Indianapolis Importers / Exporters Have Logistics Options for Improved Price & Service Blog Feature
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By: Rick LaGore on May 17th, 2017

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Indianapolis Importers / Exporters Have Logistics Options for Improved Price & Service

Intermodal | Indianapolis | import | export | Freight Capacity Challenges

indianapolis indiana import and export optionsStudy after study has found that companies that execute a one DC distribution model are best suited to position their warehouse in Indianapolis, Indiana for the following reasons:

  • Indy can deliver to the highest percent of US population with two-day ground service.
  • High quality, affordable workforce from a full-time and part-time perspective.
  • Numerous industrial real estate options at favorable pricing.  
  • Fantastic highway access.
  • Pro-business policies.

The fact Indianapolis continues to experience growth on its 260 million DC square feet base, with a 95% occupancy rate, gives evidence many companies have come to the same conclusion.  

supply-chain-solutionsInTek Freight & Logistics finds itself in many conversations with importers / exporters because its headquartered in Indianapolis.  What we hear from shippers is, while Indianapolis has a great deal of positives, there can be challenges when it comes to importing and exporting.  The top three challenges are:

  • Indianapolis is land locked, with the majority of routings having to pass over the Chicago ramp.
    • Chicago congestion and dray capacity can be very limiting at various times of the year.
  • Not all forwarders provide a consistent, high quality service, as they play different routings for their profit versus service quality for their customer.
  • There can be a lack of creative options.

While these issues effect shippers in different ways, below is a list of options available that help solve the issues:

  • Utilize the CN-Indiana Railroad (INRD)routing from Asia-Prince Rupert-Indianapolis
    • This solution has several benefits for shippers:
      • The routing by-passes the Chicago ramp and goes directly into the Indianapolis INRD intermodal ramp.
      • Shortens the overall transit from Asia into Indianapolis and vice-a-versa. 

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  • Choose a service provider, like InTek, that guarantees their routings throughout the year.
  • A creative option InTek offers in the Indianapolis and other markets is utilizing 53' domestic containers destined for the Class I railroads.  The capacity provides a high value service for the "right" shippers, as most of these containers come into the US market empty and have a priority unloading on container ships.

If interested in learning more about InTek and how it can help with your company's logistics challenges, please visit our website.  InTek also is very active in publishing weekly blogs and posting on LinkedIn and welcome all followers.

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About Rick LaGore

Rick is the co-founder and CEO of InTek Freight & Logistics, a company focused on being the place where companies come when faced with a logistics problem.

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