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Click the link below to see our videos that go over how to run intermodal loads on the DrayNow app. Topics include checking the intermodal equipment, ensuring detention payment, working with the rails, managing appointment times, managing paperwork and managing truck routes.

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Recording In & Out Times

On a live load, the carrier will receive a bill of lading (BOL) from the shipper, signaling what cargo is in the container and that the carrier has indeed picked up the load. On a live unload, the carrier will receive a BOL before running the trip, available through the DrayNow app. It is very important for carriers to include their in and out times on the BOL/POD so that it is known that they were on time for the appointment.

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Intermodal Accessorials

On occasion, intermodal trucking carriers will have to do something on a load that was not included in the original trip instructions. To account for these extra steps, carriers will receive additional compensation on top of the rate for the drayage load, called accessorials.

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Inspecting the Intermodal Chassis & Container

Prior to leaving the rail yard with the container on a chassis, a driver should do an inspection of each. With the pre-trip inspection, the carrier should ensure that the container will be deemed acceptable by the customer and that there is no damage to the chassis before taking them from the railyard.

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HAZMAT and Tanker Endorsements

While most intermodal truck loads originating from the rail are dry goods in a standard 53’ container, there will also be loads available to carriers that are stored in tanks as well as shipments of hazardous materials. In order to run a Tanker or HAZMAT intermodal load, a driver will need to have a Tanker or HAZMAT endorsement on their commercial driver’s license (CDL).

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Getting Paid

Here at DrayNow, we want to make sure that carriers get paid on time. Refer to the link below to get all of the information that you need to successfully set up your payment options.

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Signing Up New Drivers on the App

DrayNow has the flexibility to work with carriers of any size, whether they’re a single owner operator or they have an entire fleet of trucks. Aside from signing up dispatchers to help manage their company’s freight, carriers can also sign-up multiple drivers under their authority to also haul loads from the DrayNow app.

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Using the Intermodal Spot Rate Tracker

As you may have seen, DrayNow has introduced the Intermodal Spot Rate Tracker to help carriers get an understanding of current marketplace conditions on the DrayNow app. The tracker shows average spot rates across all markets for each week. We also include weekly updates that interpret the trends seen on the average spot rate chart.

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Planning a Trip to the Warehouse

No matter how much you’d like to avoid them, wait times are an inevitable part of the trucking experience. There’s rarely a time that a truck driver will show up at the warehouse and be the only one there getting worked on. How can a carrier work to reduce the time at the warehouse? Follow these quick tips here.

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Understanding Trip Types on the App

Aside from the usual Pickup and Delivery options that are available on the app, carriers can also see Crosstowns, Empty Repositions, One-Way Pickups & Deliveries, as well as Two-Stop Pickups & Deliveries. Are you new to intermodal and not necessarily with what each of these trip types entail? Learn more here.

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Carrier Detention

Industrywide, the standard is that if a motor carrier has to wait to get their container unloaded during a delivery, or loaded during a pickup, they are paid for any time spent waiting after a certain amount of time. With DrayNow, a carrier can get detention at the rate of $50 per hour after two hours for a live load, and after one hour for a drop and hook.

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Intermodal Freight Weights

In order to use the DrayNow app to haul freight, a carrier needs a tandem axle tractor. What separates a tandem and single axle tractor is that tandems have an extra set of axles, therefore distributing weight more effectively across the tractor and chassis. It’s recommended that intermodal containers hold no more than 42,500 pounds of freight.

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Setting Up a Dispatcher

With DrayNow, there is no need to underutilize those working with you. When going through the registration process, you can also set up a dispatcher account, so that anyone who helps manage your day-to-day operation can find the best freight for the business and quickly pick it up off of the platform.

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Accessing Rail Apps

By using these apps, carriers can have an easier time when planning their route, when they should leave for the rail, and the ingate & outgate experience. Just as DrayNow is here to streamline where to find loads and all of the information a carrier needs for a trip, these apps are here to cut down on time and make everything as seamless as possible.

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The Basics of a Chassis Pre-Check

As an owner operator, the health and safety of your truck is the most important thing in keeping the business stable and running. What’s also essential is the quality of the chassis that you use to haul intermodal containers. Any problems that the chassis may have could affect the container and your truck if something out of the ordinary were to happen, so it’s important to inspect the chassis pre-trip.

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