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

It’s that time of the year folks! Bells are ringing, children are singing, truck drivers are BRINGING all of the presents from near and far!

Christmas is a special time for all, but the real MVP (a.k.a, the real Santa) of the season are the truck drivers and logistics companies making sure every gift is delivered safely and on time.

If you have a special logistics professional in your life, why not show them how much you appreciate their contributions by giving them a gift they will love and use? With our list of logistics approved gifts, your loved one will be hitting the road with a new pep in the step!

1. Mini Fridge: When the stomach starts rumbling on the highway, but a truck driver is in a race against time to make a delivery, a mini fridge is a life saver. With this gift, your road warrior always has snacks and beverages on hand without having to stop.

2. Sunglasses: We’re not talking about a cheap pair of sunglasses from the gas station, or those fancy Gucci ones either! Opt for durable, polarized sunglasses that save tired eyes from being blinded by the sun. Having quality glasses is a must for truck drivers, who need to stay focused at all times.

3. Seat Cushion: Long hours on the road means too much sitting. For a truck driver, it’s important to make periodic stops in order to stretch and move those muscles. When that’s not possible, a padded seat cushion can help alleviate stiff muscles and a sore bum.

4. Swiss Army Knife: If your logistics pro doesn’t already have this, then it’s a must! With so many different tools in one, your loved one will end up using it more than they think.

5. First-Aid Kit: This is one of those gifts that people don’t generally think about, but it shows thoughtfulness and it is important to have on hand in case of an emergency. 

6. Travel Blanket: A heated blanket is wonderful when winter trips take truck drivers into below freezing temperatures. With a travel blanket, they can always stay warm! All you do is plug it into a 12-volt power outlet and it heats up in a few minutes.

Tips for Intermodal Efficiency
Courtney L.
December 29, 2016

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