Thursday, March 18, 2010

What is Intermodal Rail?

When my husband first heard the word 'intermodal' he thought I was making up words again (which I do admit to having a small habit of doing). When discussing the subject again the other day, it gave me a thought, if my husband who is married to a freight professional and also makes important freight decisions at work doesn't understand intermodal then there are probably many others in his same shoes.

So let's start with the basics:

Intermodal Rail is a mode of transportation that combines the use of rail and truck. A draymen (local trucking company) is dispatched to pickup the freight from the shipper to move it to the nearest rail head. It is then loaded onto a rail car and shipped to the closest rail head at the destination. Upon arrival a different draymen is dispatched to pickup and deliver the load to the final destination.

So we have good news and some bad news with this particular mode of transportation, but depending on your specific needs the benefits of this service may possibly outweigh the downfalls.

Let's start with the bad news. Intermodal requires longer lead times. Also depending on your location intermodal may not be a feasible option if a railhead is not located close by.

Now ready for the good news? Intermodal can offer a nice cost benefit, especially with heavy weight and dense goods. It is also a great 'green' option. A rail train emits 6.8lbs of carbon emissions for every 100 ton miles compared to an over-the-road truck that can emit up to 19.8lbs. A rail train can also move 1 TON of freight approximately 830 miles on 1 gallon of diesel fuel!

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about our intermodal services, give us a call at 877.298.7359 where freight quotes are as easy as a phone call.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

KelTrans Website

We're now days away from the official launch of our of website!!!

From twitter to website analytics, it all seemed so overwhelming in the beginning. What a long way we are from that that time and now we have yet another 'Solution Tool' for our customers! Our ultimate goal for the site was to offer our customers an informational tool that will ultimately help them manage their supply chain. We've been able to incorporate our key 'must-haves' such as social media updates, industry related white papers, one click freight quotes, personal blogs and best-yet a customer account portal that have helped us meet this goal. We ensured we made the necessary investments to offer accurate real-time information to help our customers better manage their business and make the best business decision possible.

I don't want to give much more away with the launch only a couple days away, but here's just a quick sneak preview. More details and information to come!