BNSF’s Chicago intermodal depot regains flow after operational shift
Truck turn times have returned to normal in BNSF Railway’s Lot 16 outside of Chicago following the railroad’s transferring control of the lot in November to a private company with several locations in the market.
The lot is a depot where drivers return empty ocean containers after beneficial cargo owners (BCOs) unload the contents. It does not handle domestic containers. Although it’s not a haul that many consider, delays in returning an ocean container can lead to detention penalties and drivers completing fewer jobs per day. That eventually causes other BCOs to be billed for terminal demurrage — also called rail storage fees.
The solution was to bring in DNJ Intermodal Services to take over operations in Lot 16; the company runs chassis and container depots elsewhere in Chicago.
BNSF announced in January 2019 that empty ocean containers had to be returned to Lot 16 rather than Logistics Park Chicago (LPC), its main terminal in Elwood, Illinois. Problems started immediately, with lines extending onto adjacent streets. Drayage providers told JOC.com drivers would sometimes wait for an hour only to discover the lot wouldn’t accept the empty. Ocean carriers are supposed to remove boxes in a timely fashion, but sometimes they exceed their storage cap so the terminal refuses to take more. (more…)Read more
Container Tracking Innovations: 3PL Adoptions and Implementations
One of the challenges for North America’s intermodal industry over the years is the ability to accurately track and report a container’s status while it is in transit.
And while that has traditionally left third-party logistics companies at a disadvantage compared with other modes of transport that utilize GPS-enabled cargo and equipment-tracking sensors, intermodal has taken steps in recent years to catch up.
3PLs, in particular, have been able to greatly improve their operations and shipment visibility thanks in part to cloud-based software and database platforms, as well as the emergence of web-enabled devices that collect, send and act on data they acquire from their surrounding environments using embedded sensors, processors and communication hardware, technology commonly know as the Internet of Things, or loT.Read more
USA: truckload carrier expands its intermodal footprint
The American intermodal logistics provider IMC has acquired Ohio-based TRANSInternational Systems. The family-run intermodal transportation company has nine intermodal freight locations across the USA, including cities like Chicago, Atlanta, Cleveland, and Memphis. IMC will merge TRANSInternational’s operations into several of […]Read more
Industry leader – and Memphis-based company – adds Ohio firm to its family
A Memphis-area truckload carrier is continuing to grow its national footprint.
IMC Cos., a national leader in intermodal logistics, announced it acquired Ohio-based TRANSInternational System, effective Oct. 18. TRANSInternational, a family-run intermodal transportation company, was founded in 1973 by Jack Stewart, according to its website. It has nine intermodal freight locations across the U.S., including one in Memphis.
IMC will merge TRANSInternational’s operations into several of its companies: Ohio Intermodal Services, Intermodal Cartage Company, DNJ Intermodal Services, and Atlantic Intermodal Services. (more…)Read more
IMC Companies buys intermodal company, expands national footprint
IMC Companies has acquired TRANSInternational System, an intermodal company based in Worthington, Ohio, that operates intermodal freight terminals in nine U.S. cities, including Chicago, Atlanta, Cleveland and Memphis.
“I am impressed with TRANSInternational’s leadership, history, services, values and team members,” Mark H. George, chairman of Memphis-based IMC Companies, said in a release. “I look forward to welcoming their team into our family of brands.”
IMC will be merging TRANSInternational System’s operations into its companies Ohio Intermodal Services, Intermodal Cartage Company, DNJ Intermodal Services and Atlantic Intermodal Services. (more…)Read more
Memphis: A Case Study in Resiliency
FLOODING ALONG THE Mississippi River earlier this year disrupted Memphis freight flows, impeding barge traffic and creating rail delays as carriers were forced to reroute shipments around compromised trackage. Combined with tariff uncertainties, this knocked volume expectations for local freight businesses a bit off balance earlier this year. However, 2019 is closing with more stability and a return of consistent cargo flows. Growth for the 2020s is supported by extensive infrastructure improvements under way and national growing inland port interest. (more…)Read more
VP of “Logistics Powerhouse” Snaps Up HR Impact Award
Tera Jackson – Winner
Vice president of human resources, IMC Cos.
A logistics powerhouse that specializes in marine drayage, IMC is focused on creating efficient supply chains. Tera Jackson plays a critical role in the company’s success, overseeing organizational development, recruitment and staffing, employment law, performance management, employee relations, and compensation/benefits. (more…)Read more
Fastest-growing companies in S.C. named for 2019
SC Biz News has announced the 40 fastest-growing companies in South Carolina for 2019.
Each year, the Roaring Twenties awards recognize the 20 fastest-growing large companies and 20 fastest-growing small companies in the state. Those winners have been invited to a statewide event in Columbia honoring them and counting down to the top company in each category. (more…)Read more
Memphis’ top companies show their team spirit
The rain didn’t dampen the spirits of some of the “best” Mid-South companies.
Memphis Business Journal held its 2019 Best Places to Work and HR Impact Awards Oct. 11 at AutoZone Park to celebrate the companies that go way beyond the status quo for their employees.
“The Gallup organization reminds us every couple of years that nearly 70 percent of employees are actively disengaged,” said Joanna Crangle market president and publisher of MBJ. “This stems from an array of challenges, generational differences, shifts in leadership, you name it. … Needless to say, this is scary stuff, except we can’t be scared because we’re sitting amongst those who get it.”Read more
IMC Companies Selected Top 100 Trucker
Inbound Logistics named IMC Companies as a top 100 trucking company in the country. The award acknowledges IMC Companies’ recent growth and expansion into every major port and rail in the United States. The publication’s editors selected this year’s list […]Read more