Norfolk Southern Launches Thoroughbred Extra Premium Paper Service

NORFOLK, Va. — Norfolk Southern Railway today launched its Thoroughbred EXTRA premium paper service to help customers manage their supply chains and is offering an incentive for shippers to take advantage of the new service.

Thoroughbred EXTRA offers shippers and receivers of paper products customized supply chain solutions that go beyond traditional rail service to include shipment tracking, inventory management and warehouse management. By combining Norfolk Southern’s scheduled railroad operations with a network of certified distribution facilities and MODALGISTICS ModalView inventory management system, the new service offers tailored business solutions for moving newsprint, wood pulp, pulpboard and printing paper.

Customers can choose to receive a single source, end-to-end view of their inventories and locate their shipments anywhere in the supply chain, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“Customers have expressed interest in a fully integrated multimodal solution that meets their order-to-delivery requirements, while at the same time giving them the comfort of knowing their products are being actively managed,” said David Lawson, president of MODALGISTICS. “Thoroughbred EXTRA targets the truckload market by combining the economies and consistency of rail transportation with the convenience of truckload delivery through one of our certified distribution centers.”

A network of 22 Thoroughbred EXTRA certified paper distribution centers provides customers with premium paper handling and fully integrated logistics services, including just-in-time delivery, order fulfillment and freight consolidation. Thoroughbred EXTRA also offers customers ways to streamline and automate billing, freight payment, invoicing and other back-office services.

Starting this month, MODALGISTICS is offering incentives for customers moving new shipments of paper products from any Norfolk Southern-served paper mill to any Thoroughbred EXTRA distribution facility. For more information, customers can contact their account managers or Mike Moen, business solutions manager, MODALGISTICS, at (757) 823-5442.

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