Logistics: The Green route
Södra’s Connect project to implement inter-modal transport solutions for customers in Central and Eastern Europe was very well received in 2019 and it meant that work to roll out the project for customers elsewhere was always going to be on the agenda. But the project was unexpectedly accelerated, as Logistics Manager Ola Holgersson, explains.
“We had already seen that inter-modal delivery solutions held numerous benefits, so when we were hit by the gilets jaunes protests in France early last year, followed by lockdowns in several European countries just weeks later, we were able to move fast.
“Customers in France suddenly found their pulp stuck on trucks as drivers were blocked at ports, then the pandemic brought huge disruption as countries closed their borders and the shortage of truck drivers was exacerbated by sickness. We were able to re-route and bypass these issues by swapping trucks for rail across borders. Customers were delighted, not just that they got their pulp but that in some cases it arrived in even better condition than usual. An added advantage was that journeys that might otherwise have taken a week of a driver’s time were being cut just to the first drop-off point for the trailer, freeing up drivers in short supply and enabling haulage companies to be much more productive.”
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