3 May 2013 FreightArranger, the intermodal freight brokerage specialist, returned from the logistics industry’s biggest exhibition with increased footfall figures and a wealth of positive feedback. Whilst MultiModal’s attendance figures were up 18% on last year’s show, also held at NEC Birmingham, FreightArranger’s own visitor figures showed a 23% increase. And with that, plenty of great feedback on the service, which will make the best use of the UK’s transport network, reducing congestion and producing less carbon by finding money-earning uses for the spare capacity of both road and rail hauliers.
Nick Radcliffe, Managing Director of FreightArranger, said that it was very encouraging to have such a receptive response from such a wide field of potential users of the service.
Meetings were held with a variety of current rail freight users and new to rail enquirers who were seeking easier ways of accessing rail freight.
Nick said: “Comments were made, that increased visibility and ease of access to rail was beneficial, that FreightArranger had made a lot of progress since the previous year, and that the sort of service which we offer should have been done before. Not to mention the benefit of FreightArranger’s real-time locator.
“We showed a wide range of potential customers just how much progress had been made in the last 12 months, and how they will be able to benefit from improved access to rail when the service goes live in Autumn 2013.”
FreightArranger recently completed User Acceptance Testing, an important stage which marks the start of the transition from software development to full scale operations.
The next steps in FreightArranger’s plans include completing the development of the real-time train and container locator, and beginning a series of operational trials. The trials will use live container bookings onto participating train services, which provides opportunities for consignors to get involved and try out the service at an early stage.