Crowley Rolls Out First Freight Under $2.3 Billion DFTS Contract
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Crowley Logistics has successfully executed the first cargo move under its new $2.3 billion Defense Freight Transportation Services (DFTS) contract, one of the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) largest transportation services contracts, the company said in a Feb. 14 release.
The military cargo was transported by truck on Feb. 12 from the U.S. Tobyhanna Army Depot in Pennsylvania, which provides logistics support for the communications sector to defense personnel with services such as fabrication and manufacturing, overhaul and repair, engineering design and development, systems integration, and global field support.
“This initial DFTS move is a culmination of years of careful and strategic preparation combined with a lot of diligent work on the part of our logistics team and technology partner 3Gtms,” said Tom Crowley, company chairman and chief executive officer. “We are pleased to get under way — leveraging our dependable commercial expertise and capabilities for U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) and other government customers.”
“Our commitment is to exceed DFTS’ expectations across the service spectrum by capitalizing on Crowley’s unique ability to provide a full suite of logistics services that reduce landed costs and increase supply chain velocity for customers,” said Frank Larkin, Crowley senior vice president and general manager, logistics and commercial services.
The contract, which is for two years followed by five option years, was formally awarded by TRANSCOM to Crowley last year. It calls for Crowley to move various types of cargo from thousands of suppliers through 41 major depots around the continental U.S., including Alaska, and Canada. The program encompasses all forms of truck transportation, including less- than truckload, full truckload, expedited and refrigerated services. Crowley will also move freight via air when required.
Delivery locations include vendor facilities, DoD distribution centers and U.S. military installations. Under the contract, Crowley is providing services to select DoD agencies, with the expectation that other DoD customers and agencies outside the department could join.
“We have put together a team of experts, including retired military, transportation and technology leaders, who understand the unique requirements of DFTS to provide a differentiated customer experience, state-of-the-art technology solution and create value for DoD,” said Crowley’s Bob Weist, vice president, North America transportation.
To maximize efficiency, Crowley has partnered with technology company 3Gtms to use its transportation management system to enhance DFTS services as well as Crowley’s inland transportation services for commercial companies. The 3Gtms system enhances the management of all aspects of the transportation of goods, including planning and decision-making; transportation execution; transport follow up, measurement and reporting.