Temperature controlled freight comes with its challenges, with one being value priced capacity.
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.
A rising tide in Trans-Pacific ocean freight rates is the expectation analysts see over the long-term.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.