Saia: Making a Great Business Out of Small Shipments

Greg Bates, November 8th, 2012

SaiaThe Saia API helps this first class less-than-a-truckload (LTL) carrier deliver by giving developers access to tracking information inside their applications. Rate quotes and pick up scheduling are also accessible.  The API uses SOAP and XML, and is implemented using Microsoft’s .NET Framework.

Programming details are located on different pages according to objective:

Saia serves the Midwest, South, Southwest, Pacific Northwest, and Western U.S. North American partner coverage extends over Alaska, Hawaii, and New England, as well as to Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Within its 34-state region it specializes in two-to-three day delivery times.

In July, Saia, with $900 million in revenue annually, acquired Robart Transportation and subsidiaries, a company with annual revenue of $12 million.

Independent of that acquisition, President Rick O’Dell points out that Saia is expanding, having

already taken delivery of 300 new tractors and have ordered several hundred more. We also have ordered 700 new 28 foot trailers, we have purchased 2,500 new hand trucks and pallet jack stops for our drivers.

The most recent quarterly earnings released November 1 bear this out. According to iStockAnalyst, third quarter revenue was up 3.6%, while operating income for the year to date period more than doubled from the same period last year.

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