Landstar Puts Heavy Machinery Manufacturer on the Right Track

Challenge: A world-wide manufacturer of heavy machinery was looking to reduce costs by moving some of its forklift product via railway service, but had been unsuccessful due to the rail industry’s reservations about transporting forklifts on trains. The customer was also looking for LTL service without incurring costly freight damage, something they had experienced with other carriers in the past due to ill-advised trans-loading.

Solution: Landstar’s Intermodal department used its experience, reputation for safety and industry contacts to: Arrange intermodal door-to-door service to the customer. Provide diagrams on how to safely load and secure the forklifts onto rail. Ensure no trans-loading of the customer’s product by LTL providers.

Results: Intermodal service has reduced the customer’s cost by approximately $1,500 to $2,000 per shipment, allowing for more competitive pricing when the customer services their own customers on the West Coast. Reduction in damaged freight on LTL moves, reducing claims and lowering cost.

About the Solution Provider: Landstar, a worldwide, asset-light provider of integrated transportation management solutions offers complete  transportation and logistics services, including truckload, LTL, heavy haul/specialized, expedited, intermodal, global air and ocean services. Landstar’s transportation management solutions offer global shipment visibility, bidding & shipping tools, carrier selection & management, event management and freight optimization.



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