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Build an Agile European Distribution Network to Reduce Costs and Risk

Published: 11 November 2013

ID: G00258810

Analyst(s): David Gonzalez


Cost-effective and agile European multimodal transportation and warehouse networks enable organizations to take advantage of growth opportunities in new markets and reduce costs in mature markets. Logistics and transport managers can use these best practices to achieve these goals.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Create a Balanced Transportation Model in Europe
    • Rail Freight Offers Significant Cost-Benefits, Yet Increased Transit Time and Complexity
    • Inland Waterways Benefit Niche Industries in Areas With the Infrastructure
    • Short Sea Services Are Often Regional Feeders for Global Shippers
  • Consider Emerging Markets Before Expanding Your Logistics Network
  • Maintain an Agile European Distribution Network

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