ABF Freight System
Arkansas Best Corp.’s ABF Freight System unit announced plans to cut 30 of its 277 service centers as part of an effort to improve overall service.
In a Dec. 4 regulatory filing, the company said its less-than-truckload unit already has closed eight terminals, and operations at 22 will be consolidated into nearby facilities.
The regulatory filing said that the move, formally known as a change of operations, “will result in improved transit times for customers, enhanced operational efficiency and greater density in the carrier’s less-than-truckload freight network. The company will continue to directly serve customers in all the markets it currently serves.”
The action came barely a month after ABF’s Teamsters ratified a new contract after nearly a year of talks. During negotiations, Arkansas Best said it needed to increase system efficiency. After the agreement was signed, the company said the contract would lower costs by at least $55 million annually.