In the December Issue
What's New
Tips to Make Your Life Easier
News/Other Services
Industry Information

Happy Holidays!

All of us at Holland wish you a joyful holiday season, filled with the warmth of family and friends and the blessings of good health.

If you're traveling over the holidays, perhaps we will see you on our nation's roadways . . . we're out there a lot!

And for those who shipped with us this year, we thank you. It was our honor and privilege to serve you. We look forward to helping you again next year.

What's New

Guaranteed Window Delivery—new levels of velocity, precision and flexibility

Beginning Jan. 5, 2009, Holland can help you meet all your time-specific delivery needs with four new levels of automated precision. Guaranteed Window Delivery will meet the most stringent time frames:

  • Single-hour
  • Multi-hour
  • Single-day
  • Multi-day

Shipments using our new Guaranteed Window Delivery services arrive on time--not early, not late--and receive priority handling, visibility, proactive notification and delivery confirmation.

Use Guaranteed Window Delivery services to reduce charge backs, improve vendor scorecard performance, and manage inventories and production costs with precision. These services also take the guess work and costs out of installations, distributions and other projects.

The result? You spend time managing your business and customers, not just your shipments.

For more information on Guaranteed Window Delivery, and all the time-definite solutions from Holland, visit or call your Holland service center.

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Tips to Make Your Life Easier

How to contact Holland? Count the ways!

Holland makes it easy for you to get a quote, schedule a shipment or find answers to your shipping questions.

Our online tools on are available 24/7 for quick, convenient quoting, booking, tracking and more.

Your local service center is staffed with trained customer service professionals who live and work in your area and are in touch with local conditions.

Similarly, a call to 1-866-465-5263 puts you in touch with a customer service representative in our Holland general office.

And, as always, your account executive is available to answer questions or design a solution to fit your unique transportation needs.

When you've got questions, Holland has tools and people to get you the answers. It's just that easy.

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News/Other Services

Holland handles local shipments, too

When you work with Holland on both your next-day inter-city and local service area shipments, you reduce traffic at your shipping bays, consolidate pickups and simplify your carrier management.

Our professional drivers will handle your local shipments with the same 99.8% damage-free service you've come to expect. And as for velocity, in some cases, we can even pickup and deliver on the same day.

Call your local service center to learn more about the geographic area covered by our local service . . . it may surprise you how large an area is locally serviced. And remember, with local service pallet spot pricing, the more pallets you ship, the lower the per-pallet rate.

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Unmatched next-day service

Holland has long been recognized for delivering the most next-day service lanes in its region.

In addition to our standard next-day service, Holland also can guarantee delivery by 9 a.m., noon, and 3:30 p.m., ensuring your customers receive their shipments with enough time left during standard business hours to make use of the goods.

What does that mean for you?

Your supply chain remains on schedule with fewer production delays. Your operations stay nimble, allowing you to respond to market dynamics. Your customers enjoy the responsiveness and sense of urgency you bring to their business.

To see where next-day service can bring velocity and precision to your business, visit

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Industry Information

Credit card use declines among U.S. shoppers

Wal-Mart stores are seeing consumers use their credit cards less frequently. "Customers have maxed out on their credit limits," according to Eduardo Castro-Wright, head of Wal-Mart stores in the U.S. This experience is consistent with a Reuters' survey on U.S. holiday shopping intentions that revealed 60 percent of shoppers plan to use credit cards less often this year for purchasing holiday gifts.

Revenue for U.S. Highway Trust Fund declines

Americans cut their driving by 90 billion miles during the last 11 months, resulting in lower revenue for the Highway Trust Fund. The fund is the nation's primary source for financing new bridges, interstate repairs and expanded transit projects. Already the recipient of $8 billion in emergency financing, the fund received $3 billion less this fiscal year and is expected to run out of money in 2009.

Hazmat re-routing regulations on the fast track

Before leaving office, Bush administration officials are trying to finalize the federal rule that governs re-routing around major cities shipments of hazardous materials transported via rail. The Office of Management and Budget, determines routes for hazardous materials based on security, safety, and other factors.

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