Fleet Augmentation and Short Notice Transportation

When the largest windows and doors manufacturer in the U.S. needs fleet augmentation on the fly, they called Safeway Logistics. We customized a solution for them using our fleet of professional drivers and more than 100 agents across the country. With access to this national pool of drivers and agents, they can ensure project completion even while short-staffed, and with very short notice.

“We’ve had a long and successful relationship with this client,” said John Starks, Safeway’s Senior VP of Business Development. “We’ve helped satisfy their fleet augmentation needs more than 1,000 times so far.”

A Custom Solution Becomes a Popular Offering

While Safeway’s innovative short notice transportation solution was developed for a specific client, we’ve customized it for many other clients to help with their fleet augmentation needs. We can tailor it for you, too!

“We’re a leading provider of specialized transportation. Safeway Logistics has the experience and personnel to meet a variety of driver and tractor requests across the country with as little as two business days’ notice.” said John.

How Does it Work?

We work tirelessly to provide consistent and satisfying customer experiences. Our fleet augmentation clients work with a single-point-of-contact to fully assess their needs and create an action plan. Any unexpected staffing gaps can be resolved quickly and efficiently with our fully-staffed fleet of professional drivers. Our drivers are all well-trained in the best practices of handling special products; and all are ready at a moment’s notice.

Plus, we offer direct Less-Than-Load (LTL) and other modes of transport to help manage customers’ immediate delivery concerns while their fleet augmentation solutions are put into place. This allows time for their private fleet to catch up once their own drivers are operational again.

Whether you need drivers for just a few days, or for several weeks, Safeway has a proven value-added solution ready to go. We’ll ensure you can pass that consistency, efficiency, and customer satisfaction on to your own customers.

“We’ve gotten some amazing feedback on this solution,” said John. “I’m not aware of any other carrier that can match us with a specialized power-only fleet, with as much coverage, and as quickly as we can. Our on-demand solution has become an indispensable part of many clients’ fleet services.”

Experience Paired with Innovation.

Experience our dedication to quality specialty transport and customer satisfaction first hand. Put Safeway Logistics’ long history of innovative custom solutions and our expansive network of service providers to work for you. Call us at 800-545-2899 7 AM to 6 PM ET, Monday through Friday, or email blog@safewaylogisticsus.com.

Tens of Thousands of Tons to Over 600 Locations

We love challenging projects because they let us really shine. We have nearly 50 years of experience designing custom solutions for our clients. Here we share with you a little bit about a project delivering multiple sizes of refrigerator units — tens of thousands of tons of equipment in all — to more than 600 locations across the country.

More than just a move.

The first priority was mobilizing a large network of well-trained delivery providers.  Safeway Logistics coordinated all the inbound transportation, designed a consistent process with controls to manage overages, shortages, and damages (OS&D). All service providers would complete deliveries and direct-bill their services to the client.   Safeway provided service provider information to our client to be uploaded into their ERP systems.  This enabled the client to quickly add more than 600 new vendors into their system to prepare to process payment.

Drawing on past experience with large-scale, multi-destination deliveries, we developed a custom, single-point-of-contact solution that enabled and managed communication between our client, the project managers, and our professional drivers.

“The client provided a spreadsheet that detailed all of the destination points,” said Jamie Ferguson, Safeway’s VP of Sales. “We worked closely with our agents to secure not-to-exceed rates that allowed for accurate budgeting for our client and ensured compliance with the scope of work.”

Getting the job done.

Safeway Logistics worked closely with the client to manage every detail and coordinate all deliveries. The job was completed successfully and without a single service failure or damage claim.

All units were delivered as-scheduled to the more than 600 locations throughout the United States. Equipment was received, inspected, and OS&D procedures were completed as outlined in the scope of work.

“On every delivery, our team set the equipment up, installed racking, and connected to power,” said Jamie. “Our agents performed debris-removal and provided a photo of the equipment in place which showed the operating temperature. We also provided documentation, including a signed POD, that confirmed the product was successfully delivered damage-free, on-time, and was ready to use.”

Experience goes a long way.

Experience our dedication to quality specialty transport and customer satisfaction first hand. Put Safeway Logistics’ long history of innovative custom solutions and our expansive network of service providers to work for you. Call us at 800-545-2899 7 AM to 6 PM ET, Monday through Friday, or email blog@safewaylogisticsus.com.

Safeway Specialty Flatbed Moves Prized Sculpture Collection

Transporting artwork requires special handling. So, when award-winning artist Dan Ostermiller needed more than 20 valuable bronze sculptures moved 440 miles from his studio in Loveland, Colorado to the Nedra Matteucci Galleries in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Safeway Logistics Specialty Flatbed got the call.

Ostermiller is well-known for his wildlife-inspired creations. His animal sculptures are currently the focus of the Gardens Gone Wild! exhibit at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden at Museum Hill, on display until May 2019.

The assignment presented Safeway with a few unique challenges. Because of their large size, the sculptures needed a vehicle that offered side and overhead access so they could be carefully loaded and unloaded by crane. Also, the sculptures featured a highly prized patina (or finish) that needed to be protected from the weather.

A Solid Solution for Transporting Artwork.

A Conestoga-equipped flatbed trailer provided the required loading and unloading access and protection from the elements.

“Each piece is unique and had its own logistical implications,” said Matt Leitz, Safeway’s General Manager. “We relied on one of our highly skilled professional drivers who worked with the artist to understand the intricacies of moving each piece.”

Driver Tim Wendt got the assignment. With more than 35 years’ worth of experience under his belt, he knew exactly what was needed to complete the specialty move on time, claim-free and anxiety-free. “It was excellent,” said Tim. “I enjoy transporting these unusual shipments and working with interesting people. The artist and I are cigar aficionados so after the job was completed, we exchanged our favorite cigars.”

The job was booked by Molly Malone, one of Safeway’s many independent sales agents. “Our sales agents have a diverse clientele with an even more diverse portfolio of shipment types,” said Matt. “We work hard to provide customized solutions and are passionate about what we do.”

Molly has been working with the staff and drivers of Safeway Logistics Specialty Flatbed for several decades and with many, many artists.

Safeway Logistics Specialty Flatbed has a long history of safely transporting works of art. “We’ve been providing transportation services to the art community for decades,” noted Matt. “From hauling the Joe Louis “Fist” monument back in the 80’s to the more recent move of a $20 million “Play-Doh” sculpture by Jeff Koons, the Safeway name is synonymous with securely transporting art.”

Want to know more about our Specialty Flatbed Services?

To learn more about this service, and about how we can handle all of your logistics projects, call us at 800-545-2899 7 AM to 6 PM ET, Monday through Friday, or email blog@safewaylogisticsus.com.