Barrett Distribution Reviews Top 4 Niche Carriers in the Northeast

Competition is fierce in the Northeast for carriers. Barrett Distribution reviews four who excel at meeting tight deadlines and define the industry through their professionalism.     

Barrett Distribution Centers handles order fulfillment and delivery for consumer electronics, footwear, apparel, and other consumer packaged goods companies throughout the US northeast, including delivery to retail channels and direct to consumer doors.

To achieve the consistently reliable service our customers expect, we partner with local and regional players who know the market and are up to the task.  Whether you’re shipping your display to a tradeshow, goods to a port or distributing direct to retail and consumer, it’s important to work with proven partners that reliably deliver. 

Below, we’ve reviewed four providers we work with regularly for trucking services. Each offers something unique and each has proven reliable and consistent.  We hope you find the information helpful! 

Cape Cod Express—Adaptable Regional Carrier 

Cape Cod Express, which was founded in 1981, provides dependable trucking and warehousing services in the New England region. Their primary coverage area for shipping includes Cape Cod, the Islands off the coast of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The company serves over 3,000 customers, handling more than 800 different shipments and deliveries each day.

Transportation services include Less Than Load (LTL) pickup and delivery, residential, lift gate, pallet jack, and inside delivery services and full truckload and container shipping. Cape Cod Express also offers loading and unloading options and short or long term use of a driver or, if needed, a driver and vehicle. 

The regional carrier’s facilities include a new 64-door freight terminal in Wareham, Massachusetts. They also have freight terminals on Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, which afford them flexibility in a changing economic climate. 

The company also offers assembly and in-store installation services and can handle a range of packing, unpacking and disposal services. Moffett forklift delivery is available within their service area.

Cape Cod Express is dedicated to working with its customers to meet their company’s specific needs. With more than 30 years in the shipping business, this regional carrier has a dedicated fleet and a trained, professional staff.


CGL—Personalized Shipping Service

CGL, which stands for Concert Group Logistics, has over a dozen locations across the U.S. staffed with transportation, logistics and shipping specialists. The office for the Northeast region is located just west of Boston, MA in Waltham. 

CGL is comprised of independent local owners who are dedicated to making sure they deliver your shipments on time. Specializing in custom global transportation logistics solutions, they provide domestic and international shipping, including export and import services. For companies that need special care, CGL has the ability to personally manage and bundle all of your company’s shipping needs.

They also specialize in asset recovery, which ensures that your company’s valuable property is carefully shipped to the right location and properly stored. Their ShowTime Express is designed to deliver expensive and extensive tradeshow exhibits on time. CGL utilizes its extensive tradeshow contacts at convention centers to make sure your exhibit is handled professionally and responsibly. 

CGL, which is a non-asset based company, has the ability to adapt to any size job. They are logistics experts able to handle a huge range of challenges. Personal customer service is their hallmark. 

R+L Carriers—Experienced Shipping Specialists

R+L Carriers, with more than 40 years shipping experience, started with one truck. It is now a national carrier with a fleet of more than 13,000 tractors and trailers. Able to handle just about any type of domestic and various types of international jobs, the family-owned business utilizes its efforts towards providing topnotch customer service and anticipating each client’s needs. 

Along with offering services throughout all 50 states in the U.S., R+L transportation and shipping concerns cover Canada, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic. They also provide global air, rail and ocean service and international logistics. If you’ve got a LTL job, truckload shipments or discounted trucking, they can handle that too. Expedited delivery is also provided. 

R+L is a large company with a focus on individualized service. In the highly competitive shipping and transportation industry, they continue to adapt and grow. As experts in nationwide service, they are always on the move.

NEMF—Trucking Across North America

NEMF (New England Motor Freight) is a premium trucking service located in Elizabeth,  N.J. Their services include same day delivery, LTL transportation and container freight station and drayage. This carrier prides itself on its ability to provide personalized top quality service through their extensive, company-owned terminal network and their large, diverse fleet of trucks. 

The company is one of the most financially stable carriers in the Northeast. and despite the fact that they are a state-of-the-art company, NEMF is constantly working towards improving in all areas—including its fleet, communications network, carrier process and storage facilities. 

Despite their size, this is a family-owned business that is focused on creating long-lasting relationships with clients. Their emphasis on customer service includes a devotion to working with each client individually, a commitment to improving and upgrading service and flexibility and creativity in providing solutions to complex shipping challenges. 

NEMF’s experience includes carrier and shipping services in domestic and foreign markets. The company has specialist on staff who are dedicated to specific service categories, including LTL/TL, Expedited Service, Just-In-Time (JIT), Sorting and Segregating, Labeling, Garment-on-Hanger (GOH), Import/Export services and Consolidation/Distribution. 

This company really defines itself when it says of its express delivery service, “If not on time, it’s free!” NEMF sets a high standard for itself and is constantly raising the bar.

Getting It Done On Time

At Barrett Distribution, we understand the demanding requirements of retail channels and consumer direct delivery.  All four of the carriers we’ve reviewed offer excellent service, with each company bringing unique focus, options and featured services that ultimately benefit our mutual customers.  Our goal is to strengthen our customers’ brands in their markets.  We hope you find this information helpful to your business, as better understanding of each player helps the whole collaboration!  Please feel free to send feedback to  

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