ABF Freight System, Inc.
North America’s most trusted shipping company, ABF® operates an extensive network of customer service centers and distribution facilities strategically located throughout North America. ABF’s core business is less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping, consolidating freight from multiple shippers into a single truckload.
ABF is headquartered in Fort Smith, Arkansas, where it has grown from a small local carrier in 1923 into one of the oldest and most experienced motor carriers in North America today.
ABF employs 13,000 people and is the largest subsidiary of Arkansas Best Corporation, listed by Forbes magazine as one of The Platinum 400 Best Big Companies in America (Nasdaq: ABFS).
ABF operates an extensive network of 287 customer service centers and 10 distribution facilities strategically located throughout North America. Through this network, ABF provides comprehensive shipping services to all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Guam, and Puerto Rico.
Globally, ABF serves 250 ports in more than 130 countries. ABF is certified as an Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) carrier by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, as well as a Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) and Free and Secure Trade (FAST) carrier to and from Canada.
ABF prides itself in understanding the challenges facing supply-chain managers today. With analytical skills honed by more than 80 years of transportation excellence, ABF is a supply-chain partner constantly seeking to enhance shipping efficiencies and achieve maximum performance for its customers. When people expect more, they choose ABF, North America’s Most Trusted Carrier.
ABF U-Pack Moving®
Introduced in 1997, U-Pack® is an innovative way of moving residential and business belongings cross country in combination with commercial freight. It’s a self-load moving option offering the economy of rental truck moving and the convenience of full-service moving.
U-Pack is a popular choice for do-it-yourself consumers, as well as corporate, institutional, and military relocation specialists seeking a safe, dependable, and hassle-free moving option. For a typical U-Pack move, ABF delivers an empty 28-foot trailer or mobile container at the customer’s home. The customer has up to four days to load. Then ABF drives and delivers the trailer or container to the destination, where the customer unloads before ABF retrieves it.
U-Pack trailers are 28 feet long, eight feet wide, and nine feet tall. Trailer rates are based on linear feet, so consumers pay only for the space used. U-Pack mobile containers are six feet long, seven feet wide, and eight feet high—big enough for a room’s worth of furnishings, yet small enough to fit neatly into a parking space.
The Web Marketing Association awarded U-Pack a 2005 WebAward, naming upack.com the Best Institutional Services Website. The website provides online tools and information needed to plan a long-distance move. It’s a resource for consumers to obtain quotes and schedule and track their moves. It’s also a source for moving supplies, information, and referrals for labor, auto transport, and moving insurance. An online order form offers consumers a free informational DVD on packing, moving, and the U-Pack moving experience.