The specific launch date for the new container and chassis has not yet been determined, but Canadian Tire has been testing the ability of the container to fit into existing rail infrastructure by attaching 3.5 feet of Styrofoam to both ends of a standard 53-foot unit and testing it at Canadian Pacific’s Vaughan terminal.
When pulled by a day cab, the longer container will not exceed existing tractor-trailer length limits.
“Since the chassis and containers are Canadian Tire’s and standard power is all that is needed to operate the containers, we can work with any carrier,” said Neil McKenna, vice president of transportation.
Canadian Tire operates one of largest transportation networks in the country, moving more than 100,000 different types of products to more than 490 stores across Canada.
“The 60-foot container was developed by Canadian Tire’s transportation team as an intermodal solution to increase productivity and efficiency while reducing the company’s carbon footprint,” McKenna said. “The added size allows the company to transport more products while reducing transportation costs and greenhouse gas emissions.”
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