Estes Launches Final-Mile Service

Estes Express Lines has launched E-Street Direct, a nationwide origin-to-final-mile logistics solution.

This turnkey solution tailors a logistics program to fit a vendor’s specific shipping requirements while providing the flexible delivery schedule consumers demand. Final-mile delivery options include: 4-hour delivery windows (a.m. and p.m.) with advance calling, as well as upgrades such as expedited service, room of choice, debris removal, recycling and disposal.

Estes’ streamlined asset-based model is designed to shorten the lifecycle of a shipment through less handling and improved on-time delivery. The typical business-to-consumer (B2C) order lifecycle involves up to seven steps in the shipping process with a diminishing level of control over the merchandise. In contrast, the shipment lifecycle through E-Street Direct is just four steps with continuous control and visibility throughout.

Six dedicated E-Street Direct logistics centers serve as anchors for the nationwide delivery system. By utilizing the extensive capacity of these logistics centers to cross-dock, warehouse, consolidate and deconsolidate, E-Street Direct can get shipments virtually anywhere in the mainland U.S. Using E-Street Direct-managed drivers and assets, this “inner” network keeps E-Street Direct shipments separate from Estes’ general freight. The net result is fewer stop-offs, reduced handling and increased capacity for one- and two-day service. The general Estes network—that serves 100% of all U.S. zip codes—serves as a backup to ensure that E-Street shipments are delivered on time.

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