Infographic: Shippers and 3PLs

Shippers & 3PLs Opinions Differ:

As a 3PL, we’re always looking to bridge the gap between the services we provide and shippers‘ expectations. This is why we found the¬†infographic in the new issue of Inbound Logistics to be both very helpful and enlightening. It’s not a big surprise that the most important issue for shippers is cutting transportation spend; however, it is interesting to see how much more importance a 3PL places on the cost of shipping. To the contrary, the least important challenge for shippers is “reducing assets and/or infrastructure”. ¬†You can tell by the gap in opinion that 3PLs place this concern pretty high on their list of perceived challenges. In a world where technology frequently erases the need for operational space (think about the news concerning 3D printing), it is surprising to hear that shippers are not in the business to drop the additional weight and responsibility. As a technology provider and 3PL, we frequently tout our transportation management software as having the ability to do more with less. Less labor, less space, less time and less money.

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from Inbound Logistics July 2013 issue

Three other challenges strike us as surprising as well: business process improvement, technology strategy and security and compliance issues. These challenges fall hand in hand with the way freight technology providers market their products to shippers. How will we overcome these misconceptions now that we really have a grasp on what shippers need and want? Will you change the way you market your technology? Are you planning to use this information to reform the benefits and features of your product? These are all questions we’re asking ourselves and plan to answer over time.

Are you a shipper that disagrees with any of the challenges listed above? If so, leave your unique challenge in the comments section.

Intermodal Transportation

Intermodal Benefits Breakdown

1. Intermodal transportation is 3 to 5x more fuel-efficient than moving freight solely with the use of trucks. Because trains can continue at the same speed without frequently stopping for red lights and stop signs, they are generally more effective at burning fuel.
2. Trains can move over 450 miles on a single gallon of fuel. In comparison, the average semi truck can merely travel less than 10 miles on one tank of diesel.
3. One intermodal train can carry the load of more than 280 semi trucks. For example, a truck can only carry one coil of steel due to road weight restrictions while a single train car can transport up to five coils of steel. Additionally, the average freight train has the ability to carry 50-60 cars depending on the load, seasons, etc.
4. Each bulk train can transport the loads of more than 500 trucks. A single semi truck holds up to 26 pallets of goods. That’s the equivalent of 13,000 pallets of merchandise.