GLOBALTRANZ is proud to present Saia LTL Freight as our valued carrier partner for the month of January, 2016.
Saia LTL Freight offers customers superior less-than-truckload services via its network of nearly 150 terminals in 34 states and is home to the industry-exclusive Customer Service Indicators and Xtreme Guarantee. Saia offers a variety of products and services to meet its customers’ needs including its updated Saia Guaranteed offering.
Saia Guaranteed offers shippers two delivery options – delivery by 12 p.m. (noon) or 5 p.m. on current, published transit times – making it an excellent choice for anyone with critical shipments, quick/important deadlines, special projects, lift gate deliveries and more.
There is one set of rates for the service – a 30% upcharge, with $50 minimum, on shipments to be delivered by 12 p.m. and a 20% upcharge, with a $35 minimum, on shipments to be delivered by 5 p.m.
Customers just need to write “Saia Guaranteed 12” or “Saia Guaranteed 5” on their bills of lading.
Every guaranteed shipment is specially marked within the Saia system, giving our experts up-to-the-minute visibility and the critical information they need to make certain your freight is delivered by the time you indicated.
Guaranteed shipping options are important to customers when they’re selecting a carrier. Saia Guaranteed is one more way the company is providing shippers with the services they need so they can successfully manage their supply chains.
Saia began in 1924 when Louis Saia, Sr., a produce dealer in Houma, LA, decided there was more to be made in delivering produce than selling it. Our first “truck” was the family car with the rear seats removed.
Over the next 45 years, Saia continued to expand, establishing terminals throughout Louisiana and Texas. By 1986, Saia was one of the largest regional less-than-truckload carriers in the country, with 23 terminals across five Southeastern states, approximately 1000 employees and over $50 million in revenue.
In 1987, the Saia family sold the company to Preston Trucking. When Yellow Corporation purchased Preston in 1993, it also acquired Saia. Two years later, Saia merged with Smalley Transportation, another Yellow division, and opened terminals in North and South Carolina and western Texas. As a result, Saia customers had access to 100% of all 11 Southern states we now covered.
In 2001, Yellow integrated its Action Express and WestEx divisions, under the Saia brand, increasing our direct coverage to 21 states and more than 100 terminals. In 2002, Saia and Jevic Transportation, another Yellow Corp. company, spun off to form an independent, publicly traded company, SCST.
In 2004, Clark Brothers Transport, Inc. and its nine-state, 16-terminal network joined Saia’s network, providing our customers service to key Midwestern markets including Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City and Minneapolis. Two years later, SCST sold Jevic Transportation, folded all corporate functions into Saia and began trading on the NASDAQ with the ticker symbol “SAIA.”
In 2007, Saia announced the acquisitions of The Connection Company, of Columbus, OH, and Madison Freight Systems, Inc. based in Waunakee, WI. That same year, we also had over a billion dollars in gross revenue for the first time in our history.
In 2012, Saia expanded our capabilities beyond LTL with the purchase of The Robart Companies, a Georgia-based firm that provides non-assert based truckload service and third-party logistics. In 2015, Saia acquired LinkEx, Inc. a diversified, asset-light, 3PL based in Dallas, Texas.
Today, Saia’s network of nearly 150 terminals covers 34 states in the U.S. as well as Canada. Through our network of partners, we serve the balance of the U.S. including Alaska and Hawaii, plus Puerto Rico and Mexico. Through our operating service groups – Saia LTL, Saia Logistics Services, and LinkEx – we provide complete transportation and logistics solutions.
Saia LTL Freight, a top carrier partner of GlobalTranz.