The Home Depot has contracted with Consolidated Freightways (CF) to handle an array of LTL freight services, making CF Home Depot's largest long-haul carrier.

The freight will move under the new contract within the U.S., Canada and Mexico over 31,580 unique traffic lanes between Home Depot vendors and the company's stores.

CF senior vice president of sales and marketing Marty Larson says The Home Depot is a challenging company to serve.

"As Home Depot's receiving crews unload our trucks, merchandise moves directly from the trailer to the store shelf," Larson said. "The logistics require impeccable coordination and timing."

Larson noted that while off-hour deliveries are not unusual in the LTL industry, the massive scale and volume of the freight is atypical, and requires a commitment from each of its 300 terminals.