In 1956, Malcolm McLean first put a truck bed on top of an old tanker ship in New Jersey, his invention led to the ‘multi-modal’ container that could be stacked and transported by boat, truck, or train. The rapid technological developments in recent years have witnessed a renewed focus on intermodal freight transportation driven by changing requirements of global supply chains. Each of the transportation modes has gone through technological evolution and has functioned separately under a modally based regulatory structure.
Intermodal Freight Transportation Demand
Over the past few years, capacity has been squeezed with driver shortages, increased demand, and increased fuel prices. Intermodal transportation has provided one such solution. While traditionally carriers strictly sell the advantages of their own modes, this approach to transportation is quickly becoming outdated in our global society.