Freight Yard Logistics: A Case Study

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The new high-capacity intermodal terminal known as Logistics Park-Chicago, Burlington Northern Santa Fe's (BNSF) showcase logistical facility, has the ability to integrate key services and capabilities on a huge scale (Blaszak 18). Taking BNSF's core intermodal, vehicle, and carload services and combining them with transloading and warehousing, the facility is expected to position the company to accommodate an anticipated influx of containers carrying imported goods.


The first and most obvious logistical advantage provided to BNSF is that of significantly increased capacity. Given the fact that the company intends to bring services like vehicle and carload into an integrated relationship with transloading and warehousing, there is no doubt that when it comes to space more is better. The task of modern supply chain management and logistical efficiency is greatly assisted when capacity is leveraged in conjunction with logistics management and operational efficiency. Obviously, simply increasing capacity is not sufficient; particularly when it overwhelms the processing, distribution, and transportation systems attached to it. In this case however, the product-handling, distribution, and integration systems are either already in place or are being developed in conjunction with the facility's planning and implementation. ...
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