NTX Magazine Volume 4 - Page 61

INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT Logistics The art of moving things -- food, housewares, clothing and more -- is as old as the items themselves, as our ancestors packed up and moved with the herds, or with the times, toward more opportunity. But moving goods has come a long way since those early days: now crossing oceans, flying through the air, chugging toward other states or countries, or even arriving at your favorite retailer via highway. The art and science of logistics not only make acquiring the products of our everyday lives possible, but also present an opportunity for companies to find wider Airliner: ©iStock.com/gk-6mt Truck: ©iStock.com/tarasov_vl Ship: unkas_photo/iStock/Thinkstock audiences and markets for their wares around the world. With this global economy has come expanded demand for intermodal transportation, combining the best of ocean, rail, air and motor transport modes to get products to market in the most efficient way possible. North Texas stands as one of the nation’s foremost logistics hubs, offering intermodal capabilities that allow companies to create and sustain a competitive advantage. “The ability to move goods quickly and efficiently from the West coast ports has allowed North Texas to become the single largest port not located on a border or a major coastline,” stated a white paper published by the Center for Logistics Education and Research at the University of North Texas, Intermodal Transportation and the North Texas Region. Intermodal transportation combines rail, trucking and shipping to create a bottom-line difference for companies and consumers with efficiencies found in the correct workings of a well-oiled supply chain. It’s not defined by the act of using more than one mode of transportation, but rather by a coordinated approach to moving goods from one point to anot