Kombiverkehr introduces modified online booking system

Europe’s leading operator of intermodal transport carried a total of 924,694 million truck consignments and achieved sales of EUR 434 million last year

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Kombiverkehr KG (Frankfurt/Main) is pursuing new paths in the field of IT systems and relies on solutions with integrated web services. In future the modified, user-friendly and secure online booking system can be used via the myKOMBIVERKEHR application. This makes it easier to book loading units in Kombiverkehr’s European network and it can also be seen as a useful addition to the existing B2B booking via XML interface.
After a successful pilot operation with some customers of the company, the application is expected to be given the go-ahead on 15 July 2015.
There are plans to make online booking mandatory for the customers of Kombiverkehr at a later date.
The 2014 financial year at Kombiverkehr KG was marked by difficult circumstances. The central themes of the shareholders’ meeting, which is held in Frankfurt am Main at the end of June every year, were the strikes by GDL train drivers, economic trends in Germany and the Eurozone, weather-related factors and different transport policy frameworks, which are currently having a serious impact on the cost of rail freight transport and consequently of Combined Transport as well.
“In spite of all the more difficult conditions, Kombiverkehr has managed to hold up well: we have been able to keep the network stable, maintain our market leadership within Europe and lay the foundations for more growth by expanding services,” Managing Director Robert Breuhahn told partners from the forwarding and logistics industry who were at the meeting.
The total quantity transported is broken down into 268,375 truck consignments (-9.1 per cent) or 536,800 TEU in National Transport, including Baltic Sea transport from and to Kiel, Lübeck and Rostock with connecting services to Scandinavia and the Baltic States, and 656,319 truck consignments (+2.2 per cent) or 1.31 million TEU in International Transport, which has thus grown for the second year in succession.
Kombiverkehr recorded a drop of 1.1 per cent to 97,688 consignments (195,400 TEU) in east and southeast European transport in 2014. After a disproportionate fall in 2013, this area of business was more or less stabilised with its vital services between Germany and Austria, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, the Balkan states, Turkey and Greece. The current price differences between road and rail continue to have an effect on the volume of growth due, for example, to the low price of diesel and the cheaper costs of east and southeast European drivers. The performance of the railways was and is crucial to the success of these transport services, but it failed to meet the requirements of the forwarders at times during the past financial year.