Affiliations: Opus College of Business, University of St. Thomas,
1000 LaSalle Avenue, Mail # TMH 343, Minneapolis, MN 55403-2005, USA. Tel.:
+1 651 962 4350; E-mail: [email protected]
Abstract: This study focuses on the new initiative of the European Union (EU)
which deals with simplifying the intermodal product shipment approach that may
lead to improvement in the available transportation logistics infrastructure.
The analysis involves determining the significance in the difference between
the mean total costs in using a motor carrier, an intermodal platform, or the
new intermodal loading unit (ILU). The study found a clear difference between
the mean total costs for a motor carrier, a regular intermodal transportation
and the use of the new ILU. Sensitivity analysis showed that the regular
intermodal transportation is less competitive than the new ILU. The study
provides rationale for the transportation industry to more closely examine the
benefits of complying with the new EU ILU standard.
Keywords: Intermodal loading unit, multimodal transportation, intermodal transportation, intermodal platforms, buffer stock, inventory in transit, logistics cost model