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InTek Freight and Logistics is where companies come when faced with a freight and logistics problem within their supply chain.

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Refrigerated Intermodal for Temp Control Shippers

By: Rick LaGore
March 28th, 2019

Temperature controlled freight comes with its challenges, with one being value priced capacity.

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Intermodal | truckload | ltl | How To's | expedited

10 Tips How to Select Best Freight Broker for Your Company

By: Rick LaGore
February 23rd, 2017

 

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The Ins & Outs of Intermodal Transportation.

The Ins & Outs of Intermodal Transportation.

Everything you need to know about domestic intermodal and how to be successful implementing it into your logistics strategy. Gives tips, tricks and insights on intermodal and what to watch out for when converting from truckload to intermodal.

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How To's | Cost Saving Ideas

Trans-Pacific Import Freight Cost Savings with 53' Containers

By: Rick LaGore
January 27th, 2017

A rising tide in Trans-Pacific ocean freight rates is the expectation analysts see over the long-term.  

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Intermodal | How To's | Q & A

What is Transloading? How to Successfully Integrate it into Your Transportation Plan

By: Rick LaGore
April 14th, 2015

The classic definition of transloading is:  “the transferring goods from one mode of transportation to another in order to have the goods reach their final destination.  Transloading is used when it is not physically possible or is not economically efficient to transport goods to a final destination using only one method of transit.  Companies that ship their goods internationally are likely to use multiple methods of transport, especially if both the shipping point and the destination are located inland.”

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Intermodal | intermodal transportation | How To's | Q & A | imc | intermodal marketing company

Intermodal Marketing Company (IMC) - (Definition, Purpose & Value)

By: Rick LaGore
October 30th, 2014

We speak with hundreds of shippers a year looking for ways to improve their supply chain, whether that be cost, performance or additional capacity.  At some point in the conversation intermodal comes into play. 

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Intermodal | truckload | intermodal transportation | How To's | Q & A | Nursery Stock

Shipping Nursery Stock via Intermodal Rail

By: Rick LaGore
February 13th, 2014

While winter snow and sub-zero temperatures make it hard for most of us to imagine Spring is just around the corner, those in the nursery stock business are gearing up for their peak Spring season.  From March 1 to June 1 nursery stock growers ship roughly 75% of their yearly sales.  The annual surge can make it difficult to obtain cost competitive truckload capacity.  

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Intermodal | How To's | Q & A

How to Ship Intermodal Without Damage

By: Rick LaGore
November 13th, 2013

This blog is written to dispel the belief that shipping via intermodal translates to more damage claims.  What we typically find when we run across this belief is the shipper was told intermodal is "just like truckload" instead of being told intermodal is similar to truckload.  

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Intermodal | How To's | Q & A

Intermodal Weight - The Most Common Issue for Shippers

By: Rick LaGore
September 13th, 2013

The most common issue for shippers transitioning their freight from truckload to intermodal is loading the container to be legally compliant with gross weight and the distribution of weight across the vehicle.  The Federal Gross Vehicle Weight Limit of 80,000 pounds for tractor/chassis/container is the same for both intermodal and truckload.  The difference lies in the 53' COFC domestic intermodal container is roughly 2,500 pounds heavier than a standard dry van.  This translates into the recommended maximum bill of lading weight to not be over 42,500 for an intermodal load versus the 45,000 shippers are accustom to for a truckload shipment. 

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