PALLETFLOW - DEVELOPMENT OF AN INTELLIGENT AND INNOVATIVE INTERMODAL TRANSPORT SYSTEM BASED ON PALLETIZED AND UNIT LOAD CARGO IN EUROPE
C. W. Flotzinger, F. Starkl, G. Aschauer - PALLETFLOW - DEVELOPMENT OF AN INTELLIGENT AND INNOVATIVE INTERMODAL TRANSPORT SYSTEM BASED ON PALLETIZED AND UNIT LOAD CARGO IN EUROPE - XII World Conference on Transport Research , Lisbon, Portugal, 2010
Within the field of cargo transport multimodal transport in general and in particular the bimodal rail-road processes have so far contributed rather insignificantly to the reduction of road traffic volume. This is the result of limited capacities concerning terminals, the necessity of special reloading devices entailing high investment costs and time losses handling the cargo, as well as wide-spread scepticism regarding adherence to delivery dates, traceability of consignments and flexibility of intermodal transport. The research project PalletFlow has the goal to develop and implement an intelligent and innovative rail-road transport system based on pallets and unit-load cargo in order to eliminate these problems. PalletFlow combines the carrier-specific advantages of rail (main leg) and truck transport (collection and distribution on the pre- and post-carriage) with the quick and economical reloading process by fork-lift trucks as well as the benefits of a neutral service centre and an innovative business model for the customer.