Beginner’s Guide to Intermodal Freight Service

Posted by PLS Logistics April 4, 2017 at 9:30 AM

FTR’s Intermodal Competitive Index (ICI) rose in October 2016, reflecting a moderately favorable environment for intermodal transportation. The ICI looks at a variety of factors including truck capacity, fuel prices, rail service, intermodal rates, and more.

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8 Things to Know if You've Never Worked with a Freight Broker

Posted by PLS Logistics March 16, 2017 at 9:04 AM

A substantial amount of over-the-road freight transportation is handled by freight brokers.  A freight broker is a person or company that brings together a shipper (with freight to move) and a qualified carrier (who has capacity to move the freight).

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Market Update: More Than Half of Shippers Look for Alternative Modes

Posted by PLS Logistics February 23, 2017 at 9:21 AM

The 2017 Capgemini Third-Party Logistics Study revealed that 3PLs and shippers are moving toward more meaningful relationships, where shippers rely on 3PLs to provide advanced solutions and real competitive advantages. One trend that emerged in the study is the shift from shippers using single-mode providers to using flexible solutions to utilize the most cost-effective method of moving freight.

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State of Rail Transportation: Rising Costs but Still Viable Option for Shippers

Posted by PLS Logistics February 29, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Rail transportation has historically been cheaper and slower than over-the-road (OTR) transportation. It’s a valuable service for raw materials, freight that is not time-sensitive or freight that is expensive to haul. As OTR costs rise, many shippers look for new opportunities to reduce overall transportation spend, and despite the current rise in rail costs, intermodal is a practical alternative.

Rail Transportation is Experiencing a Slump

Rail companies, since the fourth quarter of 2015, have seen revenues fall. In fact, Q4 revenues for the top 6 rail companies were down by one fifth of what they were in 2014, and could drop by another 20% in 2016. On top of this, rail companies have planned less capital expenditure projects for 2016, due to lower expected revenues.

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Intermodal Transport - The Quick Guide

Posted by PLS Admin November 3, 2015 at 10:00 AM

What should a shipper know about intermodal transportation before utilizing it? What are the challenges and peculiarities of this transport mode? In this quick guide, you will find basic intermodal information that may come in handy.

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Top 3 Reasons to Use Intermodal Transportation

Posted by PLS Logistics July 7, 2015 at 9:00 AM

For those who have shipments moving more than 750 miles, shipping by truck and train or ship, rather than just over-the- road (OTR), can add value to the overall supply chain and drive significant savings in transportation spend.  The top 3 reasons for shippers to use intermodal transportation are lower costs, consistent capacity and quality service. 

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Shippers Turn to Intermodal for Savings

Posted by PLS Logistics March 31, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Choosing the best transportation mode is a crucial step in shrinking time and cost of moving freight between a shipper and a point of purchase. There are pros and cons to each mode of transportation, depending on the type of freight being moved, and there is an optimal route for every shipment.

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Tough New Regulations Proposed for Crude Oil Transport

Posted by PLS Logistics August 28, 2014 at 9:30 AM

The Department of Transportation (DOT) released details of new proposed rules for the transport of flammable material by rail - particularly crude oil and ethanol. The proposed rules cover seven different areas associated with crude-by-rail transport. There is less than one month left to comment on the proposed rules. If you would like to comment, please visit this link.  You can also read more information about the proposed rules and how they may benefit shippers by reading an article on Logistics ViewPoints.

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Understanding Standard Pallet and Truck Dimensions in Freight Shipping

Posted by T.J. Muehlfeld July 29, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Understanding the capacity and capability of the common means of shipping, namely trucks and vans, can make it easier when a customer has to select a transportation option to best fit their needs.

But with so many different options out there, it can get a little confusing from time to time. A better understanding of truck and pallet dimensions will better help you decide which service is right for you.

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Intermodal Freight Transportation in the Supply Chain

Posted by PLS Admin July 11, 2012 at 8:33 AM

According to Portland State University, “Intermodal freight transport is a system for transporting goods, particularly over longer distances and across international borders, which uses a combination of two or more individual modes, such as road haulage and rail freight, or road haulage and inland waterway barge, to achieve the most economic, efficient and environmentally-friendly delivery offloads to their destination.” In simple terms, intermodal freight is the transportation of freight using multiple modes.


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