Averitt Express added intermodal trailer and container operations to its line of trucking and other services as part of its “full-load/volume transportation” package for customers.
Cookeville, Tenn., based Averitt already markets an array of truckload, less-than-truckload and supply chain logistics offerings.
Now, it says it “will provide intermodal coverage through strategic relationships with several of the nation's leading railroads.” Those are Union Pacific Railroad and BNSF Railway in the West, Norfolk Southern Railway and CSX Transportation in the East and Midwest, and Florida East Coast in Georgia and Florida.
Its intermodal products will cover both containers on flatcars and trailers on flatcars, and range across all 48 contiguous states.
"In today's marketplace, shippers are thirsty for multiple modes and options that help them balance transit time and cost,” said Phil Pierce, executive vice president of sales and marketing. Averitt said it is moving into intermodal because of “market conditions and customer feedback.”
But Pierce said lining it up took some doing. "Launching a completely new mode as complex as intermodal is a major undertaking. We wanted to make sure we did it right," he said.
Averitt will allow shippers to bundle intermodal shipments with the company’s traditional business lines of trucking plus warehouse, international ocean/air and transportation management technology products.
For instance, the new service can tie into Averitt’s LTL distribution network and an over-the-road fleet with 1,500 units.
The trucker’s new long-haul rail service comes shortly after Averitt said it was restructuring that LTL route system to cut transit times in 14,000 lanes, reducing total trip miles and saving large amounts of fuel. (See Averitt Speeds Freight, Cuts Truck Miles.)
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