Schneider National has created a company-owned and -managed chassis fleet so it can deliver “truck-like” service in the intermodal segment, the company said.
“Establishing a company-owned chassis fleet gives Schneider complete control of assets used in an intermodal move and makes our service even more efficient for shippers,” stated Bill Matheson, president of Schneider’s intermodal services. “Only a handful of transportation companies have invested in their own chassis fleets. We know that our asset management and maintenance expertise will deliver great value in keeping customers’ freight moving.”
Schneider acquired 600 chassis in October, and the new equipment has been integrated into operations. The company expects to convert its entire North American intermodal operation to an owned-chassis model over the next two years.
The company said at 500 pounds less per unit, the design of the new chassis allows customers to fit more product into each load. Also, the additional equipment is said to increase supply and allow the company to match the number of customer orders to equipment availability. The company also said its control over the maintenance of its own chassis fleet will yield improved reliability.