Insights - January/February 2018 - 8

Service, Capacity, Innovation
Focus Will Help to Sustain
Intermodal Progress

The intermodal outlook for 2018 is upbeat throughout the industry, including railroads such as Kansas City Southern.

T

o sustain and grow the record volume levels achieved in 2017, intermodal will need to
focus on a wide range of opportunities for innovation while improving service, making
capacity investments and enhancing customer relationships.

Those wide-ranging actions
were highlighted by experts from
every corner of the industry at the
start of this year. North American
intermodal volume in 2017 totaled
17,935,309. The total is 4.7 percent
above 2015, the previous highest
record year.
"Intermodal is in a position
to continue to capitalize on the
momentum the industry has realized
Knichel
since late summer," said Kristy Knichel,
CEO of Knichel Logistics. To support that view, she cited
recent 3 percent U.S. economic growth and regulatory
8 Intermodal Insights | January/February 2018

factors such as the electronic
logging device mandate that
could cut truck capacity and help
intermodal, while also noting that
the outlook could change in the
event of extreme weather or a shift
in the economy.
Mark Montague, an analyst
at DAT Solutions who tracks U.S.
surface freight trends, reinforced
the immediate opportunity, saying
Montague
that he expects the freight market
will continue to be "tight," at least through the first half
of 2018.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Insights - January/February 2018

IANA News
Service, Capacity, Innovation Focus Will Help to Sustain Intermodal Progress
Intermodal Moves Toward ‘Digitization’ of Data
Ocean Carriers Focus on Continued Adjustment to Global Freight Network
Freight Report
Voice of the Shipper
Intermodal Industry Participants Stand to Gain from Tax Bill
Early Days of ELD Mandate Seem to Indicate Adjustment Period
Government News
New Members
International Intermodal News
People News
Intermodal Calendar
Insights - January/February 2018 - Cover1
Insights - January/February 2018 - 2
Insights - January/February 2018 - 3
Insights - January/February 2018 - IANA News
Insights - January/February 2018 - 5
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Insights - January/February 2018 - Service, Capacity, Innovation Focus Will Help to Sustain Intermodal Progress
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Insights - January/February 2018 - Intermodal Moves Toward ‘Digitization’ of Data
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Insights - January/February 2018 - Ocean Carriers Focus on Continued Adjustment to Global Freight Network
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Insights - January/February 2018 - 18
Insights - January/February 2018 - Freight Report
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Insights - January/February 2018 - Voice of the Shipper
Insights - January/February 2018 - Intermodal Industry Participants Stand to Gain from Tax Bill
Insights - January/February 2018 - 23
Insights - January/February 2018 - Early Days of ELD Mandate Seem to Indicate Adjustment Period
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Insights - January/February 2018 - 26
Insights - January/February 2018 - Government News
Insights - January/February 2018 - New Members
Insights - January/February 2018 - International Intermodal News
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Insights - January/February 2018 - Intermodal Calendar
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