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

Trying to be more high tech while on the road? There are tons of useful smartphone apps for truckers that are life changing, whether you need fast info on the best truck stop in the area or you want to find the lowest gas prices...check out our list and download your favorites!

Fuelbook: With over 7000 gas stations featured, you can find the best priced diesel fuel no matter where you are in the US.

CamScanner: This handy app stores your important documents, receipts and more in the cloud. No matter where you are, you can quickly access, email or fax quickly and conveniently.

Overdrive Trucker Tools: It’s everything you could want as a trucker and more! You get instant weather updates, deets on truck stops, message board and load tracker (just to name a few of the features).

Audio Books: This app is great for those long drives. With over 100,000 titles available, you can kick back and simply listen to a good book while the hours melt away.

Weather Channel App: You can never be too on top of the weather conditions when you’re on the highway. The Weather Channel is well known, and their app will keep you updated by the hour on what Mother Nature has in store.

BigRoad: This is an electronic logbook to help you track hours while on the job. It makes the process easier, handling the calculations, notifying you about any errors in your logs and most importantly- saving you time.

The Rolling Strong App: Don’t forget self care when on the road! Long hours spent sitting in a truck takes its toll. This app will help establish meal plans and provide exercise for truck drivers.

TruckerPath: This is one of the more popular apps, providing truckers with a wide range of features to help make their trip easier. Tailored specifically for truckers, you’ll find assistance for navigation, weigh stations, fuel prices, parking and more.





Tips for Intermodal Efficiency
Courtney L.
December 29, 2016
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