At the same time, traditional TMS providers began to incorporate basic multimodal capabilities into “truck-centric” solutions. Migrating from a truck-centric solution to a truly multimodal solution is no small task and many vendors have chosen to rewrite solutions or “bolt on” other point solutions to bring multimodal capabilities into their platform.
As more companies seek to take advantage of lower labor costs in developing countries, the need for multimodal transportation systems has become imperative. Many industries now depend on ocean and airfreight as natural and vital links in the supply chain. Industries such as apparel and automotive keep the ocean carriers humming, while pharmaceuticals and high-tech keep the airfreight industry busy.