Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Logistics

Intermodal Freight Industry Ponders Investment in Resilience

Intermodal panel From left: Bailey, Strongosky, Acors and Burton discuss intermodal's COVID challenges. (Jerry Hirsch for Transport Topics)

LONG BEACH, Calif. — The intermodal freight industry is debating how much it should invest in infrastructure and other expenditures to build resiliency in the face of disruptive shocks such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
September 14, 2021
Business, Logistics

Intermodal Needs Greater Cooperation to Remove Bottlenecks

Barbara Melvin (from left), Mark McKendry and Stephanie Kuntzman Barbara Melvin (from left), Mark McKendry and Stephanie Kuntzman by Jerry Hirsch for Transport Topics

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Surging U.S. import demand combined with years of underinvestment have thrown intermodal shipping so far out of balance that it will take years to return to an equilibrium the industry considered normal, an expert panel told attendees at the Intermodal Association of North America’s Intermodal Expo.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
September 14, 2021
Business, Equipment, Logistics

IANA 2021: Massive Imbalances Plague Intermodal Industry

Intermodal panel at 2021 IANA Expo Intermodal panelists at IANA Expo were (from left) John Larkin, Clarendon Capital (moderator); Evan Armstrong, Armstrong & Associates; Tim Denoyer, ACT Research; and Larry Gross, Gross Transportation Consulting. (Jerry Hirsch for Transport Topics)

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Global trade patterns distorted by the COVID-19 pandemic have thrown the intermodal shipping industry out of whack, creating massive imbalances in shipping containers, intermodal chassis and drayage drivers.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
September 14, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment

Orange EV to Launch Electric Yard Truck for Ports

Wayne Mathisen “It’ll pull more weight and accelerate faster and get to a higher top speed,” Orange EV CEO Wayne Mathisen says of the larger, more durable electric yard truck model set to debut in 2022. (Jerry Hirsch for Transport Topics)

LONG BEACH, Calif. — After targeting warehouses and distribution centers with its electric yard truck, Orange EV has its eyes on the nation’s ports.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
September 14, 2021

Trucking Growth Expected to Be Strong Amid Recovery, Expert Says

Trucks Peggy Smith/Transport Topics

Economic recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic is putting pressure on the freight-hauling sector, and an industry expert said changes brought on by virus-related cutbacks are contributing to a tightening market that could rival earlier periods of growth.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
May 6, 2021
Government, Business, Logistics

Intermodal Works to Attract E-Commerce Shipments

Intermodal providers are trying to attract the e-commerce market. From left to right: Chad Thompson, vice president of intermodal operations at Marten Transport, Crafford, Carter, Ken Buenker, vice president of corporate transportation at UPS, and Casey discuss intermodal moves. (Mindy Long for Transport Topics)

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Speed and visibility are two of the most important factors that can help those within the supply chain capture e-commerce market share, and intermodal is finding ways to be more competitive in the space, according to speakers at IANA Intermodal Expo 2019 here.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
September 20, 2019
Business, Letters to the Editor

Letter: The UIIA and Street Turn Fees

Several ocean carriers recently began charging new fees to motor carriers for engaging in “street turn” activities. Unfortunately, trade press reports on the subject reflect some misunderstandings about the Uniform Intermodal Interchange and Facilities Access Agreement, or UIIA, and the role of the Intermodal Association of North America. I am writing to clear up this confusion for the benefit of the intermodal industry.

February 19, 2019
Business, Logistics

IANA Elects 2019 Board of Directors, Officers

The Intermodal Association of North America has installed its 2019 board of directors and officers, including two new members. The turnover took place Jan. 1, according to a Jan. 11 press release.

January 15, 2019
Business, Logistics

Intermodal Shipments Up 4.7% in Third Quarter

An intermodal train in Washington state Washington State Department of Transportation

Intermodal shipments grew 4.7% in the third quarter as companies stepped up imports ahead of promised U.S. tariffs on foreign goods and domestic shippers shifted from highway to rail in response to rising freight rates and constraints on truck capacity.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
November 6, 2018
Business, Logistics

Brokerage Within Intermodal Faces Added Complexity

Freight broker panel at IANA Sanderson (left) and Menzel during the panel discussion on brokerage within intermodal. (Mindy Long)

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Brokerage and the spot market have been playing an increasingly important role in freight transportation, but freight brokerage in intermodal has added complexities that increase the need for strong communication and greater visibility.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
September 24, 2018