Logistics software fortifies intermodal transportation operations

Transportation management software provides fleet owners with all of the resources they need to keep their shipping operations in good shape. Economic activity can have unpredictable effects on distribution companies, but a reliable management system can help these enterprises consistently perform with maximum efficiency.

Reliable shipping will become especially important this year as intermodal transportation activity continues to climb at a steady pace.Commercial Carrier Journal cited the latest data from the Association of American Railroads (AAR) that found total intermodal traffic amounted to 1,025,907 containers in March. That number is nearly 10 percent higher than the total recorded during the same month in 2013. It is also the 52nd consecutive monthly year-over-year increase measured for container volume, according to CCJ.

Logistics Management cited a research note from Ben Hartford, an analyst at the financial services firm Robert W. Baird and Co., about the AAR report that argued the steady growth in intermodal transportation of late may be a direct result of warmer weather. Many companies had acquired substantial shipping backlog during some of the coldest months of the winter. Many rail operations also transferred some of their volume to trucking organizations, which may have also led to the recent increase in activity.

Some businesses around the nation are making more accommodations for intermodal transportation as well. According to Truckinginfo, Evansville Western Railway has announced plans to construct a 318-acre intermodal terminal in Winter Haven, Fla,. that will connect previously separate warehouses and distribution centers. Fleet owners who invest in advanced logistics software will be in a better position to improve partnerships with third-party shipping companies to distribute products across the nation. Using an electronic system to manage the many resources that go into intermodal transportation will reduce overhead costs and enable employees to do more with less.