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. The major reason behind the expansion of different modes of transport across the globe is because of the high demand for efficiency in the delivery of products to the destinations of the customers. 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. For more understanding of what intermodal transportation is, I would encourage you to go through the various forms or types of intermodal transportation and what they entail. 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. Sometimes, cargo may either be switched from the ship to the truck or from the truck to the water ship, a form of intermodal transportation known as fishy back. The combination of water and rail transportation (train ship) is the other form of intermodal transportation. Air truck is the other form of intermodal transportation that involves shifting of goods between air and road transportation modes.
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. The first reason why intermodal transportation is very good compared to only one mode of transportation is because of the high flexibility in the transportation of cargo. Flexibility in transportation helps to attain strength in areas where one mode of transport is weak, thus maximally meeting the unique needs of the cargo owners. Single mode of transport like air or train transport tends to cost a lot of cash, especially when the cargo is transported for long distances, and hence the need for intermodal transportation due to its cost-effectiveness. 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. Intermodal transportation also helps to break bulk, thus promoting easier transportation. The other reason why intermodal transportation is good is because of the minimization of accidents, thefts, and other risks during transportation.