Transportation is a cornerstone of logistics and supply chain management. In order to effectively plan a production and shipping schedule, companies need to secure transportation options and be prepared for their costs and requirements. Especially in a market like ours, where goods are manufactured somewhere and then often shipped vast distances to where they will eventually be sold, the transportation of goods can have a significant impact upon overall costs. 5. How do containers reduce material handling time and costs? Please describe how containers can be used in multimodal or Intermodal. Containerization was a post-WWII advancement that revolutionized shipping and materials handling. Standardized shipping containers can be used on several transportation platforms, like ships, trains, and trucks. The reason standardized shipping containers have made such a huge impact is that they allow goods to be shipped from their point of origin and transferred among platforms using cranes, without ever disturbing the load within the container. This drastically reduces the man-hours dedicated to manually unloading and reloading these goods along the route of their transit, and prevents the loss, damage, and pilferage of goods by handlers along the way. As I mentioned, these containers have standardized dimensions and hardware, so they can be used in multimodal and intermodal shipping – on truck chassis, railcars, and container ships.
ASSIGNMENT 8.3: END OF MODULE REVIEW 4 Reference: Murphy, P.R. & Knemeyer, A.M. (2018). Contemporary Logistics (12th ed.). New York, NY: Pearson.