Understanding Old Dominion Freight Line’s Domestic Services

Old Dominion Freight Line has 224 shipping service centers and 32 transfer points. ODFL serves nine major regions and thousands of direct points in the US.

Samuel Prince - Author

Jun. 22 2016, Updated 10:05 a.m. ET

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Old Dominion’s domestic services

Old Dominion Freight Line (ODFL) has 224 shipping service centers and 32 transfer points. Through these, ODFL serves nine major regions and thousands of direct shipping points in the lower 48 United States. The company provides direct service to the US’s Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Central States, Gulf States, and Western regions.

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Six service regions

The company’s super-regional service facilitates domestic freight and cargo shipping clients to ship interregional as well as intraregional destinations. In the US West, ODFL offers to ship to and from Washington State, Oregon, California, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, and Arizona. In the Northeast, Old Dominion provides LTL shipping to and from Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Among the Central States, the company offers LTL shipping to and from Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. In the Gulf States region, ODFL renders LTL shipping to and from Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. In the Southeast, it provides LTL shipping to and from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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Truckload and special services

Old Dominion offers transportation solutions for oversized commodities, full truckload services between the US, Canada, and Mexico, flatbed service, and dedicated service. The company’s line-haul services for assembly and distribution programs also allow clients to streamline their transportation program more effectively.

ODFL provides a variety of value-added services to its domestic and global freight shipping service. These include an online website for a handy shipment visibility across its distribution channels.

Warehousing and distribution solutions

These services include pick and pack, replenishment, ticketing, labeling, and many other merchandise services. Old Dominion offers strategically placed warehouse facilities in two of the US’s major gateways. These facilities allow ODFL to speed cycle times, reduce operating costs and improve inventory levels. The company’s target industries include retail (WBA), food and beverage (KO), paper (IP), consumer products (UN), and electronics (AAPL).

The company’s warehousing solutions are designed to assist companies without in-house logistics services. These solutions allow customers to focus on their core business by letting their freight and cargo handled by the shipper.

Transportation and logistics companies make up part of the industrial sector. Railroads and airlines make up ~5.2% and ~4.8%, respectively, of the portfolio holdings of the iShares US Industrials ETF (IYJ).

In the next part, we’ll focus on ODFL’s expedited services.


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