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Global Trade Magazine: “Don’t Dial For Diesels”

February 19, 2015

Don’t Dial For Diesels

Scott Stuckenschneider discusses how Huhtamaki increased intermodal to offset the nationwide truck driver shortage

Huhtamaki is a maker of packaging goods used in the food service and retail industries. You might know it as Chinet, the brand of premium disposable tableware, but the company makes a full range of food-service and consumer-goods packaging. Here’s how increasing intermodal became a key component to its transportation strategy.

Global Trade: When did Huhtamaki begin to rely more heavily on intermodal as part of its transportation program?

Scott Stuckenschneider: We have shipped via intermodal for many years, but we did so primarily in terms of replenishment. When we hit the tightening [trucking] capacity, we began to investigate how we can take that beyond just a replenishment of our distribution points, directly to our customer. Late 2013 is when we made the decision that we were going to begin shipping via intermodal to our customers.

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