Tips for Intermodal Efficiency

Over the years the demand for shipping has grown steadily and with that growth there has been a surge in productivity for the intermodal industry as shippers turn to multiple methods of transportation to meet that demand. Railways are coming into the spotlight for long distance deliveries, garnering interest for fuel efficiency and lower cost. Costs for shipping by rail can be anywhere from 15 to 40 percent less than by truck since trains depend less on fuel. Interested in going intermodal but new to the game? Keep these tips in mind and remember to call US1 Network with any questions regarding intermodal drayage.

Know the schedules like a pro

Incorporating rail into the supply chain is a strategic maneuver for the long run, but it also takes careful analysis to ensure you know when the trains take off and how to synchronize those schedules with your shipment. What is the train’s schedule and how will that affect the pickup and delivery time? You have to get your load to the origin ramp without delay and know when the train is due to reach the destination.

Drayage shouldn’t be overlooked

You can’t put all of your focus into the efficiency of the rail, don’t forget about the OTR carriers transporting goods to and from the ramp. You’ll want to make sure you carefully choose a reliable 3PL to ensure you get quality service and equipment. Streamline every aspect of your supply chain, one weak link can be costly.

Take care of your products

Especially if you’re shipping LTL.  You won’t know what other products will be traveling alongside your goods, so take care to package them properly. Determine whether your freight is fragile or non-fragile and keep it contained within a crate or box. Place your boxed goods on top of a pallet stacked in a tight square shape and avoid overhang. Print out the “Bill of Ladings” and stick it onto each package, just in case.

Tips for Intermodal Efficiency

International Dog Day was held on August 26 this year, with lovers of the 4-legged paying tribute to their fur babies. 

For truck drivers, life on the road means long hours. Bringing your pup along for the journey not only provides company, but it’s the BEST kind of company!

More and more truck drivers are discovering the joys of having their pups along. I mean, what dog doesn’t freak out in ecstasy when a car ride is mentioned?

If you’re trying to decide if you should turn your beloved pet into a long haul hot dawgie, here are our top tips to keep her safe and happy in the passenger seat.

First off, is your dog ready?

Life on the road takes some adjustment. For a dog that has never left home, this can be a shock to the system. You need to be realistic regarding whether or not your dog is suited for long hours spent in a truck cabin.

Is she used to traveling? Is she calm or hyper? Is your truck cabin large enough to accommodate her size?

You might have a happy vision of you and your dog enjoying the windows down as the sun sets over the highway, but you need to think about whether your dog’s physical well being and personality are ready for such a demanding trip.

Become a puppy-proofing pro

You’ve decided that your dog is ready for her first journey, so now it’s time to check out the truck cabin. You need to make sure it is puppy-proof to avoid potential emergencies.

Keep food and medications tucked away in a cooler where she can’t reach them. Create a partition between the driver's seat and the passenger seat, so she can’t accidentally hit switches or get down under the pedals.

Invest in a harness and dog seat belt to keep your pup safely and comfortably restrained.

Plan your routes accordingly

Now that you have a new furry first mate along for the ride, it’s a good idea to plan routes ahead of time with your pup in mind.

Pick out stops that have plenty of grassy space, so she can stretch her legs and use the bathroom.

You might need to stop more than you usually would if you were alone, so keep the time in mind when planning.

Tips for Intermodal Efficiency
Courtney L.
December 29, 2016

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