Every transportation manager is in the business of finding the safest, most efficient, and cost-effective way to move goods from one destination to another. Intermodal transportation combines multiple modes of transport – truck, rail, air, and ship – to move everything from auto parts to electronics. Instead of pitting one mode against another, intermodal's objective is to use each mode's strength to a shipper's advantage.
There is no escape from market fluctuations in the transportation industry. Freight rate forecasting – even during the best of times – has the potential to induce migraines and confusion among shippers and carriers.
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Transportation and Logistics as an industry is no stranger to change and disruption. Historically, these issues have been related to weather events or even changes in legislation. There are usually some things the transportation industry can count on: tight capacity out of California and Florida during the spring produce season, fuel rates spiking in the summer, and a slowdown of shipping in December each year.