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Schneider is expanding intermodal service by moving its primary western rail partnership to Union Pacific, the company announced Jan. 19.
The Green Bay, Wis.-based transportation, intermodal and logistics services company said the change will occur Jan. 1, 2023.
The company said this partnership, in combination with its eastern partnership with railway CSX, will create more direct transcontinental connections for customers.
“The Union Pacific rail creates more opportunities for Schneider and our customers,” Schneider CEO Mark Rourke said in a statement. “Having a differentiated rail network is a key component to our intermodal growth strategy and our goal to reduce carbon emissions.”
Schneider has an intermodal fleet over 25,000 containers and plans to double its intermodal size by 2030. The company will continue to move freight with its current western rail provider for the remainder of 2022.
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“We are excited to have Schneider be a part of our intermodal service offering,” said Kenny Rocker, executive vice president of marketing and sales at Union Pacific. “Schneider’s operational excellence and focus on growth, combined with the strength of Union Pacific’s intermodal network are a natural fit. We expect both companies to provide customer-centric solutions, utilizing Union Pacific’s unparalleled franchise and reliable intermodal service product.”
Schneider said the plan pushes the company closer to its sustainability goals. The carrier estimates that it saves 700 million pounds of CO2 annually by working with railroads.
Schneider ranks No. 7 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest for-hire carriers in North America, and No. 15 on the Transport Topics Top 50 list of the largest logistics companies. — Transport Topics