As one of Canada’s leading cross border carriers, Polaris Transportation continues to raise the bar with the launch of overnight LTL service between the metro areas of Boston and Toronto. The company has made many improvements to their Canada/USA service since appointing Dave Bush, VP Business Processes, earlier this year. This lane is the most recent addition to their improved transit times within their cross border LTL service niche.
Mr. Bush is based in the U.S. and has focused on initiatives to increase efficiency, while improving service. He explains, “We’ve been very encouraged by our recent success with the Toronto/Los Angeles lane. We have significantly reduced transit times and have experienced over a 19% increase in activity since the launch. We have used a similar process to enhance the Boston/ Toronto corridor. Better yet, a large portion of Central and Eastern Massachusetts, all of Rhode Island and parts of Eastern Connecticut benefit from this enhanced service offering.”
Polaris Transportation serves the LTL needs of a wide range of industries including; high-tech, tourism, medical, printing and government defense. These are all active industry segments for Polaris customers shipping freight between Boston, Toronto and surrounding areas. President Larry Cox adds, “Customers looking for asset based, LTL service for their time sensitive requirements can rely on us with confidence. Our future growth will rely heavily on our abilities to identify and execute continued improvements to our cross border transit times and overall customer service.”
Polaris Transportation Group is proud to be represented by Jon Saunders, their Vice-President Finance, at the upcoming summit to be held June 16-18, 2015 in Chicago. This meeting of minds is a premier event in the transportation and logistics industry.
Over 600 C-Level executives are expected to attend the annual summit. There will be 30 individual sessions, workshops and break-out discussions for 3PLs, carriers and shippers. The Annual 3PL Summit and CSCO is promoted as a one of a kind networking opportunity for all. President Larry Cox states, “We are extremely pleased to be invited to speak at this event. Jon has a wealth of knowledge and a particular expertise in merger and acquisition strategy to share.”
Mr. Saunders will participate in two sessions: “Driving Growth in Mid-Sized Logistics Companies” and “The Logistics Service Provider Mid-Market Community”. Saunders explains, “We were asked to participate as a result of our growth profile in the USA and excellent relationship with U.S. partner carriers and customers. It’s an honour to contribute and learn from the who’s who of the industry in attendance at the summit. We encourage all those interested to register at www.3PLSummit.com”
Effective Thursday, April 16, 2015, The Government of Canada will launch a new mentorship program to “help further the careers of women in the nation’s trucking industry, and identify best practices that can better support the hiring and retention of under-represented demographic groups”.
Dr. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, is challenging leaders across the country to make a difference in a woman’s career by pledging to be her champion. Minister Leitch reached out to Jon Saunders, VP Finance, Polaris Transportation Group, and invited him to join the movement. Larry Cox, President of Polaris states, “We are very proud to have Jon representing us in this initiative. We look forward to the results of his mentorship with a very capable young lady on our logistics team”.
Women make up nearly half of the Canadian work force but only a small percentage of the various careers available in the transportation industry. Mr. Saunders comments, “The individual selected as a mentee shows a lot of potential and I am excited to mentor her over the next year. My objective will be to further develop her confidence and the self-belief required to successfully advance in this industry. It will also serve as a foundation to develop further efforts in this area.”
In addition to the mentorship program, Polaris is also collaborating with the Richard Ivey School of Business in a co-op program over the summer of 2015. A male and female participant from the highly recognized school will start their summer placement with Polaris in May of this year. The two candidates are on the Dean’s list in the HBA program (Honours Business Administration). Jon Saunders adds, “One of the challenges we face as an organization is fueling our growth with bright young candidates that will make our industry their home. Both the mentorship program and the co-op placements are examples of our commitment to show initiative and leadership in this area”.
More information about It Starts with One —Be Her Champion is available on the Status of Women Canada website at: women.gc.ca/startwithone.
Using a combination of their assets and an exclusive partner carrier, Polaris Transportation now connects Los Angeles and Toronto with daily LTL schedules that deliver an expedited 2-4 business day service, without the premium price tag.
