Why Shippers Are Choosing Intermodal
Recent railroad infrastructure investments have steadily increased rail speed, reliability, and service offering performance. This white paper explores how these improvements, along with factors such as electronic logging device (ELD) mandates, driver staffing, fuel costs, and environmental impact give shippers multiple reasons to utilize intermodal as a beneficial component of their supply chain strategies.
Electronic Logging Device Impact
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) passed a regulation in December 2015 that requires all commercial trucks and buses manufactured after 2000 to be equipped with an electronic logging device (ELD). An estimated three million drivers who currently use paper logs will have to convert to a digital log. This may affect HOS compliance and carrier capacity. Our executive briefing offers more information about this mandate and how it affects the industry.
Dwell: How Intermodal Terminal Congestion Impacts Capacity and Service
The railroad industry is experiencing a congestion issue called "dwell" that when combined with recent and forecast increases in rail volume impacts capacity, service and growth. "Dwell" is the period of time starting when a container is unloaded from the train and ending when the container has departed from the rail facility. This white paper takes a look at the problem with dwell and offers solutions.
Hours of Service and the Effect on Capacity
Recent industry research has found that, since the July changes to Hours of Service, an average of only 390 minutes (6.5 hours) of the 660 minutes of a driver's available driving time are spent behind the wheel. There are many pressures acting upon capacity and many upcoming regulations which could inhibit driver hours. It is necessary for shippers and carriers to not only attain a strong understanding of Hours of Service, but also to pursue best practices for improved driver utilization.
Fiscal pressures are being felt across all service offerings in the transportation industry, including Intermodal, Over the Road, Brokerage, and Dedicated. Increased recruiting expenses and mileage pay, truck and maintenance costs, preparation for future regulations on equipment, lost productivity due to new regulations and a precarious market capacity situation are all stressing forces.
We believe there will continue to be more and more natural gas tractors go into service in our industry in the near future. It is the right thing to do. It is American, it is clean, and it is abundant and cheaper than diesel. Having said that, there have been and continue to be major hurdles slowing down the adoption of natural gas (NG) vehicles in our industry. We are making progress on several fronts to overcome these concerns but some remain.
A Leaner Supply Chain
A leaner supply chain: Boosting value by trimming transportation fat. Supply chains are inherently complex and interconnected. And the greater the number of products produced or destinations for goods, the greater the potential for complexity and the greater the necessity for systematic, enterprise-level approaches to preserve value for the company at every link in the supply chain.
Private Fleet Conversion
The word "simple" doesn't apply when it comes to delivering products to your customers. That's why some of the world's most recognizable brands are outsourcing the driving - and the complex transportation solutions - to us. We're J.B. Hunt Dedicated Contract Services, and we bring an array of equipment, technology and creativity to every fleet conversion.