With advancements in technology and the global trading, the movers and packers now have faster, safer and more reliable vehicles, both on rail and on road. The surface transportation is still the lifeline of economic growth.In the relocation industry, the need for faster and reliable means of transportation is increasing at a fast pace. Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) are hence gaining importance in the surface moving and packing industry. They improve the safety, efficiency, and convenience of both people and goods.
The two branches of surface transportation are :
Road Transportation in Relocation Industry :
The usage of one mode over other, differs from economy to economy. For instance, in India, long-distance transport has shown a substantial modal shift in favor of roads, both in passenger and freight transport, in the past few decades. At present, roads cater to 85% of passenger and over 70% of the freight traffic
The reasons for this can be:
- More roads are equipped with electronic tolling and variable message signs.
- Various passenger vehicles have navigation products and emergency notification systems.
- Commercial vehicles are equipped for nonstop weighing and cross-border credentials checking.
- Transit vehicles have location and communications systems.
- Availability of automatic tracking for better management of traffic flow .
Road transport has the advantage of being user-friendly. Some of the advantages of road transportation for moving and packing industry are :
- Greater flexibility
- Door-to-Door Service
- Easy Tracking
- Easy Escort Service
Further, the sector is going to become even more attractive with tremendous improvements in the road network that are expected under the National Projects.
Some of the common means of road transportation used by the movers and packers are Trucks, Container Trucks, Tempo Trucks, Car Trailers. This transportation is mainly used for local moves or small distances and large distance transportation is normally avoided.
Rail transportation in relocation industry
Efficient freight transport and timely movement of people is essential for the world economy. Hence, moving and packing companies strive to make sure that the men and material are moved freely, reliably and efficiently. At the same time, the positive impact on environment and safety are also kept in mind while moving from one place to another.
Today, moving by rail is very different from the early days of rail. Now a days, rail transit systems provide all the three kinds of benefits: economic, social and environmental. In addition, the relocation companies use rails that have computer-aided dispatch systems. This helps the companies in figuring out the exact location of the goods, irrespective of the distance traveled. For corporate clients, this service is specially important.