There is a great need for a smooth shipment of products from one place to another, and hence the reason behind the high growth of logistics in many parts of the world. Time is a key resource in the growth, expansion and general success of any type of a business, which is, therefore, the reason why great emphases have been laid on boosting logistics or transportation for more time-efficiency. In this case, I would like to help the reader understand more about intermodal transportation or shipment as well as its benefits in many organizations globally. Intermodal transportation generally implies two or more modes of transport linked for easier switching of items on transit from one mode of transport to the linked one. Intermodal transportation is a vast area that contains some other types of transportation, and hence necessary to go through them to fully understand what intermodal transportation is all about. The following is a detailed discussion on the various types of intermodal transportation.
The first type of intermodal transportation is known as piggy back transportation. Piggy back is a form of intermodal transportation where goods are transferred either from the rail to the road or vice versa. The other type of intermodal transportation is known as fishy back transportation, and this involves the combination of water ship to truck/road. The third type of intermodal transportation is known as train ship, which involves linkage of water and rail transportation. The combination of road and air transportation is also very common in almost every country across the world (air truck).
A large number of organizations around the world highly prefer switching their cargo from one mode of transportation to another (intermodal transportation) because of the benefits and advantages it offers. The following is a discussion on a few ways in which good intermodal transportation can be of help to you. Most are times when there are weaknesses in one mode of transportation like breakdown of vehicles or even accidents during transportation of cargo by roads, hence making intermodal transportation a good solution for such cases. The high level of flexibility enhanced by the intermodal transportation generally implies that the transportation services are shifted towards the specific needs of the customers (owners of the goods on transit). The other reason why intermodal transportation is very good is because of the minimization of transportation costs. Intermodal transportation has also become a very good solution for overcoming various geographical and physical barriers like terrains, hills, valleys and others, and a good example of an intermodal transportation that can help you easily overcome the physical barriers is the air truck. The other benefit of intermodal transportation is enhancing a proper breakdown of goods into small units for convenient and fast transportation. The other reason why intermodal transportation is good is because of the minimization of accidents, thefts, and other risks during transportation.