Reach more with liner services
Sweden, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Spain and the UK: Due to the large number of regular shipments to these countries, inTime decided to extend the existing liner service concept from Germany to international destinations. "The technical solution was already available through our in-house IT solution, and the volume of consignments on these routes is also sufficient to make optimum use of the vehicles," explains Thomas Wechsung from Operations Controlling. The Cargosoft software not only recognises when a consignment is suitable for scheduled transport, but also schedules it automatically. In doing so, the system always keeps an eye on the current load and calculates the time of arrival in order to be able to reschedule flexibly at any time. "This not only makes our work easier, but also guarantees our customers that their shipments will arrive on time," adds Thomas Wechsung.
Between 120 and 150 consignments a day, ranging from ADR goods to car parts to an ICE engine head, are distributed between inTime locations, our Spanish subsidiary or one of our partners. To ensure that time-critical shipments are delivered on time, inTime relies on precise planning. The in-house software not only optimises the route and tracks arrival times, but also the driving and resting times of the professional drivers. For longer routes, the mega-trailers are double-crewed. If there is an unexpected traffic jam on the route, the tractor units are either swapped or reassigned so that the legally prescribed driving time is not exceeded. Thomas Wechsung points out: "This not only ensures the satisfaction of our customers, as their consignments arrive on time even in exceptional cases, but also relieves the strain on our employees".
Expanding scheduled services
"With megatrailer transport, economic and ecological aspects complement each other, because by combining shipments, journeys are saved, empty runs are avoided and CO2 and costs are reduced. This is a win-win situation," says Thomas Wechsung. The expansion of the liner service to Europe will further increase this added value. In the future, inTime will continue to expand and optimise its routes. Spain offers great potential in this respect. Thanks to the cooperation with the subsidiary Ader, further routes could be added in the short term. Thomas Wechsung says: "In general, inTime focuses on progress, which is why we will continue to see a large number of mega-trailers rolling through Europe.