Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Schneider Appoint New Intermodal Freight Expert

New Director For Division
Shipping News Feature

USA – Wisconsin-headquartered Schneider National has appointed Derrel E. Chappell as their new Director, Wholesale Business Development, Intermodal Division. The company states that the addition of Mr. Chappell, who brings more than 40 years of rail industry experience to the role, underscores the “company’s commitment to establishing a significant intermodal wholesale channel that maximizes shippers’ overall transportation spend.”

The hiring of Mr. Chappell looks to be part of Schneider National’s strategy to access greater shares in the US intermodal and rail freight markets which have been gaining attention in the last few months due to high level investments from both the private and public sectors, and are seen as an increasingly important future market.

“The intermodal marketplace has shifted dramatically during the past year,” said Steve Van Kirk, vice president of commercial operations for Schneider National’s Intermodal sector.

“Not only have relationships between the railroads and intermodal carriers changed, but transit times and rates have also been affected. These dynamics make it an ideal time to bring a wholesale offering to the marketplace, giving intermodal shippers more creative, cost-effective solutions for moving their freight.

“Derrel is highly skilled at knowing how to leverage the existing intermodal framework and knows where and when to push the limits. This kind of innovation and risk-taking make him a great asset to intermodal marketing companies, third-party logistics providers and shippers,” Van Kirk noted.

In his new role, Chappell will be responsible for Schneider’s relationship with intermodal marketing companies and third-party logistics providers, as well as the development of the company’s wholesale strategy.

“I have a great passion for connecting railroads, intermodal transportation companies and shippers and collaborating to find the best solution to meet a specific customer need,” said Chappell.