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Truck Loads & Management

The transportation industry is the lifeblood of the US economy.  Industry changes and troubled economic times over the past several years have resulted in too few trucks and drivers available to support what has typically been truck freight as the economy improves.  Below are some of the many challenges the trucking market faces and why IDS Transportation is firmly committed to an intermodal strategy, as a replacement for truck loads over 750 miles, and transportation management programs designed to consolidate and move truck freight on as few trucks as possible.
Fuel Costs
Diesel fuel is a large, necessary and ongoing expense in the trucking industry.  As the cost of diesel increases, many truck load carriers that run with little financial leeway find it hard to continue functioning.  Diesel fuel costs can be minimized by planning the most efficient routes for trucking freight by keeping vehicles in top condition and by utilizing efficiency measures available in the industry. 
The problem is there are far more US and world political economic factors that impact supply and demand, which truckload carriers have no control over.  Just a few examples would be the US policy on domestic drilling, fuel conservation and alternative fuel measures driven through Congress, the exportation policies of key global supplying countries and overall economic growth of various other global economies that impact demand and therefore price.
Intermodal has a diesel fuel cost component, but this mode uses significantly less fuel per ton mile.
Again, the US and global economies have a direct imact on diesel fuel prices.  As the economy improves, the demand for diesel fuel will increase, which in turn will drive up prices for truck load providers.  The strength of the dollar is another one of several factors that plays a key on the price of a barrel of oil. 
Driver Shortage / Retention
Driver training, compensation and other regulatory issues create difficulties in attracting new drivers and retaining drivers for truckload fleets. 
Driving truck freight across country keeps drivers away from the comfort of their home for extended periods.  A clear advantage of intermodal is dray drivers stay close to the intermodal ramps and final delivery of their truck freight, thus have the advantage of getting home every night.
Government Regulation
Safety and environmental concerns are the key components of regulations ranging from hours of service, weight limitation, driving records, physical records, emission control and fuel efficiencies for truckload providers.
Congestion and Highway Infrastructure
Another clear advantage intermodal has over truckload is the freight is kept off the major highways for as long as possible.  While their still is a dray component on the pick-up and delivery portion of a freight move, there are far fewer highway miles when truckload freight is transitioned to intermodal.
Environmental Factors
Supply chain sustainability initiatives are causing many companies to look at transitioning their truck freight to intermodal, but another area to review involves consolidation and pooling LTL opportunities through a freight management program.  Both of these transportation solutions are used to "green" the supply chain.  IDS Transportation is well positioned in both these areas. 
We look forward to the opportunity to help your company on these initiatives.  Contact us today!