A Cool Way to Ship: Bison launches new Intermodal Refrigerated Service

Bison has partnered with CP rail to provide refrigerated Intermodal service to our customers.

Bison has worked in partnership with CP Rail for many years. In late 2016, Bison established a refrigerated service utilizing CP’s equipment. We now have access to more than 700 of CP’s refrigerated rail containers, enabling us to provide refrigerated Intermodal service to our customers.

We are excited to partner with CP Rail on this initiative as the combination of their equipment and our logistics expertise will deliver strong value and fill a void in the marketplace.

Bison’s Refrigerated Intermodal service offers our customers flexible, seven-day per week coverage. It provides the same ease of doing business as our Truckload Division, with the added benefits of running Intermodal. The service will initially focus on shippers across Canada, shipping between East and West, and offers customers flexibility, and seven-day per week coverage.  

So, why choose Bison’s Intermodal service?

  • Ease of use: Customers receive dedicated service from a dedicated customer service representative who knows your load and understands your business
  • Safety: All Intermodal loads are upheld to the same standard of safety as our Truckload Division
  • Back-up to over-the-road: Bison’s 550+ Refrigerated vans are available to complement all of your refrigerated shipment needs
  • East/West, West/East service to most of Canada: Intermodal shipments from Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, and return are available
  • Fast shipment times: We can help you get your load to its destination quickly

But, how does Bison’s Refrigerated Intermodal service differ from Refrigerated Road service?

  • Commodities run on ‘start/stop’ mode only
  • Interior payload is 50’, which is approximately 3’ smaller than our refrigerated trailers
  • Under ideal conditions, units can run over a week without requiring fuel

Is Bison’s Refrigerated Intermodal Service the right fit for you? 

Bison’s Refrigerated Intermodal Service is ideal for those customers looking to ship fresh or frozen food products including meat, prepared foods, beverages and dairy products.

We’re looking forward to the continued expansion of this area of our business and the excitement of adding additional offerings to our suite of transportation services.

To find out more about our Refrigerated Intermodal service, please contact a sales representative today by clicking below!

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The Trump Effect on Trucking

I was in Boston, MA, during the recent U.S. election. As a Canadian, it was interesting to share such a cultural and political event with locals. On Wednesday morning, just hours after the polls closed, there was a lot of shock and despair but there were also many people who were relieved and excited to have a change in leadership. Regardless of which camp you see yourself in, new leadership in the White House is likely to create change.

To bring this discussion to trucking and transportation, I sat down with Bison’s Chief Financial Officer, Damiano Coniglio, to talk about the economic outlook for 2017 and how he thinks the Trump Presidency may impact our economy and the trucking industry as a whole. Please take some time to watch the video below and let us know what you think the ‘Trump Effect on Trucking’ will be.

 

 

Current Economics Conditions (relating to trucking): 

So, how will 2017 stack up against 2016? In a word … better!

  • While the Canadian economy has been struggling over the last several months, we saw improvements at the end of the third quarter and into the fourth. The Canadian economy grew by 2.3% over the latter half of the year as Alberta started to rebound from the wildfires. 
  • The Canadian economy will improve in 2017 as the federal government continues to roll out its infrastructure spending program and trade prospects improve as the US economy picks up steam. The GDP is expected to increase from 1.2% to 1.9%.
  • Western Canada will act as a catalyst for growth, rather than a headwind, with BC and Alberta’s economies leading the way with expected GDPs of 2.5% and 2.0% respectively. BC continues to lead the West with its strength in the manufacturing and processing, technology, and service sectors. Alberta will see growth from the return to modest investment in the oil patch and the rebuild from the wildfires.
  • As for the US, its economy has been the best performer among the G7 in 2016 and is expected to see continued momentum under a Trump presidency: the GDP will increase from 1.8% to 2.3%.
  • A Trump presidency will see the US reduce personal and corporate tax rates, significantly increase infrastructure spending and support energy development. This policy direction is not new and harkens back to the Reagan years when the US economy had been underperforming.
  • Some analysts speculate that Trump’s economic policies could add anywhere from 0.5% – 1.0 to current estimates of the US GDP. Trump himself touts that his plan will “no doubt double GDP”.
  • The market has responded positively to the Trump presidency with the US and CDN indices up more than 5% since November 11. Transportation is the best-performing industry sector, increasing more than 25% since the election.”
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Provincial Carbon Taxes… Who pays them and how?

Bison Transport’s regional fuel programs can help you offset the true cost of fuel to move your freight.

When British Columbia became the first Canadian province to announce their intentions to impose a provincial carbon tax in 2008, most carriers and shippers were asking themselves and each other the following questions:  

  • What is this tax all about?
  • How will it be assessed?
  • Whose responsibility is it to pay the tax?
  • Should it be treated as a separate accessorial charge or part of the fuel surcharge?

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Bison Transport’s Top 5 Videos of 2016

There is a lot of exciting planning and preparation that happens behind the scenes when it comes to making videos, and 2016 was a big year for video production at Bison. We produced more videos than ever before, and tried many new and innovative ideas! As we move into the New Year, we’ll be working on even more videos and creating live content, giving you, the viewers, the inside scoop on what’s happening at Bison.

It was you who took the took the time to watch our content and ultimately, decided which videos were the most popular. So, let’s get right to it and take a look at our Top 5 videos of 2016. Read more ›

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The Bison Transporter: Top 10 Blog Posts of 2016!

We started the Bison Transporter blog two years ago to inspire and inform our readers, and stimulate discussion in the trucking industry and we’d like to think it’s serving its purpose. Since the blog’s inception, we’ve written more than 150 blog posts and have gained many loyal followers (Thank YOU!).

This year alone, we published 64 blog posts. At roughly 500 words each, that comes in at 32,000 words about Bison’s Drivers, culture, safety and news and views on the trucking industry as a whole. Read more ›

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