Comprehensive coverage of rail freight/intermodal transportation management including logistics, shippers, carriers, shipping rates, tariffs, costs and rail loads and volumes.
Posted 07/01 · 09:00 PM · LM Editorial
Rollercoaster demand levels and uneven freight volumes in 2013 created havoc in one of the more complicated years on record. In 2014, shippers will need to manage with all the savvy and experience that they can muster to get the capacity they need at a rate that’s fair.
Posted 07/01 · 08:40 PM · LM Editorial
While there are currently more good signs than bad regarding the economy, it’s safe to say that we may need to “curb our enthusiasm,” as comedian Larry David may observe, until we see more sustained signs of growth and improvement. That is, of course, unless you follow the railroad and intermodal sectors.
Posted 06/20 · 01:56 AM · LM Editorial
Intermodal volumes saw their single highest week ever at 270,243 containers and trailers and were up 6.3 percent annually.
Posted 06/06 · 06:48 AM · LM Editorial
Carloads were up 6.1 percent, or 68,301 carloads, at 1,186,314, and the total carload average per week at 296,579 represents the highest weekly average for the month of May since 2008, as well as the highest weekly average for any month since October 2011.
Posted 06/01 · 09:00 PM · LM Editorial
Through record-high investments and a keen focus on service, rail and intermodal providers are still delivering on their service promise to shippers—and doing it with improved efficiency. Our panel of top analysts takes a deep dive into what railroads are doing to stay lean and powerful during these still uncertain times.
Posted 06/01 · 09:00 AM · LM Editorial
In casual conversation with friends, it surprises me how many myths still exist around moving freight by rail. “It must be slow, unmanageable, old fashioned.” Rail seems to conjure memories of pillows of steam hovering over charming brick stations, or lonely whistles heard from a distant train snaking through the countryside.
Posted 06/01 · 08:00 AM · LM Editorial
I joined my son at his church last week and happened to meet a senior executive from a brick manufacturing company. When this gentleman learned of my logistics background, he asked if I knew anyone who had flatbed trucks.
Posted 05/28 · 12:46 PM · LM Editorial
Company officials said that this 2,200-acre site will connect businesses to strategic markets in the Southwestern United States and beyond, adding it will provide logistics gains for shippers along its Sunset Line, which runs 760 miles from El Paso, Texas to Los Angeles.
Posted 05/09 · 02:07 AM · LM Editorial
Carloads in April—at 1,481,586—were up 88,801 carloads or 6.4 percent annually, and intermodal—at 1,316,176 trailers and containers—was up 108,485 units or 9 percent compared to April 2013.
Posted 05/06 · 11:26 AM · LM Editorial
Total intermodal volume movements—at 3,777,454—were up 2.6 percent compared to the first quarter of 2013. But unlike the previous six quarters, first quarter growth came with a twist: trailers’ growth rate at 7.5 percent and 413,064 trailers topped domestic containers, which grew 3.2 percent annually at 1,473,124.