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Intermodal Shipping

News and analysis of the developments and trends shaping intermodal shipping around the globe including technological advancements, infrastructure projects and supply chain disruption.

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News & Analysis

Dallas skyline.
29 May 2018
Integra, founded in 2003, has offices in Houston, Dallas, and Chicago and is also an intermodal marketing company and third-party logistics provider.
A freight train travels in Illinois, United States.
24 May 2018
The United States is early in trucking’s “new normal” era, but what is already clear is this: shippers will have to use all options — whether truckload, intermodal rail, less-than-truckload, or even package van — if they want to secure surface transportation capacity.
Intermodal rail in California.
24 May 2018
Railroads are no longer taking on new contracts for peak domestic intermodal business later this year out of Southern California. And that means small-size and mid-size shippers will likely be hurt the most because they don’t have the necessary volume to gain leverage in negotiations; they will be forced to supplement any truckload serve with record-high spot rates on the rails.
A warehouse in the United States.
15 Mar 2018
Have freight forwarders and transportation companies heard the “wake up call” of the fourth industrial revolution — one that will transform supply chains? The world has changed and the evidence argues it is time to invest in technology and people development.
06 Mar 2018
RoadOne has been buying regional drayage providers to add experience to its team and ensure compliance with strict electronic logging device hours-of-service rules and clean truck standards at marine ports.
A truck chassis in the US.
01 Mar 2018
TRAC Intermodal has moved 400 chassis into Chicago and plans to move another 1,500 over the next three months to help alleviate the backlog of containers.
17 Jan 2018
The complex rate on rail services between China and Europe has encouraged greater use of service contracts by shippers using the land option.
11 Dec 2017
Russian officials expect internet-based cargo bookings to account for up to 10 percent of bookings, perhaps more, in three years.
07 Nov 2017
Based on “back-of-the-envelope” analysis, the capacity of the domestic container fleet was slightly lower this year than during the peak month of November last year.
07 Nov 2017
A survey of shippers and logistics service providers (LSPs) shows broad agreement truck capacity is getting tighter, but the LSPs expect rates to rise higher next year than shippers anticipate. Electronic logging devices may be a reason.
02 Nov 2017
E-commerce is accelerating, underpinning an uptick in global trade and US economic growth, XPO's Jacobs said.
01 Nov 2017
As intermodal rail container and trailer volumes hit historic highs, pressure, that may lift pricing in 2018 and beyond, is building.
27 Oct 2017
Third-quarter earnings reports reveal across-the-board increases in transportation rates, with little sign pressure will ease soon.
20 Oct 2017
"Relentless" investment in equipment, higher driver pay help boost capacity, revenue, profit for Werner.
13 Oct 2017
Higher third-quarter operating costs at J.B. Hunt, especially costs related to drivers and empty trucks, show why US shippers should be concerned about truck and intermodal pricing.
09 Oct 2017
One of the so-called “truths” of the intermodal era is the inevitability of the transition to container, fueled by the “2 for 1” economics of double-stack.
03 Oct 2017
Shippers will have to dig harder to access new capacity as peak shipping season heats up.
29 Sep 2017
“This is one of the highest periods of turbulence and volatility in supply we have ever experienced, and we don’t think it will abate any time soon,” John Roberts, president and CEO, and Shelly Simpson, chief commercial officer, said.
28 Sep 2017
Shipping documents contain valuable information that BCOs can use for planning purposes if the information is digitized.
15 Sep 2017
West Coast ports compete harder for intermodal cargo, but rail pricing may be the key determiner.
15 Sep 2017
Call it an "obsession." Amazon's dedication to fulfilling customer expectations is turning a wheel of logistics growth that is not likely to stop.
14 Sep 2017
Addition of 10-4 Systems to division offering carrier technologies promises greater blending of services across supply chains.
01 Sep 2017
Hub Group has launched a new cargo tracking tool.
21 Aug 2017
US and Mexican Customs officials at a KCS-built facility will work to speed growing cross-border rail traffic at Laredo.
18 Aug 2017
Does an atypically "robust" summer for US freight demand signal higher road and rail rates ahead for shippers?
31 Jul 2017
Chicago-area draymen are charging shippers surcharges of $75 and even double that.
25 Jul 2017
J.B. Hunt’s first acquisition in recent memory is neither in the first nor final-mile logistics space.
20 Jul 2017
As freight volumes surge, truckload rates are rising faster than 3PLs such as C.H. Robinson Worldwide can adjust pricing.
19 Jul 2017
The campaign to organize workers nationwide across different transportation modes will give the Teamsters more leverage and ultimately cost shippers more, a US labor expert told JOC.com.
17 Jul 2017
Higher second-quarter freight demand drove up costs faster than contract rates for J.B. Hunt Transport Services, squeezing the $6.6 billion company's profits.
10 Jul 2017
The changing landscape for international intermodal rail reflects the fierce competition among US East Coast ports to attract away from the West Coast discretionary cargo into and out of points east of the Ohio Valley.
05 Jul 2017
Mexico is preparing its first hours of service rules specifically for truck drivers, while Canada readies an electronic logging regulation of its own.
23 Jun 2017
Rail tracks end long before e-commerce's last mile, but Amazon.com has many "touch points" at Union Pacific Railroad, Beth Whited says.
21 Jun 2017
Union Pacific brings domestic intermodal rail to the ICTF near LA-LB ports.