What is crucial in the planning of transport to even the most remote corners of Scandinavia? For those who are interested in finding the answer to this question, I recommend the series of five articles which will follow on the specifics of transport in such countries as Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark.
Yesterday I had a dream in which all the goods passing through the warehouse moved on automated logistics routes. Unhindered and almost silently, they floated along only 1.5 meter-wide aisle racking. Evenly, steadily and at intervals. Without rushing, yet on every call. Wandering through this unusual land, I passed by hundreds of pallets climbing upwards like the walls of a great modern bastion. There were pallets hidden in towers reaching up to a height of 40 meters above the floor of the warehouse. Goods in this logistics center were continuously monitored, any deviations from the standard were constantly updated, and the customers received online feeds. The entire logistics chain work as efficiently as the mechanism of a Swiss watch. This world was almost perfect. Errors resulting from manual warehouse management were minimized; there was no room for mistakes, and the planning time was reduced to a minimum.
Many customers who decide to transport very expensive goods or those susceptible to mechanical damage or other external factors, face a large financial dilemma of how to best protect their cargo. Commercially available technological options or solutions that are only just being tested are certainly an alluring alternative for the person responsible for shipment. (more…)
Recently the transport market has been flooded with a number of technological innovations regarding intermodal transport, which is one of the most optimal options in terms of the macroeconomic scale of an enterprise. However, when making a decision whether to send a unit load in this way, we must be aware of the opportunities and risks arising from the intermodal option.
Indisputable advantages of this type of transport include, for example, the reduced transport costs (the further the distance for the goods to travel, the greater the economy), lack of exposure to communication problems (such as traffic jams, no thoroughfare, etc.) and others, resulting from the fact that a large batch of cargo can be sent at the same time. (more…)