July 16, 2012
Estes Express Lines Announces General Rate Increase
RICHMOND, Va.—Although the cost of doing business continues to rise, Estes remains dedicated to providing you with a top-notch shipping experience year after year. To do so, we must invest in technology, equipment and our people. That’s why we find it necessary to implement a price increase averaging 6.9%, effective July 23, 2012.
This decision was made only after careful analysis. For example, innovative technology is no longer optional. Today’s logistics require advanced tools for rating, routing, documenting and tracking your freight.
Another area of needed investment is equipment. New equipment costs have increased, especially for tractors. However, the role of up-to-date equipment in maintaining both a reliable delivery schedule and safety standards can never be compromised.
Also, you are probably aware of the growing national driver shortage. This necessitates larger budgets for hiring and retaining qualified drivers who can help maintain our service at a level that you can count on.
Maintaining fiscal responsibility by balancing costs and income is a principle we’ve learned over the last 81 years.
And our eight decades of experience have shown that focusing on fiscal discipline is the best way to assure you of continued excellence.
The updated rates can be accessed through your My Estes Account or they can be downloaded from our site. For individual rate quotes, please call your local Estes terminal or contact one of our rating specialists at 1-866-ESTES4U
(1-866-378-3748), and press 12. As always, feel free to call your Estes sales representative with any questions.
We appreciate your understanding and thank you for allowing Estes to be your transportation services provider.
Paul J. Dugent
Estes Express Lines
Vice President, Pricing & Traffic
Richmond, VA-based Estes is a full-service freight transportation provider offering a full range of shipping solutions including LTL, Time Critical, Volume & Truckload, Global and Custom Solutions. Founded in 1931 by W.W. Estes and still owned by the Estes family, the company has grown from a small, local carrier into one of the most respected total-solutions providers in the industry.