Written by Haylle Sok
This year presented new challenges and literal roadblocks for the intermodal industry. From the blindsiding pandemic to the fluid political and regulatory climate, intermodal operations were tested without much of a warning. For some companies, the pandemic forced internal process changes, while proactive preparations proved beneficial for others. More importantly, the lessons taken from 2020's unique disruptions will ultimately reveal which companies learned how to adapt for the future and which ones still have work to do post-pandemic.
Beyond adaption and predictions, collaboration for intermodalism is critical. Companies such as Consolidated Chassis Management continue to keep safe connectivity part of the foundation of its intermodal operations. Without this critical element, the success of any intermodal process is compromised.
"At the core, the entire intermodal system requires that we collaborate and connect," explains Mike Wilson, CEO of Consolidated Chassis Management. "We witnessed the importance of working together at the onset of the coronavirus, but as the crisis levels off, we can see that organizations are moving back into their silos. This diminishes the impact that seamless, well-connected intermodalism can have on the supply chain.