Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Schneider National Converts To Container Only Intermodal Fleet

Commitment to “Energy Efficiencies and Cost Saving for Customers" says President
Shipping News Feature

USA – Wisconsin-based Schneider National, a major provider of transportation, intermodal and logistics services to the North American freight sector, today completed a three-year conversion project that sees the company’s Intermodal division replace its mixed trailer/container fleet with one composed exclusively of containers.

Schneider’s state that the new container-only service is proof of the company’s long-term commitment to intermodal transportation and the environmental benefits inherent with moving freight via this mode.

Bill Matheson, President of Schneider’s Intermodal Services, said that: “Current economic realities require that shippers scrutinize every aspect of their supply chain in search of energy efficiencies and cost savings.

“Our 53-foot container-focused service makes it even easier for customers to leverage Schneider Intermodal’s truck-like service and the environmental benefits that come with shipping by rail.”

The conversion is a significant investment for the company, who have operated a mixed fleet since becoming involved in intermodal freight for almost twenty years, and they reports that customer reaction to the change has been highly favourable due to the significant service improvements and cost savings.

“The benefits of moving freight via intermodal containers are so significant that there’s no doubt containers will become the intermodal standard in the very near future,” Matheson added.

“Shippers want to stack containers and move more freight – in an energy-efficient manner – at one time. They also want a simplified process for trailer/container management, both for their shipping department and the truck drivers moving their freight. Our new containerization approach delivers on both fronts.”