New booking site for combined transport launched
The German start-up company Modility started a pilot booking and marketplace site this week for combined transport (CT). It allows rail freight operators to market their CT services and freight forwarders to find and book them.
Modility was founded in July 2020 by the German logistics service provider Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA), together with twelve cooperation partners from the transport and logistics sector. The project is also financially supported by the German government.
The users of the platform can find, plan and book the available transport capacity of train operators via an open marketplace. “The partners involved represent a multipurpose range of CT companies to be responsive to the complex needs and challenges of the market from the start”, said Lars Neumann, HHLA Director of Logistics, Strategy and Business Development.
Modility offers CT operators an additional online sales channel to market routes, as well as residual capacity with dynamic rates and better utilisation of train capacity. Forwarders can use Modility as a source of information for CT routings, match their needs with current offers and book the right transportation option in a streamlined process.
Short term requests
“The easy access to transport alternatives gives them the opportunity to respond flexibly to changing freight volumes and short-term requests. The booking process is based on an intuitive user interface according to well-known concepts from the B2C sector, allowing companies without CT experience to benefit from the system benefits of intermodal transport. ”
The functions of the platform will be expanded in the coming months. In the future, transport companies will be able to offer pre- and post-transport directly via the platform, creating additional transport options on the first and last mile. From the start this week, users can already book a large number of routes via the portal. Costs are only charged for successfully completed shipments.
“The idea is to provide a neutral solution throughout Europe”, says Ralf-Charley Schultze, president of the European trade association for combined transport companies UIRR. “The corona crisis shows that the dynamics in combined transport are increasing and that the demand for short and flexible transport bookings is growing, especially for the first and last kilometers on the road.”
Because Modility claims to contribute to the modal shift and to strengthen combined transport as an efficient and environmentally friendly transport system, the project is funded by the German government. Federal Minister of Transport Andreas Scheuer: “We want to move more freight transport from road to rail. With the federal programme “Future Rail Freight Transport” we support companies that want to invest in digitization, automation and modern vehicle technology. “