Subscribe to our free, weekly email newsletter!


Schneider National introduces company owned and managed chassis fleet

By Jeff Berman, Group News Editor
January 07, 2014

Last month, Schneider National, the nation’s second-largest truckload carrier which traditionally has been a major player in long-haul intermodal traffic, said it invested in a company-owned and -managed chassis fleet.

Company officials said that this investment will help Schneider to deliver what it called “truck-like” intermodal service and also provide consistent access to lightweight, quality chassis when and where shippers need them, which it said has been an ongoing issued in the intermodal sector.

The company cited various shipper benefits of this investment, including:
-More freight capacity per load: At 500 pounds less per unit, the lightweight design of Schneider’s new chassis allows customers to fit more product into each load for a more cost-effective and environmentally friendly freight move;
-Increased availability: The demand for chassis in shared pools often outstrips supply. Schneider’s additional equipment increases supply and allows the company to precisely match the number of customer orders to equipment availability; and
-Improved reliability: Schneider’s control over the maintenance of its chassis allows the company to maintain as well as identify issues and make repairs before they turn into critical breakdowns and costly delays

“The investment in company-owned and –managed chassis is really an evolution in Schneider’s commitment to provide ‘truck-like’ service for our intermodal customers,” a Schneider spokesperson said in an interview. “We now own crucial pieces of equipment involved in an intermodal move, which gives us more control and strengthens our asset-based service offering. The foundation for this next step in our evolution began about a year ago.”

The company noted that it took delivery of 600 chassis in late October, which has been integrated into its intermodal operations, adding that it expects to convert its entire North American intermodal operation to an owned-chassis model over the next two years.

Other significant intermodal investments made by Schneider in recent years include a container conversion in 2006 and the completion of its container tracking installation last August.

When asked about how the company-owned and –managed chassis fleet with compare to previous operations and processes, the spokesperson said that currently Schneider’s rail providers select a chassis from the shared pool to mount its container on when taken off of the rail, but going forward its chassis will have a separate location in the rail yards and its containers will be mounted only on its chassis.

“We have direct control to ensure that our containers always have a well-maintained, serviceable chassis available,” the spokesperson said, adding that the majority of improvements will come from “an overall lighter design, which will enable Schneider customers to load at least 500 more pounds more than when using a pool chassis. Reliability will be greatly improved, as we will see fewer service issues resulting from chassis maintenance.”

“We’ve operated, maintained and managed tens of thousands of tractors, trailers and containers over the years,” Bill Matheson, president of Intermodal Services at Schneider, said in a statement. “The addition of chassis to our equipment mix is a natural extension and once again demonstrates our commitment to Intermodal.”

About the Author

Jeff Berman headshot
Jeff Berman
Group News Editor

Jeff Berman is Group News Editor for Logistics Management, Modern Materials Handling, and Supply Chain Management Review. Jeff works and lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, where he covers all aspects of the supply chain, logistics, freight transportation, and materials handling sectors on a daily basis. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Subscribe to Logistics Management magazine

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Get timely insider information that you can use to better manage your
entire logistics operation.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Recent Entries

While the holiday season is known to bring good tidings and cheer to all, it may also come with another thing that is not so pleasant: higher rate freights. That was the thesis of a commentary written by Mark Montague, industry pricing analyst and chief market-watcher for DAT, a Portland, Ore.-based subsidiary of TransCore.

Earlier this week, FedEx said it is expanding its International First service for early deliveries with the addition of 31 new origin countries, which will bring the total number of origin markets for the service to 97.

Monday, December 22 is pegged as UPS's peak delivery day, as the company expects to deliver more than 34 million packages that day, adding that it expects to see six days in December top last year’s peak shipment day delivery record of 31 million packages.

The time has come again for less-than-truckload (LTL) general rate increases (GRI), with various carriers recently announced their respective rate hikes in recent days.

Key market metrics in the form of capacity and rates appear to be continuing to work against shippers, according to the most recent edition of the Shippers Condition Index (SCI) from freight transportation forecasting firm FTR.

Article Topics

News · Intermodal · Schneider National · All topics

Comments

Post a comment
Commenting is not available in this channel entry.


© Copyright 2013 Peerless Media LLC, a division of EH Publishing, Inc • 111 Speen Street, Ste 200, Framingham, MA 01701 USA