From humble beginnings with one truck in 1995, CDS Transportation Services has evolved into a leader within the transportation industry, offering a full array of transportation solutions for various industries. With a diverse client base, we handle a wide variety of products including both shelf stable and perishable food and beverages, clothing, electronics and other consumer goods. Possessing a company-owned, dedicated fleet of late-model trucks and trailers, we strive to provide you with on-time deliveries and a level of customer service not found at other freight companies. Along with our brokerage and logistics team, our Transport Division uses a wide network of trusted service partners to provide multi-mode transportation solutions and deliver your freight worldwide.
Ambient, Refrigerated & Frozen Transport
Our focus on refrigerated transport services within the food and beverage industry ensures compliance with the highest level of food safety standards. Whether your shipments need to be kept refrigerated, frozen, or just at ambient temperature, we carefully handle all freight to prevent contamination and exposure to improper temperatures, guaranteeing safety and customer satisfaction. This attention to detail and our focus on cold chain management has resulted in CDS Transportation Services maintaining a 99% on time and claim-free delivery percentage year after year. We are proud to be among the highest in the industry, cementing our position as a leader amongst refrigerated transportation carriers.
LTL (Less than truckload)
Offering LTL freight services enables you to ship the exact quantities you want, at an appropriate cost. LTL shipments are loaded onto trucks and trailers with other orders and delivered on regular delivery routes by our drivers. LTL shipping is the perfect solution for small to medium-sized businesses, or for larger businesses whose clients require smaller amounts of product on each delivery. Whether you’re shipping refrigerated LTL, frozen LTL, or ambient freight, CDS Transportation Services has the best solution for the unique needs of your business.
FTL (Full truckload)
Not only do we offer LTL services, we also offer full truckload freight services. With no stops in between pickup and delivery, FTL shipping leads to greater on-time performance, lower costs per shipping unit, and a lessened likelihood of loss or damage associated with unloading and reloading at freight terminals between pickup and delivery. In choosing to ship in an FTL environment, you are able to ship as much product as you can fit into our 53’ tri axle trailers.
Dedicated Freight Programs
Our team understands not all clients have the same needs. Based on this, we create dedicated freight programs for individual clients depending on variables such as transit time, budget, and specific consignee requirements. Your shipment is not just one of many, it’s given the dedicated care and attention required to guarantee overall performance and customer satisfaction.
We provide intermodal and rail shipping solutions in both an LTL and FTL environment across Canada and the United States. Using intermodal service increases transit times while drastically decreasing costs compared to shipping by road. These services are ideal if you have longer lead times, and your shipments are not time sensitive, or if you are simply looking for the most affordable means to transport your products. In addition, CDS Transportation provides the same temperature-controlled transportation in an intermodal environment as we do when shipping by road.
Ocean Freight (LCL & FCL)
Beyond our land-based transportation services within Canada, the United States and Mexico, we offer full ocean freight services, including both LCL (less than container load) and FCL (full container load) shipping. No matter where in the world a shipment needs to go, our global network of ocean forwarders allows us to facilitate ocean container shipping for you, regardless of the size of the shipment or commodity. Our ocean freight programs allow for shipments to be held at destination terminals or moved onto land-based modes of transportation for delivery directly to the receiver’s door. As always, our focus on temperature-controlled transportation ensures that your ocean shipments will remain ambient, fresh, or frozen as required.
For shipments that require immediate delivery, overnight, anywhere in the world, CDS Transportation Services offers a full suite of air freight services. We work with forwarders and airlines, so your shipments move across the globe on a day’s notice. Whether it’s an urgent sample shipment, or a last-minute order from an important customer, our air freight services provide you with the most immediate delivery solution possible.
Full Transportation Management
Incorporating all available modes of transportation together and applying these services to your Supply Chain is part of what sets CDS Transportation Services apart from other freight carriers. Offering LTL, FTL, intermodal, ocean, and air freight services under one roof prevents you from having to contact multiple service providers to manage your Supply Chain. Allowing us to serve your transportation needs creates efficiencies and savings in administration and invoicing. This ensures freight cost management and guarantees the personnel handling your shipments understands the big picture and overall objectives of your business.
Customized Consolidation Program
CDS Transportation Services offers you a consolidation program which pools freight for delivery to common consignees. We regularly deliver to common consignees such as Costco, Loblaws, Overwaitea, Sobeys and Walmart. This consolidation program allows us to distribute expenses associated with these consignees, lowering the overall cost to you, while reducing the carbon footprint along the way. Our consolidation program provides efficiencies downstream from shipping companies to receivers, as our single delivery will remove the need to schedule separate appointments for each vendor.
Temperature-Controlled Cross Docking
CDS Transportation Services are based out of a 400,000 square foot terminal in Richmond, British Columbia, equipped with temperature-controlled cross docking warehouses. Our operation ensures that we maintain product integrity from pickup to final delivery, by providing refrigerated warehouse facilities for both fresh and frozen commodities and dry storage. Our cross docking warehouses allow you to have CDS Transportation Services handle your entire shipment from pickup to delivery, or a portion of it. Whether you need to drop off your shipment for our team to make the final delivery, or whether your client will pick up the shipment, we can provide you with the exact transportation services you need.
GPS & Temperature Monitored Equipment
To guarantee the quality and safe handling of your shipments, all CDS Transportation Services’ trucks and trailers are equipped with remotely monitored GPS units and temperature control technology. These features allow us to monitor our assets, ensuring the product on board remains at the required temperature, so we can address any delays or issues immediately. We can set, adjust and monitor the temperature of our trailers remotely, regardless of the location of the trailer – an invaluable tool when handling refrigerated freight. The GPS tracking units on board every truck in our fleet always ensures accurate reporting of the speed and location.
DSD (Direct to Store Delivery)
DSD (direct to store delivery) allows you to bypass distribution centres and deliver directly to retail stores. This not only saves time, but it also allows you to sell your products to smaller customers who are not part of, or serviced by, a larger distribution or consolidation program. The late model fleet operated by CDS Transportation Services includes straight trucks and smaller delivery vehicles. This diversity allows us to deliver directly to any store regardless of their size, even if they do not have a loading dock.
Iron Apple International Certified Food Safety Prevention Controls Plan
Supplementing our process driven approach to the safe handling of food products is our Iron Apple Certification. All members of our team have undergone extensive training and have achieved full certification in this industry specific program focused on the safe handling and transportation of food and beverage products.
New technologies have allowed the transportation industry to evolve significantly. CDS Transportation Services uses new technologies to improve performance by finding synergies within your Supply Chain, increasing your overall efficiency and lowering your costs. Our robust transportation management system and customer portal provide self-serve access to a variety of applications including shipment tracking, rate quotations, and document retrieval. You can access customizable reporting and advanced metrics, which allows you to monitor key performance indicators and implement process improvement measures. In addition to the latest in software-based technology, we outfit our trucks and trailers with IBRITE GPS hardware that enables real time tracking of location, speed, temperature and fuel levels. This real time reporting allows our operations team to proactively monitor shipments around the clock, provide you with live updates and prevent incidents before they occur – a valuable asset for any refrigerated transport company.