Blue Bird Taps Transplace to Stay Ahead of the Supply Chain Curve

Transplace will provide strategic over-the-road capacity, with intermodal and truck brokerage capability, including cross-border customs and logistics services across North America on behalf of Blue Bird.

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Transplace announced Blue Bird awarded it a new transportation management services contract. Transplace will provide strategic over-the-road capacity, with intermodal and truck brokerage capability, including cross-border customs and logistics services across North America on behalf of Blue Bird. With approximately 180,000 buses in operation, Blue Bird is the market leader in alternative fuel applications. Advanced data analytics from Transplace will enhance business intelligence, offering more reliable metrics to eliminate waste and reinforce Blue Bird’s sustainability programs.

“We have a goal of reducing the total cost of ownership for school buses so that money can be put back into classrooms,” said Trey Jenkins, chief operating officer of Blue Bird. “Working with Transplace will modernize our logistics processes for greater speed and efficiencies. We’ll have access to their $11B freight network to create real operational synergies for the most cost-effective supply chain management from the U.S. to Canada. We’re confident our collaborations will result in data-backed decisions that will mitigate risks and take advantage of opportunities.”

As the only manufacturer of chassis and body production specifically designed for school bus applications, Blue Bird is recognized as an industry leader for school bus innovation, safety, product quality, reliability, durability, operating costs, and drivability.

“We have already identified savings in Blue Bird’s supply chain that will self-fund our new customized logistics solutions,” said, Frank McGuigan, Transplace CEO. “It’s always an honor to begin working with an industry leader like Blue Bird. On day one, our customers get access to robust analytics offering a real-time pulse on their business. We are continuously raising the bar on our technology offerings through strategic acquisitions and innovations — including AI, machine learning and software advancements — all with the goal of empowering customers to capture more competitive freight pricing and identify optimal routes for the greatest cost savings.”