Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Schneider Intermodal touts all-container conversion

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Trucking giant Schneider National announced Wednesday that its Intermodal division has completed a three-year conversion of its trailer/container mix to an all-container fleet.

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"Current economic realities require that shippers scrutinize every aspect of their supply chain in search of energy efficiencies and cost savings,” said Schneider’s Bill Matheson, president, Intermodal Services. “Our 53-foot container-focused service makes it even easier for customers to leverage Schneider Intermodal’s trucklike service and the environmental benefits that come with shipping by rail."

He said the multimillion-dollar conversion included more than 12,000 units.

“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 said. “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.”