The improved GTA/LA service focuses on LTL shipments of dry goods, consumer products and high value commodities. Typically, a 100 mile radius of the destination and origin cities are part of the local pick-up and delivery area, at no additional cost or delay in transit.
Polaris Transportation is well known for their abilities in streamlining processes related to Cross Border LTL service, including customs clearance and homeland security protocols. To drive these efficiencies further, the company recently created a new senior position in the U.S. to further enhance their LTL offerings. The U.S. based, VP Business Processes, Dave Bush explains, "Our customers have come to expect expeditious yet claims free service between the USA and Canada, the Toronto- Los Angeles lane being no exception. Based on customer feedback, we decided to greatly enhance our service in this lane, shaving a minimum of 2 days transit off all points. We are extremely excited to offer this level of Cross Border LTL service to our loyal customer base."
As a 20 year veteran in Cross Border LTL, Polaris Transportation continues to increase their presence as a Canadian carrier by expanding their footprint in the U.S. market. Polaris Transportation’s President, Larry Cox adds, "I love it when things fall into place like our California service. It’s a testament to our team’s commitment and collective ability to embrace positive change."
Polaris Transportation Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Jon Saunders as Vice President Finance for the Canadian and U.S. operations, commencing January 26, 2015. In this role, Mr. Saunders will lead the firm’s acquisition and strategic initiatives, while providing oversight to the finance division. Mr. Saunders will be working out of the head office location in Mississauga, Ontario.
Mr. Saunders states “Transportation and logistics has always been a part of my DNA. My first job after university was as a Supply Chain Analyst at Canadian Tire, which is where I met my wife. More recently, my experience at HSBC Bank was finding ways to support businesses grow their businesses globally. One of my best experiences was joining a supply chain and logistics trade delegation on a four city tour in Asia, organized by Bob Armstrong. At RBC, my mandate was working with high growth health care companies who were very active with a variety of acquisition strategies ranging from new start ups to Private Equity backed consolidators. While perhaps an unconventional background by industry standards, it fits the growth ambitions of Polaris and I am delighted to be joining such a strong team of dedicated professionals.” Jon holds an MBA with distinction from the Richard Ivey School of Business.
Mr. Saunders will play a key role in expanding Polaris’ North American footprint. Mr. Saunders expresses “Polaris is a company that has consistently grown during its 20 year history by listening to its customers and finding ways to better service them. The idea is to carry forward that winning organic approach by adding complementary businesses and like-minded people to the Polaris team to better serve more customers”.
His senior positions at HSBC and RBC will bring a fresh set of eyes and strategic thinking to the Polaris organization. Larry Cox, President of Polaris Transportation explains, “I’ve known Jon for a long time and have come to appreciate and respect his considerable expertise in the areas of finance and strategic thinking. Having him join our company now is perfect timing as we proceed with our plans for continued and controlled growth.”
Please join us in welcoming Jon Saunders to the Polaris team at email@example.com
Polaris Transportation Group is proud to introduce a new online tool for the added convenience of their customers. The new “Quick Track” feature allows Polaris customers to bypass the secure log in feature and simply enter their pro number (also known as a Polaris order number) to retrieve the shipment data they need.
The simplified status information, now available through Polaris Quick Track, is a time saver for customers. From a technical standpoint, if you create a URL link and add the specific pro number at the end this can be forwarded to anyone and the recipient can then go directly to see the status of a specific order. The URL would look like this: www.polaristransport.com/en/quick-track-shipments.php?pro=P0487585.
This new feature is accompanied by other technology advancements including: a new online rating tool with video demo, a severe weather alert system and a responsive web design for viewing ease and functionality on all mobile devices.
Polaris Transportation is committed to the use of technology to enhance the overall customer experience. For additional details contact your Polaris sales representative, a member of the Polaris customer care team or visit their website at www.polaristransport.com.
The management at Polaris Transportation Group is excited to announce the appointment of David Bush as VP of Business Processes. The newly created position will focus on improvements to the U.S. infrastructure for the fast growing, Transborder LTL carrier.
