Comprehensive coverage of rail freight/intermodal transportation management including logistics, shippers, carriers, shipping rates, tariffs, costs and rail loads and volumes.

2015 Quest for Quality: Rail/Intermodal investing in service excellence

Posted 08/01 · 09:56 PM · LM Editorial
As Jeff Berman recently reported in our 2015 Rail/Intermodal Roundtable, the many service performance issues that faced the nation’s rail networks over this past winter and into early spring are clearly on the mend—and that’s great news for shippers heading into the peak season.

AAR reports more mixed volumes for week ending July 25

Posted 07/31 · 09:59 AM · LM Editorial
Carloads headed down 2.5 percent annually to 286,660, and intermodal containers and trailers remained on a growth path, up 2.3 percent to 270,952.

Carload and intermodal volumes are mixed for week ending July 18, reports AAR

Posted 07/24 · 09:23 AM · LM Editorial
Carloads dropped 7.3 percent annually to 277,331, and intermodal rose 2.3 percent to 273,850.

AAR reports mixed volumes for week ending July 11

Posted 07/17 · 08:27 AM · LM Editorial
U.S. carloads were down 6.6 percent annually at 271,494, and intermodal volume was up 2.4 percent at 262,603 containers and trailers.

Truckload and intermodal rates still in opposite directions, says Avondale and Cass report

Posted 07/16 · 09:19 AM · LM Editorial
For the month of June, the state of truckload and intermodal freight rates was again mixed, according to the most recent edition of the Truckload and Intermodal Cost Indexes from Cass Information Systems and Avondale Partners.

FMC gets real about port congestion

Posted 07/15 · 08:09 AM · LM Editorial
In a development certain to resonate with logistics managers, the Federal Maritime Commission has just released a report entitled U.S. Container Port Congestion & Related International Supply Chain Issues: Causes, Consequences & Challenges.

AAR reports mixed volumes for June 2015

Posted 07/02 · 09:57 AM · LM Editorial
AAR reported that June intermodal volume–at 1,117,149 containers and trailers–was up 3.7 percent, or 39,797 units, annually, which now stands as the highest-volume rail intermodal month ever recorded, according to AAR data.

26th Annual State of Logistics: Freight moves the economy

Posted 07/01 · 10:00 PM · LM Editorial
In the best year for the freight transportation industry since the Great Recession, logistics managers chalk up efficiencies that drive further U.S. economic growth. However, capacity issues persist, causing shippers to worry about rate hikes as carriers continue to be meticulous in their partnerships.
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2015 State of Logistics Rail/Intermodal: Still on track, but not immune to challenges

Posted 07/01 · 09:45 PM · LM Editorial
Like any mode of freight transportation operating in a fluctuating economy and horrendous winter weather conditions, there are always bound to be challenges. Based on how things have played out over the last year, the railroad and intermodal sectors are clearly not immune to the ups and downs experienced on the nation’s highways.
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Despite May volume dip, IANA remains bullish on future intermodal growth

Posted 06/26 · 10:14 AM · LM Editorial
Even with a bit of a lull in overall growth in May, intermodal volumes remain in a decent place, according to data from the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA).

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