Reviewing 2016’s Intermodal Predictions & Anticipating 2017

Posted by PLS Logistics October 11, 2016 at 10:05 AM

Intermodal transportation is a hybrid system that relies on an interchangeable relationship among truck, rail and barge. Intermodal transport is a reliable mode, providing standardized transit schedules, low costs and easy access to equipment.

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Are Railroads the Golden Standard of Real-Time Data?

Posted by PLS Logistics June 22, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Shippers and trucking companies alike could learn a few things from the ways rail companies, especially Union Pacific (UP), are implementing real-time, big data technology to overcome supply chain obstacles.

Union Pacific had several problems to address, and technology was the only solution.

UP’s Problems

Freight rail companies like UP face unique problems. There are 140,000 miles of railroad tracks across the U.S. that move 5 million tons of goods a day. Maintaining visibility into train and track conditions across this vast, high-traffic network is extremely difficult.

Adding to the challenge is the fact that most freight rail cars don’t have electric power. This means that RFID technology, which has been used by passenger trains since the early 90s, is not a viable means of visibility into train location.

The lack of electric power also means a lack of knowledge into train and track conditions. Heavy duty trucks have the capability to utilize technology which can notify a carrier of truck malfunctions so that a crash or delay can be avoided as best as possible. Freight train cars do not have this capability.

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Intermodal Transportation Prepares for a Surge

Posted by PLS Logistics February 10, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Intermodal transportation prepares for a surge in freight volume due to the driver shortage, increased demand, heightened government regulations, environmental issues and the damaged highway infrastructure.

Intermodal and rail, once considered slow and undependable, are now defined by proficiency, economy and sustainability. Rail has regained transportation market share because it has the capacity, safety and rates that shippers are searching for. Through intermodal transportation, shippers realize the benefits of combining transportation modes for custom freight solutions. (Check out this blog to learn more: Shippers Turn to Intermodal for Savings).

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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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