As a Canadian based operation, Polaris saw a need to add a senior person with a strong U.S. carrier background. President Larry Cox explains, “David Bush came to us through our partnership with his former employer. He’s great with detail and has a comprehensive blend of ops, sales, technology and carrier relationship experience. He is the ideal candidate to fine tune and expand the U.S markets we serve.”
David’s past career accomplishments have seen him in senior roles with A. Duie Pyle, Translogistics and most recently with Land Air Express. David’s new position will see him on the road extensively as he assesses and implements the changes he feels will boost Polaris’s position in the U.S. David states, “I’ve been told I’m relentless when I come across something that isn’t working like it should. I have always been able to see the broken links in processes and operational procedures and I don’t give in until they’re fixed and working properly.”
David resides in Birdsboro PA, a small community of 5,166 people and as a point of interest, hometown to YouTube founder Chad Hurley. Dave Cox, EVP & COO at Polaris states, “David Bush and I hit it off immediately. He was great to work with as a carrier partner and he liked our company’s business approach as well. When the opportunity came up to bring him on as a VP with our company, we jumped at it.”
David Bush starts his new career with Polaris Transportation Group on December 8, 2014. At this time, he will be based out of Birdsboro and his immediate plans include a trip to meet the Polaris Team at their head office facility in Mississauga, Ontario, previous to the holiday season.
Founded in 1994, Polaris is best known for its scheduled LTL service between Canada and the USA, specializing in the shipment of dry goods. Making life easier for the shipping community is a core company value. Polaris offers a full suite of services while providing customers with real-time shipment updates and EDI interface. For more information on Polaris visit their website at www.polaristransport.com
The Polaris Solutions Team strives to make life easier for the shipping community. This past month, Polaris launched a new initiative to improve processes and procedures in their customer service department. Across the board, customer service is a huge part of offering seamless, stress free transportation services.
Polaris’ goal was to tap into a shared knowledge, industry wide, regarding best practices when it comes to offering top-tier customer service. The survey consisted of seven questions asking participants to share how they have built a successful customer service department. As an added incentive, participants were entered in a random draw to win an iPad!
The survey was a resounding success. The Solutions Team received 137 entries! The survey results were summarized and distributed to all Polaris employees — the Solutions Team wanted to make sure everyone was on board with the survey’s findings and the customer expectations implied. As part of this renewed commitment to customer service, Polaris Transportation Group will be implementing a Customer Care Department.
Charlene Davidson, Training and Development Manager, states "Our Customer Care department will be developed with proactivity being a key priority. We will set customers up with inside care representatives. Our extensive in-house training for Customer Care involves hands–on training with each department in Polaris — the new Customer Care Department will have a complete understanding of all areas, not just operations."
The Solutions Team is thrilled with the results of the survey and thanks all the participants. The feedback was so fantastic, they decided to offer not one, but two iPads as thank-you gifts.
The winners are...
Random Draw winner: Marjorie Green of Milgram & Company
Best Entry/Honorable Mention: Merle Carlton of Mutual Transportation Services Inc.
Congratulations, Marjorie and Merle! Thank you to everyone who participated!
Polaris Transportation Group is focused on deepening their commitment to streamlining internal communications, creating new, effective customer service solutions and finding ways to continue making life easier for the shipping community.
Over the past year, key management staff have been involved in an exciting new project – the formation and implementation of a Polaris Solutions Team: a group within the company designated to act as client liaisons, empowered to make important decisions when it comes to providing flexible, custom transportation solutions.
"The idea has been in the works for some time," says Dave Cox, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. "As we grow and develop as a company, we’re working to shift our focus and provide comprehensive service solutions for our customers who often have really specialized needs."
The Polaris Solutions Team will be comprised of senior operations people with a valuable blend of technical and industry knowledge and interpersonal skills. The Team will coordinate with various departments – logistics, operations, etc. – to meet clients’ needs and respond to important feedback and questions as quickly and effectively as possible.
"Each and every person on the team is an excellent communicator, skilled and knowledgeable about every facet of our industry," explained Dave Cox. "It’s important to have key people keeping their ears to the ground and staying on top of all our customers’ needs. Total satisfaction throughout our network of customers is the ultimate goal."
