Intermodal Transportation

In a recent article posted by Logistics Management, “2017 Rail/Intermodal Roundtable: Volume stable, business steady” Intermodal experts shared what we already knew, but what many shippers aren’t taking advantage of: Railroads have re-positioned themselves as an effective and trusted alternative to OTR Transportation.


As a good rule of thumb, we like to say:

If you’re not shipping local, consider intermodal!

We are taking full advantage of the improvements of rail infrastructure, and our clients that are doing so are reaping the benefits. Converting truckload shipments to IMD with a trusted IMC has cost benefits, service benefits, and environmental benefits, however, we have found that many shippers still have a (false) negative perception of IMD. As a result, we have created our Intermodal Myth-Conceptions info-graphic, putting shippers minds to rest and ensuring them that rail is a viable alternative to OTR transportation.

Check out our McClain’s Intermodal Guidebook for more information! 


Each year, Inbound Logistics publishes regionally-focused supplements informing shippers in all industries of economic trends in their respective areas. This year, McClain & Associates will be featured with an advertisement, an interview with McClain Director of Business Development, Dan McClain, as well as a segment outlook of the St. Louis Economy.  Check out the attached article: “The St. Louis Region: Big Developments, Bright Future”, and stay tuned for a copy of the May Editorial!

For many years, the St. Louis region has offered outstanding logistics advantages to companies that located on the Missouri or Illinois side of the Mississippi River. With a wealth of multimodal transportation options, plenty of available real estate, and a position within one day’s drive of 30 percent of the U.S. population, the bi-state area has drawn interest from manufacturers, distributors, and retailers who need efficient access to domestic and international markets.

The article goes on to say,

As a non-asset-based 3PL, McClain and Associates provides transportation services for truckload, less-than-truckload, and intermodal shipments, using a proprietary transportation management system. For truckload moves, the company can provide flatbed and oversized equipment as well as dry van and temperature controlled trailers. The company manages intermodal moves using 53-foot containers and 40- or 45-foot containers owned by steamship lines.


Helping our partners manage their purchase orders and inbound freight is an opportunity for HUGE savings that is often overlooked by many shippers. McClain has designed a processes, as well as our logistics/supply chain technology solely around overhauling inbound freight and uncovering massive savings for our customers. Download our inbound management white pages for more information, then contact us to set up a consultation. We look forward to hearing from YOU!



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