Knichel Logistics Intermodal Edge
Knichel Logistics is a true IMC (intermodal marketing company) with rail contracts with all of the Class 1 railroads in the U.S. and Canada, which gives us the ability to move shipments “ramp to ramp” where Knichel controls the trucking on both ends. Having that ability is one of the value propositions that Knichel Logistics can offer that most other companies that offer intermodal service cannot, since they are subject to using door to door products where the equipment owner/provider controls the container and the drayage.
Having the ability to deal directly with the origin and destination trucking companies that we carefully select, instead of working through a third party, allows Knichel to provide more real time status updates and to have better control over the “first and last mile” of the shipment, which are the most important.
Knichel Logistics also has contracts with the large national bi-modal providers. We are able to leverage the volume that we can offer in key “power lanes” for these providers where they will offer competitive pricing with equipment allocations instead of being subject to just spot/transactional pricing.
With these sources combined, Knichel has access to over 160,000 53’ intermodal containers within the North American intermodal network. In addition, Knichel has relationships with 7 of the top 10 steamship lines in the world to secure ISO capacity.
Benefits of Intermodal
- Intermodal shipping is four times more fuel efficient than truckload.
- One train can carry the load of 280 trucks which makes intermodal a far more environmentally friendly method of shipping.
- Transit time is reasonably comparable to truckload, unless you require a highly expedited service.
- In lanes exceeding 1000 miles, intermodal pricing can be particularly price competitive with motor carrier pricing, often yielding a 10-25% cost savings.
If you are interested in learning more about the different types of intermodal container options available, please follow this link.