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Personal touches, industry knowledge drive business at Allen Lund

Attention to the smallest detail translates to superior third-party logistics services at Allen Lund Co. “Our reputation is the best in the industry,” Vice President Kenny Lund told The Produce News. “We’re here to get the product moved and moved well.”

The company is headquartered in La Cañada, CA, and provides its customers with one-stop transportation solutions including transportation, logistics and software services. Allen Lund has nationwide offices and employs over 400 people.

Corporate growth has been strategically planned to ensure people-to-people contact never takes a backset when it comes to service. The third generation of family members is now becoming involved in operations at Allen Lund.

AllenLundThe bullpen at Allen Lund Co. is always busy as employees work with customers to provide superior and personalized third-party logistics services. (Photo courtesy of Allen Lund Co.)“The Allen Lund Co. was selected as a 2015 Top 100 Logistics IT Provider by Inbound Logistics, a 2014 Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100, a 2014 Great Supply Chain Partner, and was placed in Transport Topics’ 2014 Top 25 Freight Brokerage Firms,” the company’s website states.

“We have always been in agriculture. Our roots are in produce,” Lund commented. “Our mindset is a produce mindset.” According to Lund, approximately 45 percent of the company’s business involves the transport of fresh produce.

In addition to refrigerated transportation, dry and flatbed freight services are offered. Less than truckload freight and international/freight forwarding services are also available.

Allen Lund uses a vetting process to ensure transportation services can be secured with reputable and reliable providers. “We know the owner-operators on a personal level,” he stated. “It’s a more long-term vision. There are very few large transportation companies. Transportation is really dominated by companies with 20 trucks or less. That’s the reason why a broker like Allen Lund is important. In trucks, it’s dominated by companies with five trucks or less.”

With 23,000 active truck lines in its system, Allen Lund has been able to create efficiencies that work to the benefit of all. “We built all our own IT systems,” Lund said. ALC Logistics, the company’s logistics and software division, provides web-based transportation management software designed and customized to meet client unique transportation management needs.

“It is important to track loads, not drivers,” Lund said of the software focus. “We have worked with companies to develop software needed for specific commodities.” With 50 installs under its belt, Lund said, “The software is very powerful. It’s built for produce, but can handle anything. That’s exciting for us. Customers who have the product love it.”

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