After the team is positioned, each and every customer request will go to the Polaris Solutions Team first – booking and tracing freight, providing information regarding rates and problems that require flexible, custom solutions will be fielded and facilitated through the new Solutions Team. "We came to the decision to put a Solutions Team in place based on feedback from our customers and employees," says Dave Cox. "We knew it was time to take the next step."
Polaris Transportation Group is aiming for June 1st 2014 to deploy the Solutions Team.
Polaris Transportation Group was honored with a SmartWay® Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a true industry leader in freight supply chain environmental performance and energy efficiency. Polaris is committed to upholding the highest standards in green operations. They’ve implemented various initiatives to improve the environmental sustainability of their operations, like, an anti-idling policy, side skirt trailer fairings, late model, fuel-efficient tractors, optimized route planning, and driver training relative to fuel saving techniques. Most recently, Polaris has instituted paperless invoicing further their goal of reducing waste and going green, company wide.
"This is the second year in a row we’ve been honoured with a Smartway Award," says Larry Cox, Polaris President. "It’s a huge deal. We’re constantly striving to find new, innovative ways to go green in all our operations. Keeping our planet healthy along with providing excellent service is a top goal throughout our organization."
Polaris was one of 55 companies to receive this distinction, representing the best environmental performers of SmartWay’s 3000-plus Partners. The Excellence Awardees were honored at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals annual conference held in Denver, Colorado.
"EPA is pleased to recognize the 2013 SmartWay Excellence Award recipients. I commend Polaris for its superior environmental performance and leadership in advancing freight sector efficiency", said Gina McCarthy, EPA Administrator. “Their commitment is helping lead the freight industry to a more sustainable future."
Environmental consciousness has never been more important. Polaris places great emphasis on being the best corporate citizens we can! Last year, we won the SmartWay ® award for sustainable trucking. Keeping our planet safe is always top-of-mind.
With this drive toward eco-friendly operations in mind, as of October 1st, all our customer statements and invoices will be paperless! Polaris strives to be a sustainable and environmentally friendly organization. Issuing electronic statements and invoices will help us further the goal of going green and preserving our planet while providing you with top-notch service!
We aim to take the stress out the shipping process and remain eco-friendly from start to finish—thank you for your support on our latest green initiative!
For the second year, Polaris Transportation Group has received the Canadian Transportation & Logistics “Carrier of Choice” award. The title is awarded after a company meets industry-set benchmarks of excellence (Shipper’s Choice Award) for more than five consecutive years.
Canadian Transportation & Logistics magazine polls their readership annually, searching for Canada’s top-tier companies. “The first year we won, the award really knocked us out,” said Polaris President Larry Cox. “The votes come from across the country and the performance measurements by category are very comprehensive.”
According to Cox, it’s all about the team. “This is an award that measures the quality of the company; it’s not something you can nominate yourself for or predict.” He added, “That’s why it feels so fantastic every year we win. We’ve doubled in size since we won our first Shippers Choice award and look forward to continued growth into the future.”
The Carrier of Choice Award isn’t something you can plan for. “It’s not something we can control,” said Cox. “ But, the way we work together and with our customers truly sets us apart. It’s great to be acknowledged with this award from the Canadian shipping community.”
The Carrier of Choice Award is conducted through a partnership between the CITT and the Canadian Industrial Transportation Association (CITA). The process of evaluating major players within the transportation industry is meant as a means for CT&L readership to ascertain who is setting the standard in terms of service area, response time, customer communication and more.
Polaris was one of 40 companies out of the nearly 3000 Smartway partners to receive an excellence award. To date, Smartway partners, including Polaris, have saved 55-million barrels of oil through many initiatives to reduce their carbon footprint.
Over the past three years, Polaris has taken the necessary steps to ensure its modern fleet is in top condition. The company employs fuel-saving technology and best practices, placing them in the top 1% of Smartway partner carriers
The award was presented at the latest ATA (American Trucking Association) gala event in Las Vegas. According to Dave Cox, Executive VP and COO, “We consider our ongoing commitment to the Smartway program an excellent investment in the future of the company and the industry.”