In a groundbreaking move, J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. and BNSF Railway have joined forces to launch Quantum, an innovative intermodal service that aims to transform the way service-sensitive highway freight is transported. Quantum is designed to provide consistency, agility, and speed by combining the efficiency of rail with the specific needs of each customer’s supply chain.
Unlike traditional intermodal services, Quantum offers customized solutions tailored to individual customer requirements. The Quantum team, consisting of operators from both J.B. Hunt and BNSF, works together at an Intermodal Innovation Center located at BNSF headquarters. Their seamless integration ensures a streamlined shipping process from planning to execution and oversight.
Through Quantum, customers can expect up to 95 percent on-time delivery service, surpassing the performance of traditional intermodal services by delivering freight approximately a day faster. The planning process involves aligning dray, container, and rail capacity with customer needs, prioritizing drayage and rail movement for faster and more consistent transits.
One of the key advantages of Quantum is its ability to address variability and recommend alternative solutions among standard intermodal, expedited intermodal, and over-the-road options. The Quantum team provides round-the-clock oversight of every load, swiftly detecting and resolving any issues that may arise.
Moreover, by converting over-the-road highway freight to rail intermodal, Quantum helps to reduce carbon emissions. Studies estimate that rail transportation cuts a shipment’s carbon footprint by an average of 60 percent compared to truck transportation.
Q: How is Quantum different from traditional intermodal services?
A: Quantum offers customized solutions tailored to meet the specific needs of each customer’s supply chain, providing consistency, agility, and speed.
Q: How does Quantum reduce carbon emissions?
A: By converting over-the-road highway freight to rail intermodal, Quantum helps to cut a shipment’s carbon footprint by an average of 60 percent compared to truck transportation.
Q: What is the estimated on-time delivery service for Quantum?
A: Quantum customers can anticipate up to 95 percent on-time delivery service, delivering freight approximately a day faster than traditional intermodal services.
Q: How does Quantum address variability in shipping?
A: Quantum’s integrated technology and service allow the team to identify variability and recommend alternative solutions among multiple modes, including over-the-road and expedited intermodal services.
Q: Where can I find more information about J.B. Hunt and BNSF?
A: You can visit their respective websites: J.B. Hunt – www.jbhunt.com and BNSF Railway – [URL of BNSF domain without subpages].