Continued growth among Premier Carriers underscores the importance of real-time supply chain visibility to improve performance and customer satisfaction
CHICAGO — July 25, 2023 — Leading real-time supply chain visibility provider FourKites today published its global Premier Carrier List (PCL), which recognizes the rapidly growing community of brokers, carriers and 3PLs who are achieving the highest standards of visibility-related operational excellence across all modes of transport.
FourKites data illustrates that shipping customers are awarding a greater share of their business to carriers who prioritize visibility. The high-quality, consistent and accurate shipment data that PCL carriers provide enables streamlined operations, quicker turn times at the docks, reduced inventory levels and optimized labor costs for shippers. For the first half of 2023, FourKites Premier Carriers defied difficult market conditions — as consumers limited discretionary spending and manufacturing activity remained slow — to achieve an average of 29% growth in shipment volumes compared to the same time period last year. In contrast, non-PCL carriers experienced a reduction in load volumes of 6%, on average, over the same time period.
“Evolve Logistics is proud to be included on the FourKites’ Premier Carrier List,” said Kyle Reynoles, account executive at Evolve Logistics. “FourKites has helped us prove our high-level of service and reliability, which in turn has built new and stronger partnerships with our customers.”
Emphasizing the strategic value of the PCL to shippers, a transportation planning manager at a multinational dairy manufacturer stated, “FourKites’ Premier Carrier List is hugely valuable to us. At a basic level, it enables us to see which carriers are tracking loads consistently. But more importantly, it helps us select carriers who are investing in supply chain visibility to better serve their clients. We now use the PCL as a major part of our vetting process when considering new partner carriers.”
In addition to shipment volume growth, PCL carriers consistently demonstrate exceptional delivery performance, with nearly 70% of shipments delivered on time or ahead of schedule, compared with non-premier carriers who experience late or very late deliveries on 46% of shipments, and deliver early on only 34% of shipments.
“We’re proud to be named a FourKites Premier Carrier,” said Kellen Loveless, Enterprise Sales Director, Convoy. “Convoy and FourKites continue to work together to make sure Convoy loads provide the most consistent and accurate visibility data. This ensures that our mutual customers have real-time visibility into the location of their freight.”
“Faced with a competitive spot market, excess transportation supply, and depressed demand, differentiation for carriers became more important than ever over the last year,” said Brad Klaus, Group Vice President at FourKites. “Our most recent data clearly demonstrates that Premier Carriers who prioritize visibility are not only resilient, they are defying market trends with impressive growth rates. We’re happy to see our Premier Carriers, and their shipping customers, enjoying the demonstrable benefits of real-time transportation visibility.”
FourKites Premier Carrier List is available here. Users can access and search the list according to carrier capabilities, transportation modes, geographies serviced and other relevant criteria. In addition, users can view carriers registered in the US Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay® program.
Leading global supply chain visibility platform FourKites® extends visibility beyond transportation into yards, warehouses, stores and beyond. Tracking more than 3 million shipments daily across road, rail, ocean, air, parcel and last mile, and reaching over 200 countries and territories, FourKites combines real-time data and powerful machine learning to help companies digitize their end-to-end supply chains. More than 1,200 of the world’s most recognized brands — including 9 of the top-10 CPG and 18 of the top-20 food and beverage companies — trust FourKites to transform their business and create more agile, efficient and sustainable supply chains. To learn more, visit https://www.fourkites.com/.