GREEN BAY, Wis. — Schneider has announced the expansion of its bulk intermodal segment, including new reaches into Canada and Mexico.
The company says its bulk intermodal trailer service has seen load volumes increase 75% in the first six months of 2014.
Schneider claims to be the fastest-growing liquid bulk carrier in the industry and now says it will double its bulk intermodal trailers in the next year to keep pace with demand.
“As the driver market continues to tighten, chemical companies of all sizes are struggling to get long-haul bulk capacity,” said George Grossardt, senior vice-president and general manager of Schneider’s bulk division. “When customers move loads on the rail with Schneider Bulk, it frees up drivers for their other over-the-road loads.”
The company says it is able to deliver bulk loads intermodally within 24 hours of the time a truck shipment would take.
“Truckload plus one day is very doable for most chemical shippers today,” Grossardt said. “If they can build the extra day of transit into their supply chains, they can count on our Bulk Intermodal drivers to deliver. Many of the customers who have experienced our Bulk Intermodal service have become regular or heavy users because it gives them a largely unconstrained, long-haul liquid bulk capacity option. We have a 100% retention rate among customers who ship intermodal loads.”
Schneider says it is expanding its bulk intermodal business.