Category Archives: Intermodal Transportation Services

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Intermodal Service Experts

Intermodal transportation refers to the use of one or more carries, or modes, for the transportation of freight goods from the shipper to consignee. In most cases, specialized and standardized containers on ships, trucks, and freight trains are used in the process. These containers are specifically designed, durable rectangular cubes that are capable of being safely secured to modified trailers. They are also built in a way that allows them to be transported using different modes. This in turn helps to eliminate the risks of damage to cargo that comes with extra handling of shipments when items must be unpacked and repacked between transportation modes. (Note: Some air cargo is also shipped in intermodal containers, although they must be shaped to fit in an air freighter’s cargo hold.)

Why Intermodal Modal Transportation is the Right Way to Go

Intermodal transportation is ideal for the hauling of any imports, exports, and cross-continental shipments that need to shift between air, ship, rail or truck. It simplifies the entire process of transportation, thereby increasing efficiency in terms of logistics and supply chain management.

A significant number of freight forwarders also prefer intermodal transportation since it helps  boost the security of goods and reduces handling costs. Intermodal services are also gaining popularity because of their overall cost reduction capabilities, improved highway safety, and environmental benefits.

Intermodal Service Experts

Intermodal-capable trucks are typically used to connect a particular container from the ocean to a warehouse or rail. These modified trucks also run between inland shipping truck terminals rail systems, and inland and seaports. For those in need of such services in Northern California, R&A Trucking has a fleet of trucks more than capable of transporting cargo containers between destinations in Northern California or to various destinations across the U.S.

Hire a Bay Area Trucking Company Today

R&A is a reputable Trucking Company that provides intermodal container services for different ports, some of which include Richmond, Oakland, Stockton, Lathrop, Stockton, and San Francisco. Over the years, R&A Trucking has managed to create longstanding relationships with terminal operators at most ports. This has helped to expedite the transportation of clients’ products from different origin points to their destination. The logistics coordinators at R&A Trucking also work closely with customers in order to come up with the most appropriate mode of intermodal transportation so that containers can be moved in the most effective manner possible. The company also offers expert storage, rail and trucking services as part of the intermodal transportation service package.

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Supply Chain Technology Trends 2018

Digital disruption continuously changes how we do business. A strategy that proved effective in 2017 may start to phase out in 2018. Companies, therefore, need to embrace this ongoing digital transformation and reshape their business models to improve customer experience, redefine their brand positioning, and enhance customer expectations. Every logistics company in the supply chain needs to keep track of the following trends in 2018. Continue reading

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The Holiday Shipping Logistics Crush of 2017

We are now in the thick of the holiday season. Lots of folks out there are spending quite a bit online to buy gifts for friends and loved ones, and this is where logistics come in. Without the right channels and people in the right places, those gifts will never reach their owners in time. Logistics refers to the complex operation between the point of origin of a product and its point of consumption. It is a highly specialized process that makes sure every item ordered is released from the manufacturer in top condition and gets all the way to the consumer unscathed.

What are the logistics of this holiday season?

We are past the middle of December, and this is a rather hectic time for consumers. While 25% of consumers already shopped in the month of November, the expectation is that 43% are still in the midst of their holiday shopping as the middle of December passes, and the statistics indicate that they are ready to splurge on gifts, with an estimated one third of household budgets going to gifts this month. The average family is going to spend a little over $1,200 on gifts, so logistics providers need to be ready to handle this kind of volume.

In order to understand how the 2017 season is stacking up from a logistical standpoint, we need to look at what happened in 2016. Omni-channel trades for that year’s holiday season amounted to $1 trillion. This year, experts project a 4.2% increase, which is saying something. E-commerce sales in particular totaled $110 billion, and there are excited murmurs about that rising 15.8% this year. Within the total e-commerce number, mobile commerce is also going to be a big deal this year, with an incredible 45% surge projected over 2016’s $22.7 billion in business.

