Warehousing & Cross-Docking

BNSF Logistics - Cross-dock solutions for inventory staging and inpection, warehousing and inventory management strategies

When inventory is not moving from one location to another, it may require warehousing for a temporary time period before it can be delivered to its final destination.  As part of our warehouse solutions, we can help you identify where it makes sense to store inventory. We will analyze your forward and reverse chain to see if selecting different geographic locations would be more efficient, therefore improving your strategic advantage through effective inventory placement.

We provide strategic short- and long-term warehousing solutions throughout the United States and Canada, all while providing complete visibility to you through our inventory management system.

Key Services

Our inventory management system collects crucial inventory data that gives you real-time inventory levels and helps you make faster disposition decisions. Material distributed, forward and reverse, from suppliers and retailers can be in-bounded, scanned, stowed, and visible within minutes of receipt.  

Cross-Dock Solutions When leasing warehouse space isn’t cost-effective and you just need an area to stage and inspect for damaged inventory before reloading for shipment to the final destination, we can develop a cross-docking strategy that will:

  • Reduce the need for large storage areas within your own facility, lowering operating costs
  • Reduce inventory carrying costs
  • Reduce material handling, limiting this function to loading, staging, and unloading
  • Reduce the risk of damaged inventory reaching customers with in-house inspection
  • Reduce labor costs due to minimal handling
  • Reduce delivery times, as cross-docking facilities are typically located closer to the final delivery destination
  • Reduce transportation costs eliminating excess travel and lowering fuel and associated vehicle service costs

Addressing each of these areas of concern will ultimately lead to increased customer satisfaction in receiving a complete and undamaged product, at a lower cost and with reduced delivery times

Transportation Execution

Over the road transportation - BNSF Logistics

Commerce is moving fast. And logistics, as usual, isn’t enough to keep pace with your business needs. What’s required is smart, creative thinking that combines deep experience and technology to create supply chain solutions that rise above all expectations.

As a global logistics leader, we have the knowledge, experience, and expertise to move your cargo from Point A to Point Anywhere, using all modes available in the market. We handle everything from ultra-complex, multi-modal freight movements around the globe to simple, day-to-day transportation freight solutions across North America. Powered by experts in every mode, we can provide a strategic transportation plan for customers who need LTL, truckload, project cargo, over-dimensional, temperature controlled, flat-bed, ocean, rail, air, and intermodal.

Key Services

Over The Road
Our large and diverse carrier base, a network of more than 60,000 qualified carriers, provides you with access to spot or dedicated capacity.
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Heavy Haul
When your cargo is oversized, heavy, high-value, and time-critical, it calls for the specialized expertise of our Project Cargo Team.
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Working with all railroads, we develop and deliver effective routing options, secure cost savings, and manage sustainable solutions for our customers.
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Working with railroads, drayage companies, and equipment owners, we combine the economics of rail and the reliability of trucks to get your cargo where it needs to go.
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Air Freight
We offer a portfolio of services and air freight solutions to support your expedited shipping needs, including Airport to Airport, Door to Airport, or Door to Door.
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Supply Chain Consulting

BNSF Logistics supply chain solutions consultants provide strategic services that maximize our customers’ network efficiency.

Our extensive service offering, combined with our team providing creative and proactive ideas, ensures that we can develop the optimum solution for your logistics challenges, no matter what industry you’re in. Our global supply chain solutions and consulting team provides strategic services that maximize our customers’ network efficiency. Our team is empowered to help each of our customers create winning supply chain strategies that support their business approach and their objectives.

Through optimizing our unique rail expertise with our wide variety of other logistics services like no one else in the industry, we’ve proven that we’re ready to take on your next transportation challenge whether it’s around the corner or around the world.

If you didn’t find your specific industry listed on our website, we would love the chance to give you the first mover advantage in your industry.

Key Services:

  • Distribution Network Analysis
  • Site Selection Analysis
  • Route Optimization
  • Mode Optimization
  • Freight Rate Analysis & Benchmarking

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Reverse Logistics

Key Services

  • After-market kit, consolidation, and distribution
  • Warehousing and inventory management
  • Project management and systems integration
  • Testing, repair, refurbishment, and liquidation
  • Complete Online Visibility
  • Specialty design and rollout execution
  • Recycling  and sustainability solutions

After-Market Consolidation and Distribution

We work directly with your return/post-shelf operations to position options for material collection. Containers are positioned at major retailers’ return centers across the nation to properly execute this collection.

Using our Transportation Execution solutions, we have access to all modes to transport materials directly to designated facilities or service providers such as liquidators or recyclers. We can also consolidate materials at our Reverse Project Centers for after-market testing and disposition.

