Truckload / Dedicated / Intermodal / Brokerage / LTL Consolidation / Supply Chain Solutions

Freeman Investment Services Inc Information Systems is an industry leading provider of global freight audit & payment and true business discovery applications to the global logistics and transportation industries. Freeman Investment Services Inc has evolved over the years to become one of the leading providers of customized supply chain solutions serving the logistics and transportation sectors since 1998.


Freight Transportation Consulting

Freeman Investment Services, Inc. was formed in September, 1998 to gather into one organization five complementary companies and to capitalize on their individual strengths and their collective synergy. Freeman Investment Services, Inc. provides its five companies with common strategic direction and management support so that separately or together they provide the ultimate in services.

Freeman Investment Services, Inc. delivers a complete, integrated, proven approach to meeting the challenges of the increasingly complex and ever-evolving transportation system. It has the breadth of capability unprecedented and unattained by its competitors. The five Freeman Investment Services, Inc. companies provide the following:

The depth of third-party transportation and logistics management knowledge found in Renegade Freight Brokerage & Transportation (RFB). RFB is the leading provider of third-party logistics management solutions to the metals industry. RFB allows its customers to concentrate on their core competencies by providing timely, safe, consistent, and cost effective transportation of their products. It serves many of the country's leading steel manufacturers and processors.

RFB provides borderless logistics through its network of ocean-going, rail, and truck shippers and its intimate knowledge of international shipping and customs regulations. RFB's value lies in its unique ability to bridge gaps of distance and culture, protecting its customers from the risks and uncertainties inherent in contracting with multiple international carriers.

The power of the precisely targeted internet transportation marketplace that is brings carriers and shippers together in the world of eCommerce at its logistics website. provides carriers with the information they need to optimize the productivity of their people and equipment and gives shippers immediate electronic access to more than 1,600 carriers. The site is also the primary tool that Freeman Investment Services, Inc. uses to execute contract, dedicated, and spot market shipping for customers.

Freeman Investment Services, Inc. is a holding company that provides logistics solutions through its subsidiaries. It offers transportation management and consulting services; ecommerce logistics products and services; and global logistics and international trade consulting services. The company serves a range of clients in various industries, including metals, lumber, and building materials. Freeman Investment Services, Inc. was founded in 1998 and is based in Topeka, Kansas.

Freeman Investment Services, Inc. is the holding company for,,, and


Transportation & Logistics


The US transportation and logistics industry contributes more than $1.25 trillion to the national economy, providing companies the means to serve the world’s largest consumer market. The economic climate has placed cost pressures on providers and customers alike, and ever-greater efficiencies are asked of an often aging infrastructure network.


Freeman Investment Services supply chain management professionals have deep experience with both providers of transportation and logistics services and purchasers of them—across all modes and in all industry subsectors. The ability to call on experience with both the carrier and the shipper realms gives companies a unique advantage in the shaping and propelling of their performance by:

Heavy Equipment

Every day, industrial machinery and capital goods executives face mounting challenges in markets around the world—challenges posed by continuing globalization, fast-evolving regulatory and emissions requirements, lower-cost competitors with strong relationships in the emerging economies that are so critical for profitable growth, and unprecedented demand volatility. In parallel, future product and technology innovations, such as hybridization and electrification, pose potentially disruptive opportunities and challenges for both incumbents and new players. 

To drive continued profitable growth, industrial machinery and capital goods companies should take action now. Companies must balance the need to reduce product costs through global platforms with the need to develop unique product designs that can penetrate local markets and meet varying quality expectations and standards. Management must look to emerging markets for attractive customer/product segments, adjacencies, and expansions; identify new sources of cost advantage and innovation; and find new ways of extracting both more value and more flexibility from operations. And all of it must be done without disrupting service and delivery to customers, which requires having in place a comprehensive strategy that takes approaches adaptable for making impact in all geographies served.

The Freeman Investment Services heavy-equipment team has deep experience in this sector and can point to many successful engagements where the results delivered have made the difference. The team is well positioned to help heavy-equipment manufacturers and suppliers improve their performance by improving their return on invested capital. Selected areas where can help:


Case Summaries

Heavy/Off-Highway Equipment Manufacturer

Challenge: Global manufacturer of heavy and off-highway equipment faced multiple challenges to profitable growth. Cyclicality in the business was not well managed, and regions, brands, and product lines were operating autonomously, thereby creating wildly variable performance and profitability. Additionally, regional performance was out of balance, with one region generating all the profits globally and other regions either performing only marginally or losing money consistently. Internal margin improvement programs had not generated meaningful results.

