CRST launches Temperature Controlled Team Service

CRST International Inc has introduced a new expedited Temperature Controlled Team Service (TCTS). This service will operate as a division of CRST Expedited, the largest operating company of CRST International. Initial service includes both chilled and frozen products, and it already has begun.

Dave Rusch, president and chief executive officer of CRST International, said, “We will be providing transcontinental transportation of perishable products in less than 60 hours at a price that is competitive with single drivers. Typical single-driver perishable deliveries take about five-and-a-half days.”

TCTS will cater to cold chain retailers and producers looking for quality service to deliver products such as fruits and vegetables, dairy, meats, fish and shellfish, confections, ice cream, pharmaceuticals, wine, beer, and health and beauty aids. Rusch also said produce is the fastest-growing market for temperature-controlled transportation, with organic products not far behind.

“The value in our new service is not just our team drivers and the speed with which they can deliver goods, but also added security for the contents since at least one driver is always with the tractor,” said Rusch. “With our team approach, the vehicle is virtually in constant motion moving toward its destination.”

Understanding the seasonal nature of the temperature-controlled transportation market, CRST offers the flexibility to increase or decrease capacity based on peak seasons or individual retailer or producer needs, via cross-utilization of CRST Expedited’s fleet of about 2,000 team tractors.

TCTS will use CRST drivers and equipment, including new Thermo King refrigerated units and insulated Utility trailers that can maintain temperatures as low as –20° F.

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