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Advantages of Intermodal Shipping with Truck Freight Carriers and Trains

By Valentina Moors Subscribe to RSS | April 25th 2012 | Views:
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Intermodal shipping is a transportation method where goods are transferred from one mode of transport to another without the need to repack the goods. Companies use intermodal shipping because it is cost-effective and efficient. One mode of transportation used in intermodal shipping is the truck.

Trucks are commercial vehicles. Companies use trucks to transport large quantities of goods from one place to another. In intermodal shipping, trucks are often used in combination with trains.

Suppose you manufacture women’s accessories in Indianapolis. You receive a large order from a women’s accessories store from Louisville, Kentucky. You decided that the Louisville and Indiana Railroad is the fastest way to transport the accessories, but your company’s headquarters is far from this railway. Even though you need the goods to be transported quickly, you cannot use just the railway.

In this case, you use a truck to transport the accessories to the Louisville and Indiana Railroad, where your goods are brought from Indianapolis to Louisville. What if the Louisville women’s accessories store is also far from the railroad? You can’t force the train off its tracks to deliver your goods to the store. You need another truck to bring the accessories to the store.

As illustrated above, though the railway is far from the store, the truck enabled you to deliver the accessories directly to your customer. The schedule for truck delivery is more flexible compared with the schedule of trains. Thus, intermodal shipping combines the flexibility of truck freight carriers and the speed of trains.

Intermodal shipping also provides increased security because the goods are opened only at their destination. The containers transported by truck freight carriers are highly resistant to certain weather conditions. This limits the risk that the goods transported will be spoiled. In our example, you are assured that your accessories will not be damaged.

The women’s accessories store is likely not your only customer. You may receive several orders from several customers at once. In this case, you need a lot of drivers to deliver the truck loads to your customers. There are many websites where you can find people looking for loads to transport. You also need to keep the truck drivers’ needs in mind; pay them well and look after them if you want them to be more willing to take orders from you. If you want to learn more about truck loads, you can read vessage.com/load-boards.php.

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