What many may not realize is that Emery Express was also a CF company. You see, John C. Emery, Sr., founded Emery Air Freight in 1946 when his company became the first air carrier to apply to the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) for a joint carriage license. While Emery envisioned his company partnering with scheduled airlines, the airlines viewed freight forwarders as competitors and fought his license application until 1948 when the CAB licensed Emery as a joint airfreight company. His plan worked. During this time, the company operated from a New York office with a fleet of two Ford station wagons. Since those beginnings half a century ago, Emery has grown into a global air, maritime, customs and logistics services company valued at $ 2.9 billion.
By 1956, Emery Air Freight had expanded overseas with its first international office in London and opened the transatlantic service. The company moved up to the state of the art in 1969 with a computerized tracking and tracing system called EMCON, short for Emery Control. John Emery died that same year and his son John Emery Jr. took over the reins of the company. The fuel crisis of the early 1970s prompted the company to lease its own aircraft in 1976 and start the “Emery Air Force”. Emery now offered control of shipments from collection to delivery, with Emery trucks and aircraft monitoring every step of the aircraft’s transportation process. To expand into the small packaging and letter market, the company acquired Purolator Courier in 1987. The acquisition proved disastrous and Emery struggled until Consolidated Freightways, Inc. bought the company and merged it with CF Airfreight, the existing CFI Inc. company. At this point, CF became the parent company of Emery. For the next two years, from 1989 to 1991, the new Emery, now known as Emery Forwarding, struggled financially, as did the original company in the last few years of its existence. In response, CFI Inc. implemented management restructuring and marketing plans that led Emery to its position as a market share leader in the heavyweight business-to-business air cargo industry. In early 1992, the new marketing and operations plan had started to turn the company around. Customer confidence increased, as evidenced by the award of several key primary carrier contracts from companies such as General Motors. In September of that year, Emery reported its first monthly profit since being acquired by CFI Inc. Emery completed its financial turnaround in 1993 and made its first one-year profit for Emery under one direction since 1986. In the same year, the company won a 10-year: US $ 1 billion US Postal Service (USPS) operating contract for the operation of its Express Mail air transportation system. You lost this contract for default and then Fed Ex added that volume. When Emery was back on a solid financial footing, however, he tried to position himself as a transport and logistics service provider from a single source. So it was happy to have the support of CF.
The company established its logistics subsidiary in 1992 and strengthened its marine services and customs brokerage divisions, owned by Emery since 1976. The company also provided more than $ 75 million in information technology upgrades to meet customer needs beyond 2000. Emery’s Parent Company Consolidated Freightways, Inc. reorganized in late 1996 with the spin-off of its national long-haul engine carrier unit. The parent company was renamed CNF Inc. and consisted of Emery, Con-Way Transportation Services and Menlo Logistics. Con Way was the non-union part of CF.
In December 2001 Emery was combined with the former Menlo Logistics and Vector SCM. As part of the Menlo Worldwide group of integrated service providers, Emery Forwarding looks forward to working with our customers in new directions to develop an even wider range of supply chain solutions than ever before. Menlo Worldwide is the recognized industry leader in global 3PL solutions and has launched the first successful 4PL program. I know this sounds very official, but I know this is the Bell Labs think tank project and was partially improvised from the theory of web-centric warfare, with a bit of Fred Smith’s thoughts of the hub system, all sorts of known means of transport implement the packages and shipments. Emery Forwarding, part of the Menlo Worldwide Group’s integrated business solution provider, provides international air and ocean freight, North American overnight, expedited, two-day and deferred air freight, customs clearance and project management services. Headquartered in Redwood City, California, Menlo Worldwide is a $ 2.9 billion company with 12,000 employees and global supply chain services in more than 200 countries. Menlo Worldwide was founded in December 2001.
Few see the connection between Emery and Consolidated Freight, but those who do recognize that more was lost when CF filed for bankruptcy as there have been synergies across the logistics chain for nearly seven and a half decades.