Maverick USA, JB Hunt Lead Trucking Performance

by Jan Cottingham  on Monday, Apr. 29, 2013 12:00 am  

Recently, J.B. Hunt has branched out into residential delivery, or “Final Mile Services.” Through the company’s Dedicated Contract Services segment, its specialized trucks are providing in-home delivery of goods like appliances, furniture and electronics. Final Mile also includes B-to-B delivery.

J.B. Hunt cites the expansion of e-commerce in explaining the move, its website noting, “In this age of e-commerce, your business shouldn’t be limited by your ability to efficiently deliver goods. For your residential needs, let Final Mile Services do the heavy lifting. From appliances, furniture and electronics, to building supplies for the construction site, Final Mile Services delivers with the right combination of people, equipment and expertise.”

“They’re now, instead of just being a trucking company that is business only, that brand is now becoming familiar to the consumer,” Crowell said. “It’s very high end. Think about it: If you’re going to have one or two people setting up appliances at someone’s home, you’ve got to have some good folks to represent you.”

On the not-so-sunny minus side of the performance picture stands USA Truck, which in February replaced CEO Cliff Beckham with John Simone. Beckham returned to his previous post as executive vice president and CFO.

In a February interview with Arkansas Business, Simone said the next 100 days were critical to establishing the company’s long-term vision. He said he was evaluating USA Truck’s strategy as short-haul carrier and its organizational structure and looking at ways to improve retention of drivers and other employees.

The leadership change was one of several the company has undergone since reporting the largest quarterly loss in company history last year.

About the List

Nine of the 17 companies reporting revenue figures reported an increase in 2012 compared with the previous year. Eight reported declines.

The list itself saw little movement. In addition to J.B. Hunt’s jump to No. 2, the only other change in ranking occurred in the ninth- and 10th-place spots: P.A.M. Transport of Tontitown moved to ninth place from 10th last year, switching places with USA Truck.

Largest Private Fleets

Another list, the largest private trucking fleets operating in Arkansas, saw its first major change in several years with the purchase of Little Rock’s Mail Contractors of America by North Little Rock’s Pat Salmon & Sons. The combined company is now Salmon Cos. Company officials failed to return a number of phone calls from Arkansas Business seeking details on the development.

 

 

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