The move gives the company "complete control of assets used in an intermodal move, and makes our service even more efficient for shippers," said Bill Matheson, president of intermodal services. The lightweight design of the equipment, at 500 pounds less per unit, allows customers to fit more product into each load. In addition, Schneider said, the additional equipment makes for increased availability and allows the company to match customer orders to existing equipment. With direct control over maintenance of the chassis, Schneider can identify issues and make repairs before they result in breakdowns and delays. The company took delivery of 600 chassis in late October, and has already integrated the equipment into its intermodal operations. It expects to convert its entire North American intermodal operation to an owned-chassis model over the next two years. Schneider is a provider of truckload, logistics and intermodal services.
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