Due to changing customer demands, like instant product distribution, a low tolerance for damage and the need for largely varied inventory in single railcars, 3PL-coordinated rail shipping is more attractive than ever. In spite of the potential highway infrastructure investment ahead, rail will continue to compete with truck lines in many freight categories.
Similarly, railroads continue to invest significant resources in their own infrastructure to balance the underinvestment by the government in our nations highways.
COST OF CONGESTION PER MILE OF INTERSTATE BY METRO AREA
According to the Association of American Railroads 2018 report, capital expenditures by U.S. railroads have been over $110 billion the past four years. While oil industry freight expenditures have dried up, it is possible that decisions made by the current administration could renew activity.
WSI, one of North Americas largest privately owned 3PLs with rail-served facilities encompassing over 15 million square feet, transloads a wide variety of products:
- Paper, pulp & scrap
- Fresh & canned vegetables
- Construction steel
- Aluminum ingots
- Bulk chemicals & polymers
WSI works with its customers to provide low-cost solutions, whether rail or truck, to get their product to wherever it is needed, at a low cost. Our sophisticated inventory systems, including a railcar-friendly Warehouse Management System (WMS), allow our customers visibility down to the unit level, similar to truckload and less-than- truckload shipments. For example, our WMS provides our customers visibility of five individual SKUs of shingles, or exact details of lumber sizes in each railcar. This kind of unit-level detail offers customers peace of mind that their products are being tracked with just as much, if not more, accuracy than they would be on a smaller truck trailer.