Solution: Freeman Investment Services team was organized to identify and execute step function margin improvement projects with clear goals around impact, speed, self-funding of project, accountability, and sustainability. Key actions taken:

Results: Overall program delivered $235 million of annualized benefits to earnings before interest and taxes. Selected details included:

Agriculture and Construction Equipment Manufacturer

Challenge: A leading global agriculture and construction equipment manufacturer had grown through a series of acquisitions through the years. Management identified the need to improve the direct material costs of products to increase overall performance.

Solution: Key program elements included:

Results: Forecast to generate more than $24 million in bottom-line savings

Heavy Equipment Global Purchasing Assessment

Challenge: Purchasing organization of a large, multi-industry heavy-equipment manufacturer was underperforming in multiple dimensions and was not aligned with business unit objectives. Vital areas that needed correction included strategic sourcing, supplier management, and commodity management. 

Solution: Conducted an outside-in, bottom-up assessment of the current purchasing organization’s structure, sizing, and internal and cross-functional processes. A number of key levers were identified as being necessary for the business unit to evolve into a best-in-class organization:

Results: Our assessment identified the major principles and specific tactical changes required to develop a best-in-class purchasing organization. Freeman Investment Services was engaged to develop and execute an implementation plan focusing on the following main areas:


Until recently, grocery retailers relied on shoppers’ making lists from print ads and traveling weekly to their local stores. Today’s grocery industry is transforming, as consumers rapidly change how and where they shop for groceries. Their choices range from mass retailers, dollar stores, drugstores, and convenience stores to online merchants, with the push for making more perishables available for home delivery. Consumer loyalty is no longer prominent, because consumers now typically shop across three to five channels for their selections of grocery products. 

Successful retailers will require increased nimbleness with a relentless focus on what consumers want, compounded by the maturation of millennials and the aging baby boomers. According to a study from Freeman Investment Services, by 2020, millennials are expected to account for nearly 20% of the population, up from 5% in 2010. 

Our team has deep experience and many successes in this sector and is well positioned to help grocery retailers big and small to improve their performance by driving improved earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization through:

Case Summaries

Regional Food Retailer

Challenge: Enable regional food retailer to compete more effectively with larger, national chains by increasing its sales as well as its earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) and by simplifying its organizational structure

Solution: Developed and coordinated a comprehensive profit improvement program focusing on five work streams: 

Results: Achieved a self-sustaining program model, with one-year savings that resulted from actions taken within the first six weeks and that paid for the entire cost of the program

National Grocery Chain

Challenge: Large national grocery chain facing increased competition from regional grocers and needing to aggressively rationalize cost structure and transform store operations

Solution: Developed program to improve front-end processes and productivity while decreasing complexity

Results: Completed a full overhaul of front-end store operations, resulting in better and streamlined customer service while achieving $24 million of run-rate labor reductions in 15 months



The chemical industry provides an essential link between markets for raw materials and energy and industries such as automotive, aerospace and defense, construction, electromechanical and electronics products, consumer goods, feed and food, and home appliances. Such downstream innovation together with new and unconventional oil and gas resources upstream makes the chemical industry a hot spot in the design of future industry structures. As the industry undergoes massive structural changes, companies must adapt to the new opportunities to grow and thrive.

At Freeman Investment Services, we are positioned to assist companies across in mastering structural challenges, such as capturing the raw-material and energy opportunities or promoting sustainable, profitable growth at the customer end. Our portfolio of competences and experience in enterprise improvement includes assertive cost management and top-line growth strategies that target current industry issues.

Find out more about how we lead companies to:


Consumer Products

Today’s consumer products companies face an unprecedented set of challenges: volatile commodity prices, increasing global competition, slowing-emerging markets growth, stagnant developed-markets growth, cost-conscious and increasingly fragmented consumer segments, and demand for higher-quality products. Navigating those dangerous waters can be extraordinarily difficult for even the most talented management teams.

Freeman Investment Services’ consumer products team brings the right blend of operating and high-impact advisory experience to help the firm’s clients cut through the most-difficult problems and realize game-changing financial outcomes. We apply unparalleled consumer products line operating experience, industry-leading tools, and a no-nonsense mentality that emphasizes results, not reports.

We work with clients in five distinct consumer products segments—food and beverage, health and beauty, consumer durables, household products, and apparel and accessories—helping those clients achieve meaningful, measurable improvements through profit-and-loss management. This includes:


Our rapid diagnostics tool kit enables us to quickly and efficiently identify tangible-value opportunities in a matter of days. Once we’ve aligned around implementation, we draw on a number of industry-leading tools, including our footprint and logistics optimization models, our consumer products packaging-cost models, our revenue war room, and our promotions effectiveness return-on-investment model.



Charles L. Freeman III

President and CEO

Freeman Investment Services Inc

220 North West Lyman Road # 8659
Topeka, Kansas 66608

(785) 215-7064