Warehousing, Inventory Management, Project Management, and Systems Integration

Our inventory management system collects crucial inventory data that gives you real-time visibility and management of:

  • Inbound/outbound material inventory
  • Serial number and item information
  • Kit and consolidation build per destination
  • TMS for one-stop tracking visibility
  • On-site installation validation
  • Proof of delivery image capture
  • RMA integration with manufacturers
  • Plug and play testing with status indicators
  • Custom automated reporting via EDI or email

Refurbish and Liquidation

Staffed with certified and trained lab technicians, our Reverse Laboratories can provide full refurbishment services, including:

  • Plug and play testing
  • Triage and part retrieval
  • Data wipe
  • Reconfiguration
  • Image flashing
  • Rebuild and repackage
  • Custom relabeling options
  • Recycling sortation and distribution
  • Upload or transfer to preferred liquidation firms
  • Full visibility of the entire refurbishment process through 3RLink


We work with industry leaders in all streams of recycling to capture more revenue return for products. Once disposition of materials is determined, we can sort and distribute your material in the following recycle streams:

  • Metal
  • Plastics
  • Corrugate
  • E-Waste

Full visibility and reporting of your recycling data is available through 3RLink and you can get an understanding of your carbon footprint at any time.

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Project Management

BNSFL delivers a seamless project management solution to plan your most complex cargo and over-dimensional project moves

BNSF Logistics Project Management Office provides cross-functional leadership that serves to deliver your complex, high-profile over-dimensional logistics projects on-time and within budget while optimizing resources and capacity.

Every project is different, but we follow a distinct process that assures nothing gets lost throughout the lifecycle of the project.  We work with you to identify your key goals, budget needs, and establish a master plan that keeps us on track but also allows for changes in the project timeline.

Our goal is to deliver a seamless project management solution to you. Every time.

Project Process Goals

  • Create a single master plan that establishes a deliberate, structured and methodical process for managing projects
  • Define parameters for what constitutes a project and assign team members with specific responsibilities that will lend their expertise to successful project completion
  • A single project manager facilitates project plan from planning through closure, coordinating between the client, functional teams, third-party vendors, and suppliers
  • Improve visibility into project performance
  • Optimize resource management and capacity planning
  • Assist the importer in developing a documented and verifiable compliance program
  • Deliver projects on time, on budget, and within scope

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Managed Transportation

BNSFL's Managed Transportation Team moves beyond the traditional 3PL model and seeks to optimize your supply chain strategy.

You need visibility, innovation, business intelligence, and cost savings to keep pace with competitors and maintain growth goals. Our Managed Transportation Team moves beyond the traditional 3PL model that solely focuses on shipment execution. We step back to take a broader look at your supply chain, illuminating processes, and possible inefficiencies, analyzing how we can make them better, and taking action to optimize everything from processes to mode selection through audit and payment.

To manage the full scope of your logistics needs, we collaborate with you to gain a deep understanding of your business, end-to-end processes, key initiatives, and goals. From order placement through planning, optimizing, executing, freight audit and payment, and handling claims, we look to create full transparency into your procedures and transactions, so we can make strategic improvements to your supply chain strategy.

Let our transportation management experts be your full-time advocates for continuous improvement.

Key Services:

  • Network optimization
  • Dedicated staff
  • Process definition and best practices
  • Core service provider development
  • Web-based technology

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Engineering Services

BNSFLs' mechanical, industrial and civil engineers provide engineering design and wind and project cargo logistics planning.
BNSFL Engineering Services - railcar modifications and securements, site selection civil engineering, railcar clearance
Primary Engineering Design Services
  • Railcar Design
  • Railcar Inspections
    • Load securement dimensional inspections for final clearance approval
    • Railcar repairs
    • AAR Rule 88:  increased gross rail load, extended service life or increased life status used for submittal reports
  • AAR Reports
  • Open Top Load Engineering Support (High/Wide)
    • Rail clearance drawings
    • Rail securement design
  • Load Impact recording and reports on g-forces, vibration, and GPS location of shipments

For heavy, over-dimensional cargo, we provide load configurations on pre-clearance drawings and securement designs per AAR Open Top Loading Rules.  Shipments can be equipped with a GPS to track the location and/or impact recorders to provide data of in-transit activity. 

For wind turbine blades straddling multiple cars, we have patented transport fixtures and continuously develop new solutions.  Complete new car designs are created for both freight and tank cars.  This work includes Finite Element Analysis and fatigue analysis, plus AAR and FRA approval package submittals.  Design modification drawings for existing cars are also produced.