more business!

Benefits to Shippers

The Premier Carrier List has been in high demand not only by our carrier partners. Over the 12 months, we’ve noticed competence with FourKites technology increasingly listed as a core qualification on job applications, RFPs and other listings put out by the shippers, 3PLs and enterprises that FourKites serves.

For some shippers, the Premier Carrier List has provided the impetus to make sweeping changes to their entire carrier base. As one customer recently told me, “Any new carrier that participates in our RFPs needs to find themselves on the Premier Carrier List for FourKites tracking.”

Over the years, we’ve continued to invest in our people, equipment and technology to make sure our customers receive excellent service. Our ability to share the most accurate and recent data is a big reason for our success in offering reliable, cost-effective, customer-focused service.

– Misty Darnell | VP Corporate Development, Paschall Truck Lines, Inc.


And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Many of our customers use the Premier Carrier List during network analysis, for carrier sourcing, during procurement events, and even as a key differentiator in choosing to partner with FourKites in the first place.

We’ve seen carriers adopt use of the Premier Carrier Logo on their website, social media, email signatures and business cards. In short, we’ve seen improvement on all fronts, helped along by a surge in the availability and quality of transportation data.


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Into the Future

As we head into 2020, we expect this list to continue to evolve, expand and – most importantly – provide value to our shipper and carrier partners alike. We plan to make changes that will improve our recognition of international carriers, as well as carriers across different modes of transportation.

To everyone who made it onto this quarter’s Premier Carrier List for the first time: Welcome!

To everyone else, welcome back!

And to those of you just learning about the list, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at [email protected] for more information. High-quality data and visibility is the first step toward building a better future for the logistics community, and we are pleased to be in a position to help spread that gospel. 

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