Rad transportation is the most mobile and flexible of all transport modes. When you consider that warehousing needs virtually no adaptation to get the good from the building to the road via trucks, haulage's simplicity is easy to see.
Road freight allows for flexibility in departure times, door to door transportation, and in most cases, is still the most cost effective option.
Almost any type of freight can be carried via rail, from bulk materials to food products, to household goods, and everything in between.
Developments have been made in rolling stock so refrigeration cars are able to preserve perishable goods for the duration of the journey and save the customer money.
Due to the high load capacity, the cost of rail transportation is relatively low too.
The fastest way to deliver goods from point A to point B, air transportation has become a very important part of the supply chain network.
Cargoes like perishables, valuables (such as jewellery), medicines or organs for transplants rely heavily on this method due to the time limitations imposed upon them.
Due to its airbourne nature, air freight is not subject to the same topographical limitations as road or rail. Mountains, seas, rivers or canyons do not matter for this mode.
A strong contender to all other modes of transportation, sea transport is relatively cheap, reliable and efficient.
Ships are extremely versatile, being able to adapt to accommodate a variety of cargoes, or be specifically designed for certain jobs. Due to this any cargo is able to be shipped whether it is raw materials, gas, oil, industry products, or breakbulk.
The main drawback to sea transportation is the relative low speed of delivery, companies will need to build in additional delivery time for their products. Additionally, like rail and air transport, sea transportation needs to utilise road transport for the “last mile” to get the goods from the dock to the customer.