GKM WI Circuitous TEU Intermodal Platform News

News About WI Platform

January 25, 2024 – GKM WI Platform Operations Center Manager, Midwest Carriers, broke ground south of Kaukauna for a new multi-purpose warehouse campus and TEU Process Center to help service GKM WI’s Intermodal Platform. The facility is scheduled to open in April 2024.

When research began for the WI TEU Platform in 2014, Fred Monique from Advance in Green Bay, provided two documents. The Brown County White Paper and Research, authored by, CFIRE, University of Wisconsin Madison. GKM WI also gathered data and created a series of inter-woven Silos that if successful, could provide short and long-term solutions for TEU Intermodal services to and from Chicago. In 2015, the WI Platform was written and received copyrights from the US Trademark Office. On October 16, 2015, GKM WI conducted the first pilot in Illinois and as of August 2023, the following has occurred with the WI Circuitous Platform.

  1. It should be noted that retention by users of the WI Platform is 100%. From 2013- 2023, GKM WI management analyzed 10 years of linear and non-linear data, to integrate the final piece of the Schematic Design’s Circuitous Flow Model. With results for Imports quantified, attention turned to using the same model for companies that export. Key outcomes include but aren’t limited to; elimination of Chassis Split, Pre-Pull, Drop, Overweight, Storage, Limited Access, Additional Drop, and TEU Termination (Demurrage) fees, and inventory management.
  2. Importers receive product on pallets per their specifications and configurations. When Midwest trailers arrive, product is off-loaded and ready to be placed in inventory placement.
  3. Exporters have the same advantage. Product is loaded on pallets and transported to the GKM WI International TEU Center in Joliet for processing, transfer to container and transported to the rail port.
  4. Exporters can request Midwest Carriers to drop equipment for loading.
  5. Intermode-Direct© officially launched on January 1, 2024.
  6. In addition to designated equipment for Intermode-Direct©, the model also has a new service process center in Fox Valley to integrate with the International TEU Process Center in Joliet, IL. In the Spring of 2023, Midwest Carriers, Kaukauna, broke ground on a multi-purpose warehouse campus a few miles south of Kaukauna. The facility will open in April 2024.
  7. What does this mean? The GKM WI Circuitous TEU Platform, provides a sustainable solution for companies in Wisconsin that import and export products.

GKM WI introduces and integrates a dedicated fleet for WI Platform Client, Vollrath, Sheboygan, WI.

After months of constructing a model that would meet execution and operation deliverables and allow Vollrath to eliminate their private fleet; on June 5, 2023, the program went live. GKM WI and Midwest Carriers (Chief Operations Control “COC” management team for the WI Platform) services GKM WI’s International TEU process facility at Touchpoint Warehouse.

Intermodal ramps may not be returning to Wisconsin in the near future, but GKM WI Intermode-Direct could be the solution exporters have sought for years (importers have used the WI Platform since 2015). Eliminate floor loading containers and draying them to rail centers in the Chicago Metro Area. How, Intemode-Direct. 53′ trailers are dropped at your dock. Products can be pulled from stock but remain on pallets. Trailers are transported to the International TEU Center located in Joliet, IL for processing. Platform users eliminate draying 20′ or 40′ containers to and from Wisconsin, traffic congestion around Railroads in the Chicago Metro area, and fees associated with processing delays. 

How GKM WI Managed Chassis Supply Crisis in Chicago for TEU Platform Users

In May 2022, the Executive Team at GKM WI Global Supply Chain, LLC had several meetings to discuss the chassis supply in Chicago, IL. In February, the first of several conferences were held in Illinois and Wisconsin to review details of a proposed strategic partnership between the GKM WI TEU Circuitous Platform and a potential exclusive-use service provider, that owns chassis.

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