It gets even better

Last year was “the year of massive parcels volumes,” as the holiday statistics would suggest.

  • The United States Postal Services delivered 750 million packages.
  • United Parcel Service did 700 million.
  • FedEx did 357 million.

In 2016, retailers hired 738,800 temporary employees to manage the surge in gifts being transported across the country.

So, 2016 was a massive year for holiday season logistics. If preliminary figures are anything to go by, 2017 is going to be far bigger. Now more than ever, retailers, both online and bricks-and-mortar, need to really stay focused on prompt and accurate order fulfillment.

Oakland Bay Area Logistics

If you are in need of logistics, warehousing & distribution, or intermodal services, R&A Trucking is the go-to company in the Oakland Bay Area. To speak with a representative today call 510-632-7112 or use our online contact form.

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5 Tips for Better Shipping Logistics: Ways to Save Time, Trouble and Money When Shipping

Logistics can make or break a company. When people think of a shipping company’s logistics, they mainly think only of the shipping and receiving elements. However, the thought process should involve the whole company, external companies, carriers, vendors and end users. It’s a process that revolves around moving products from your suppliers to the end user. For a shipping company to have a successful logistics plan, there are several key elements that can be followed to ensure that your company is effective and efficient while keeping customers well satisfied with the end result. Continue reading

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Tips & Tricks for Intermodal Success

If you have not yet joined the intermodal bandwagon, then this is the best time to do so. Currently, the capacity is well balanced while the rates have remained positive and steady in addition to a smooth service. As you can see, nothing should hold you back from joining the intermodal industry, as long as it fits into your shipping organization. However, there are various things to familiarize yourself with, if you want to integrate intermodal into your freight strategy successfully. Continue reading

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Tips on How to Improve Your Transloading Operations

Companies have to be smart about logistics to improve their bottom line. To reach the customer on time, the company needs to come up with a fast and flexible supply chain. Transloading is one way to improve logistics, especially when the shipment involves bulk items. The right method of transportation allows the company to move faster and spur growth. However, as a company, you need the right strategy to ensure you get the best out of your transloading process. Here are some tips that will help you turn the process into a seamless operation; Continue reading

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Quick Intermodal Tips

The complexity of the intermodal world can be quite confusing, especially if you are new to the industry. Should you happen to be a beginner, there are various terms and concepts to understand if you want to succeed. Here are some of the best quick tricks and tips to guide you in the right direction. Continue reading

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Logistics Tips: Increasing Shipping Efficiency

Proper logistics fosters cross-functional harmony across your business. With the right logistics system in place,  trucks, vendors and warehouses are enabled to play their role most effectively. When all these components are working together, products are delivered on time and in good condition. From the warehouse to the customer, goods are transported smoothly and reliably. On the contrary, an underdeveloped supply chain that has deficiencies might result in missing product and unnecessary expenditure. If you want to increase your shipping’s efficiency, then you must manage all aspects of the supply chain properly. How do you go about it? Continue reading

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10 Tips for a More Efficient Warehouse

In producing quick and accurate shipments, an efficient warehouse plays a huge role in customer satisfaction. However, to run such an efficient warehouse, a great deal of effort and time is required. Additionally, it requires a careful planning process and the use of the proper tools, to confirm that all operations run smoothly. In addition to a steady flow of operations, strong warehouse management will save time and costs. So if you are a warehouse manager, please consider the following tips. They will go a long way in easing your workload and improving your operations. Continue reading

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How to: Maximize Your Intermodal Efficiency

With increased fuel prices, driver shortage and as well as continued government policies that reduce service hours on the road, truck capacity is compromised. As a shipper, you need to find means of lowering costs, improving service delivery. One of the best ways of achieving that is through intermodal services. Intermodal transportation is more efficient and more cost effective when it comes to cargo transportation, as compared to using highways. If you are in the business of logistics, the following tips can greatly improve your intermodal efficiency. Continue reading