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Winter 2019

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Crowley Provides Supply Chain Solutions to Other Government Agencies, Including SDDC As both a prime contractor and subcontractor, Crowley has also provided adaptive inland transportation for several Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) contracts across the U.S. The company has partnered with over 6,500 carriers along with some of the largest over- the-road and rail transportation providers to provide SDDC a range of services, including full and less-than-truckload (FTL/LTL) road transportation, expedited shipments, dedicated rail, container stuffing/un-stuffing, and cargo and flat rack stripping. In a two-year period, the company coordinated the movement of 1,600 military vehicles as a subcontractor, which included trans-loading military cargo onto domestic equipment before transporting it to active, National Guard and reserve units throughout the country. Additionally, Crowley served as the subcontractor for the movement of 49, 2.5-ton vehicles from Fort Knox to the Port of Charleston, S.C., achieving 100 percent on-time delivery; and moved 15 truckloads of mixed palletized goods from the Port of Beaumont to the Port of Corpus Christi in Texas with a 98 percent on-time rating. As a prime contractor, Crowley moved approximately 12 shipments from the 842nd Transportation Battalion in Beaumont, Texas, to Fort Polk, La., which required quick response times, a myriad of equipment types, and even unplanned pickups for shipments that were missed by other providers. "Our high level of operational support is a testament of our recognition of the importance of meeting strict pick-up and delivery dates," said Weist. "We are committed to providing the best service possible and as such, our customer transportation coordinators take a hands-on, proactive approach when moving any government cargo." As such, Crowley has worked tirelessly on carrier-focused innovation to secure relationships across the nation with truckers who share the company's values of safety, integrity and high performance. "We've worked hard to create value-added services for carriers within the Crowley network," said Weist. "We've deployed technology in the field and opened additional drop yards in strategic locations to facilitate quick turns for them. We've also enhanced our back-office support for dedicated carriers and moved to a quick- pay system." Under the contract, Crowley is providing services to select DoD agencies. That however, is subject to change as other DoD customers and agencies look for ways to capitalize on the success of the partnership in their own supply chain realms. "Every step of this process has been a privilege unrivaled in my career," said Patrick Wallace, director, strategic sourcing and operations. "The most rewarding part of implementing this program has been getting to know the customer, the men and women that serve our country. Providing valuable solutions to them brings an immense sense of pride to our team." "We are proud of our team's work to implement a consolidated freight contract on the scale of this size," said Tom Crowley, chairman and CEO. "It was an arduous task, but it was one that we've spent years preparing for. We've employed the best thought leaders and the best technology, which have fortified our place in the industry as one of the leading providers of total supply chain solutions to the U.S. government and beyond." "We've worked hard to create value- added services for carriers within the Crowley network." Connections Magazine, Issue 18 25

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