A shipper perspective on intermodal transport: Exploring the role of rail-truck intermodal transport in three shippers’ logistics systems
2008 (English)Report (Other academic)
In the public debate on companies’ impact on the environment, the negative impact of transport is often put forward as an area in which companies need to find new solutions in order to decrease the amount of emissions incurred by transport. One possible way of achieving such a shift is through intermodal transport, but even though such solutions are often advocated they are not employed that extensively in industry. One reason for this could be the fact that decisions influencing logistics and transport are made by multiple stakeholders with diverging perspectives and decision scopes. For instance, whereas public authorities make decisions with respect to e.g. a country’s transport policy decisions regarding logistics from a company perspective are made with reference to the overall goal of achieving cost efficient customer service.
The paper has an explorative approach and presents empirical studies of three companies that have employed or are about to employ an intermodal transport solution that combines rail and truck transport. The purpose is to illustrate how these companies have incorporated intermodal transport into their logistics systems and what experiences they have from using this type of transport solution. The findings show that transport quality is an issue, but this is weighed against the cost advantage that this transport solution provides. Also, the companies are very conscious with regards to for what part of their respective logistics systems they can use intermodal transport without jeopardising the overall performance of the system. It is the perception of inferior quality that keeps these companies from transferring more transport tonnage from truck to a rail-truck combination. If intermodal transport is to be used by shippers more extensively than current practice reveals then there is a need to congregate the objectives of the multiple stakeholders discussed above.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. , 24 p.
IMIE Working Paper, ISSN 1403-4638 ; 2
, IMIE Working paper series
Logistics systems, Intermodal transport, Shipper perspective, Explorative case study
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-15390OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-15390DiVA: diva2:114089