Redwood Logistics driving to double in size

Backed by CI Capital, the Chicago-based company already has made two acquisitions this year.

Redwood Logistics driving to double in size

Backed by CI Capital, the Chicago-based company already has made two acquisitions this year.

Redwood Logistics driving to double in size

Backed by CI Capital, the Chicago-based company already has made two acquisitions this year.

 
Redwood Logistics, which announced its acquisition of Strive Logistics this week, hopes to double revenues from about $500 million in 2018 to $1 billion as soon as 2020.
    Mark Yeager, the chief executive officer of the Chicago-based company, said that Redwood has gone from an organization with 320 employees in 2017, to one with 750 workers today, not including truck drivers it employs. The company says it is now both a top-15 truck broker and multimodal logistics provider managing over $1 billion in freight.
    Redwood has grown both organically and through acquisition. In addition to the purchase of Strive, on Jan. 29 Redwood announced it had acquired Atlanta-based LTX Solutions, a provider of less-than-truckload freight management and transportation freight management.
    We think we are definitely one of the faster-growing truck brokerage companies in the United States, said Yeager (pictured above).
    Yeager noted that the truck brokerage business is very fragmented, with thousands of smaller brokers and a few very large players such as C.H. Robinson and Echo.
   “We think we can navigate to a position that enables us to execute very effectively, but also provide customized solutions to our customers,” he said. “If we get to a critical mass, we will be in a differentiated position in a competitive marketplace.”
    A broker brings more value when there is an imbalance between supply and demand for trucking and less in a period of equilibrium, Yeager explained. In a tight market, a broker can bring value to a shippers having difficulty finding capacity, and vice a versa, when capacity is plentiful, a broker can be most valuable to carriers.
    He said “2018 was a sellers market and that enabled us to perform quite well as an organization by being an effective purchaser when shippers were having a great deal of difficulty securing capacity.
    “We want to continue to grow. Growth brings a depth of customer base, carrier base and talent and ability to invest in more technology.
    About 60 percent of Redwood’s revenue comes from truck brokerage — matching truckers and shippers who need over-the-road truckload transportation. Another 20 percent is LTL management and the remaining revenue coming from transportation management and a dedicated trucking operation that the company has based out of El Paso, Texas.
    Redwood and Strive, also based in Chicago, provide similar services, said Yeager, “but there isn’t a lot of customer overlap. They do a lot of business in the consumer products world and have a number of very large customers. We tend to serve more the middle market. So it’s really a nice combination.
   It adds to density and size of carrier base so the pool of capacity we can access got much larger, he said. It also brings in “management and front line talent — the folks who know how to buy and price appropriately.
    Strive also has a large office in Austin, Texas, and Yeager said, “Part of our strategy has been to expand geographically, so this really helps us enter a new and highly significant market.”
    Terms of the Strive and Redwood transactions were not disclosed.
    In January 2018, the New York-based private equity firm CI Capital Partners acquired a majority interest in Redwood and combined Redwood with Simplified Logistics, an Ohio-based LTL provider that CI Capital had owned since February 2017.
    “Strive has made significant investments in both its people and its proprietary technology, and we are very excited to welcome the Strive team and its technology to the Redwood family,” said Yeager. “We see this as a major step in establishing Redwood as an industry leader and a transformative force in the marketplace.”
   He said Redwood will adopt Strives proprietary transportation management system, called LoadRunner, which he said has business intelligence and process automation features that were lacking in Redwoods current system
    Yeager was formerly vice chairman and president of Hub Group before leaving that company in 2015.
    Redwood President Todd Berger said the company is focused on bringing next-generation, tech-driven solutions so that our customers can continue to realize cost savings and efficiencies and achieve their shipping goals. Strive’s high-caliber team, blue-chip customer base, focus on technology, geographic reach and the clear similarities in how we work to serve our customers make Strive the perfect merger candidate. We are thrilled to join forces with the Strive team and can’t wait to see what the future holds for Redwood.”
    The combined company will operate under the Redwood brand, and Strive CEO Ben Greene, President Jon Provus and the rest of Strive’s management team will be joining the Redwood organization. Similarly, Adam McDaniel, the founder and CEO of LTX is remaining with Redwood.
    “Redwood Logistics is the ideal partner for Strive due to our compatible cultures and shared focus on addressing our customers’ most critical logistics challenges through the effective combination of people and technology,” said Greene.

The strategy of only relying on unilateral pressure is causing a lot of collateral damage in the United States and elsewhere. We should stop bashing our allies, threatening tariffs with them [and] collaborate with them.

Average container vessel size on the Asia to North Europe trade actually shrank between May 2018 and May 2019, falling from 14,253 TEUs to 13,808 TEUs, although total container vessel count on the trade rose from 219 to 229, according to BlueWater Reporting’s Capacity Report.

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