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An Alternate Route: Using Rail to Control Transportation & Logistics Costs

Talk of rising fuel costs is hotter than ever around the water cooler as consumers feel the pinch at the pump. Likewise, executives are having similar conversations behind closed doors as fuel costs begin to impact many organizations’ bottom lines. Moving product from point A to point B is becoming even more costly than it was just months ago. If you haven’t taken a serious look at rail as a means of transporting your freight, now is the time.

Rugged Tablet PC for Rail TransportationThe Federal Railroad Administration reported that the US could save one billion gallons of fuel each year by switching 10% of its long-haul freight from truck to rail. The cost savings are most substantial when shipping large, heavy freight for companies located near a railhead at both pickup and delivery points.

Research shows that a train transports a ton of freight an average of 480 miles on a single gallon of fuel, making it almost four times more fuel-efficient than trucks. In addition, a single intermodal train could take 280 emission-producing trucks off our nation’s roadways.

Intermodal transportation involves the movement of freight from a single origin to a single destination using combinations of transport modes including rail, ship and/or truck. When combined with intermodal transportation, containerization enables carriers to avoid the handling of freight itself when transferring from one mode to another. Not only is cargo handling reduced with intermodal, it also improves security, reduces damages and losses, and allows faster delivery.

Today’s intermodal carriers are utilizing the latest technology to offer customers the ability to track the location of their shipments. This information is available because rail and other transportation companies are using mobile wireless technology to track their moving assets and cargo. In addition, wireless applications are enabling these companies to better control inventory, purchasing, preventative maintenance, warranty and repair.

Keeping track of customer shipments and moving assets is key to boosting productivity, counter rising fuel costs, and gain a competitive advantage. MobileDemand’s line of rugged tablet PCs enables this type of tracking. They help rail and other transportation companies improve efficiency and productivity and cut fuel and other operating costs.

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