‘Multi-modal transport’ refers to when more than one mode of transport is used in a supply chain. A multi-modal transport system may involve road, rail, sea and air freight modes at different points across the network.
This type of transport network may be further classified as:
If you’re operation utilises different transport modes to move goods, it is in your interest to design a multi-modal network that combines performance with value. The same applies if you’re considering implementing a multi-modal system. In both cases, the following questions should be addressed:
Clearly, there are advantages to using cheaper modes of transport such as rail or sea, if feasible. Whether you can use these cheaper modes will depend on several factors. Do you have access to ports and terminals? Are you moving sufficient product bulk or volume to create large enough shipments? What are the lead time requirements?
Implementing a lower carbon supply chain can also be an incentive for considering multiple transport modes. Providing there is a sufficient volume of product, a multi-modal transport solution can drive down costs while lowering carbon usage.
LogiMap offers several capabilities for multi-modal transport optimisation and implementation. The LogiMap Visualisation module allows you to view different transport modes and assess how they work together across your supply chain. LogiMap Optimisation can then be used to model various multi-modal transport solutions and identify costs through its customisable algorithms. This means you can easily identify the right transport solution for your business.