Shippers Turn to Intermodal Transportation

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Shippers Turn to Intermodal Transportation

Capacity remains the most pressing logistics issue across the supply chain in 2018. This is especially true within the transportation sector, where the driver shortage, ELD mandate, and other factors have severely impacted the trucking industry’s ability to handle increasing freight volumes. Because of this, more shippers are turning to intermodal transportation for capacity.

Intermodal Transportation Outlook

In the current logistics climate, freight is ready for the taking and intermodal is poised to handle capacity that OTR alone cannot.  Because of this, 2017 finished on a very high note for the intermodal industry and 2018 looks even better.

Along with the trucking industry’s current issues, intermodal growth has also been helped by stable oil prices and an improving U.S. economy.

Why Intermodal Transportation

Intermodal shipping allows you to transport your freight in an intermodal container (sometimes called an ISO container) or vehicle using multiple modes of transportation, including railways, barges and trucks.

Here we look at the advantages of intermodal freight transport and what you’ll need to do to make the switch.

  1. Services Are Easier to Attain
    Intermodal opens up other avenues of transportation that are more readily available so trucking services can be kept to a minimum. While trucking is still part of the intermodal system, it’s easier to find a truck driver to do a short day run versus one who will provide long-haul services.
  2. It’s Less Expensive
    Utilizing intermodal transportation is also significantly cheaper than relying exclusively on long-haul trucking. The bulk of the miles for an intermodal shipment will be logged on a train, which is far less expensive than over the road trucking.
  3. It’s Better for the Environment
    Intermodal is also more environmentally friendly than long-haul trucking because large numbers of freight containers are moved together using the most efficient modes of transportation.

While intermodal transit time can take a little longer than long-haul trucking, a third-party logistics provider can help you plan ahead and build the extra time into your schedule. And if you’re accustomed to shipping delays caused by waiting for long-haul trucking services to become available, you may find that intermodal is actually faster than your current shipping solution.

Cannonball Express Transportation

Since 1970, Cannonball Express Shipping Company has been providing top-of-the-line service at a reasonable rate. Based in Omaha, Nebraska, we provide nationwide refrigerated LTL services, as well as, local delivery services.

Nationwide Shipping Company Services:

  • Refrigerated LTL deliveries in the lower 48 states
  • Refrigerated Cross dock

Local Shipping Company Services:

  • Redelivery Services
  • Truckload & LTL Capabilities
  • PUP
  • Cross dock
  • Transload
  • Warehouse and Distribution capabilities from multiple Omaha Locations