The First Traffic Manager

The First Traffic Manager

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Information has come to The Traffic World that P.N. Fox left the position of general agent of the Monon Route in 1883 to handle the traffic of the N.K. Fairbank Co. C.A. Jennings, who is now manager transportation department of the American Cotton Oil Co., went with Mr. Fox during the same year as his assistant, and in 1886 Mr. Jennings became traffic manager for the N.K. Fairbank Co. at its St. Louis plant.

It is Mr. Jennings'' recollection that the David Bradley Manufacturing Co., prior to the time when Mr. Fox took up this line of work, had an officer who devoted his attention entirely to the matter of transportation and the securing of freight of the kind which could be secured in those days mainly in the way of cutting rates and determining upon the form of rebate.

It is not known that either Mr. Fox or the representative of the Bradley Manufacturing CO. assumed or had applied to them the title of traffic manager, but they were certainly early employees in this field. It is believed that Mr. Fox first got the idea of going into this line of work from negotiating with the Bradley company''s freight specialists while Mr. Fox was still representative of the Monon. - Jan. 4, 1913