Nexus Distribution, a leading third party logistics provider, announces new strategy for Midwest distribution.
Private Road adjacent to a metro-Chicago CSX intermodal yard in Bedford Park, IL
Finding a better solution for distribution, third party logistics provider Nexus Distribution announces the official opening of its “Chicago Land Bridge”. The nearly $1MM transportation project includes the construction of a private roadway directly linking a metro-Chicago CSX intermodal facility to a Nexus distribution center.
The Chicago Land Bridge is designed to better connect materials from international origins to the metro Chicago area for distribution to the Midwest region of the United States. The unique attribute of the land bridge is that the half-mile long private roadway can be used to transport “heavy” containers, or containers weighing more than allowed on U.S. public roadways.
Nexus’ offering comes at a time when logisticians are under pressure to squeeze costs out of their supply chains. For companies that have already exhausted techniques such as network consolidation, technology enhancements, vendor management, and rate reduction campaigns, the Chicago Land Bridge provides the opportunity to apply creativity to supply chain strategy by leveraging intermodal movements to yield significant savings.
Joining Nexus in this endeavor is CenterPoint Properties, one of Chicago’s largest and leading industrial property companies, and its Australian joint venture partner, James Fielding US Industrial Trust (ASX:JUI). David Pals of Lee and Associates Commercial Real Estate Services also has a critical role in the project’s execution.
“[CenterPoint, James Fielding and Lee and Associates] were integral in helping us launch this program,” explains Mark Ferzacca, Nexus Director of Business Development. “They helped us develop the concept and we are grateful for their unwavering support and persistence.”
Using the Chicago Land Bridge, manufacturers and retailers will be able to ship maximum weights via intermodal transportation, avoid de-consolidation activities at the port of entry, and send product straight to the Nexus Chicago container freight station for storage or immediate transload service, consolidation (with other freight), and delivery directly to retail stores or customers. Expedited drayage and delivery services will also be available given the accessibility and proximity of the intermodal yard.
Coincidently, Nexus’ opening of the Chicago Land Bridge occurs as the shipping container celebrates its 50th anniversary in April. With millions of containers in transit today, nearly all of the world’s goods spend at least some time in one.
“These interchangeable metal boxes have changed the face of the global economy and will continue to do so,” says Nexus President Will Hansen. “We are simply embracing an opportunity to help our clients realize the benefits of intermodal shipping and we look forward to delivering more solutions for the local economy.”
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