Forward Air rolls out LTL and pickup and delivery service in Wichita, Kansas

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Greenville, Tennessee-based asset-light freight and logistics service provider Forward Air announced this week that it is now offering expedited LTL and PUD (pickup and delivery) services in Wichita, KS.

The company announced that the Forward LTL facility will be the first Kansas-based LTL terminal, adding that it will leverage space and resources within its Wichita-based Final Mile operation, with an emphasis on providing one larger service offerings in the Wichita area. Additionally, it has been found that the coexistence of Final Mile and LTL operations allows Forward to grow organically while investing less than a traditional new market expansion.

“This expansion is part of Forward’s ongoing journey to further develop its national LTL network for broader market coverage beyond airport-to-airport presence,” it said.

Forward Air Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Schmitt said in a statement that as Forward Air continues to expand its national presence, it is looking for ways to create efficiency, with Wichita serving as a perfect example.

“We have a strong Final Mile presence across Kansas and high customer demand for LTL in the region so we can flex our muscles and bring our world-class accelerated LTL service to Wichita and the greater Kansas area,” he said.

A Forward Air spokesman told LM that there were myriad factors that drove Forward Air to introduce these services in Wichita.

“Wichita has a resilient, diverse, and growing local economy that is centered around the aerospace industry,” he said. “The aerospace industry employs over 30,000 people locally and generates more than 10 billion US dollars annually. Forward has an existing Final Mile facility in Wichita so we can use that facility to bring our world-class expedited LTL service to the Wichita market. “

Prior to this expansion, he said the company did not offer LTL service to or from the primary Wichita market.

“With the introduction of the expedited LTL and the pick-up and delivery service, we are pleased to be able to offer a new value-driven option to current and new customers,” he said. “This location connects Wichita to Forward’s extensive nationwide network with more than 100 access points and three-day transit times to both coasts. We are entering the market as the fastest accelerated LTL carrier in the region with unmatched speed to destination. “

May 12, 2021

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