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Regional parcel carrier Eastern Connection to fold after 36 years

Company stopped accepting shipments April 11, will begin wind-down of operations (Photo:Shutterstock)

Regional parcel carrier Eastern Connection is going out of business after 36 years.

In a brief and undated note on its website, Eastern Connection said that, effective April 11, it would no longer accept parcels from most of its customers. The company said it would wind down its operations after it completed deliveries of parcels that were already in its pipeline. It gave no estimate as to when it would close. Nor was there any explanation of the circumstances leading to its demise.

Eastern Connection, which focused on the Northeast U.S. business-to-business parcel market, was acquired in September 2015 by Dicom, a Montreal-based parcel and less-than-truckload (LTL) provider. Eastern Connection was co-founded in 1983 by James Berluti and Ted Kauffman, both of whom ran the company until it was sold. Prior to the Dicom deal, Eastern Connection was based in Woburn, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston.

Dicom had no announcement on its web site disclosing Eastern Connections’s impending closure

Eastern Connection operated out of a network of 19 terminals and cross-dock locations from Maine to Ohio, and south to Virginia. It was the only regional carrier guaranteeing overnight ground delivery within this 500-mile area.

Early in the decade, there had been rumors that Eastern Connection would become part of a national parcel network cobbled together from several providers in different regions. Nothing ever came to fruition, however.

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Mark Solomon

Formerly the Executive Editor at DC Velocity, Mark Solomon joined FreightWaves as Managing Editor of Freight Markets. Solomon began his journalistic career in 1982 at Traffic World magazine, ran his own public relations firm (Media Based Solutions) from 1994 to 2008, and has been at DC Velocity since then. Over the course of his career, Solomon has covered nearly the whole gamut of the transportation and logistics industry, including trucking, railroads, maritime, 3PLs, and regulatory issues. Solomon witnessed and narrated the rise of Amazon and XPO Logistics and the shift of the U.S. Postal Service from a mail-focused service to parcel, as well as the exponential, e-commerce-driven growth of warehouse square footage and omnichannel fulfillment.

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