Overview of Modes of Transportation in Logistics

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Overview of Modes of Transportation in Logistics

Transportation modes are considered to be an essential component of the transport systems since they are the primary means of all mobility support (Barter and Raad 2000). There are several opinions that logistics can function with or without modes of transportation, but there is always a logistical failure if one of the modes are not present.

Transportation plays a vital part in history today, and provides a road towards longevity of logistics in the future. The world cannot run without the heartbeat of logistics. There are several businesses that are unable to continually function, because there are several factors that build the underlining foundation in which drives transportation modes. Transportation involves not only businesses, but it also can be useful for personal means as well. Mail and other types of packages are shipped in different ways. Modes of transportation enable these packages to be moved using various options.

Dated as far back as the 20th century we have not been able to rely on technology nowhere near as much as we depend on it today. Technology has evolved so much that it has eliminated certain aspects of transportation. Aspects such as mail getting sent over the internet versus mail courier, and forward progress in which continues to literally write history. As we look back in the 20th century we also see changes that continued to occur every day, month, and even years that puts logistics where it is today. The Evolution of logistics simply started by five modes of transportation.

Railroads being the most commonly used mode to transport the largest number of tonnage across the United States has been a major asset in logistics for quite some time. The c...

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...hich enables shipping companies to do just that. Although there are changes that are constantly made to improve intermodal transportation; modes of transportation is something that cannot be changed or taken away from logistics.


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