New Routes, More Data: Transporeon & ÖBB Rail Cargo Group Extend Business Cooperation Agreement to New Corridors

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Transporeon, a Trimble company, and premier rail logistics company ÖBB Rail Cargo Group (RCG) have announced an expanded collaboration by adding new corridors to their joint offering. The announcement follows the companies’ joint win of the Austrian Logistics Prize 2024, awarded by the Austrian Logistics Network Association (VNL) on 5 June.

As a result of the collaboration, customers now have the opportunity to shift their shipments to less CO2-intensive rail or multimodal chains, where the long haul is completed by rail, and the first and last miles are handled flexibly by truck to and from the customer’s desired location. Following a successful pilot programme, the two companies have now increased the number of routes available from three to eight across the following rail and multimodal corridors:

Eurasia

  • Belgium – Western Turkey
  • North Rhine-Westphalia – Western Turkey
  • Central Hungary – Western Turkey

Central Europe

  • Lower Saxony – Veneto
  • North Rhine-Westphalia – Veneto
  • Eastern Austria and Hungary – Veneto

East West

  • Central Serbia – North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Western Romania – Belgium

Real-time Visibility & GHG Emissions Calculations Made Easy 

Moreover, users of Transporeon’s transportation management platform can easily access enhanced data transparency for RCG transports, including:

  • Real-time Visibility: Using telematics to harvest primary data, shippers can track their rail shipments in real time via the Transporeon platform.
  • Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions calculation: Transporeon’s platform offers a CO2 emissions footprint calculation, in line with CountEmissionsEU.

As part of their ongoing efforts to reduce their carbon footprint, Nestlé Hungary is actively exploring the potential of multimodal transport. Zsolt Zahucki, DC manager for Nestlé Purina factory in Bük, Hungary said, “Through our collaboration with Transporeon and RCG, we are exploring the potential of multimodal transport as a lower-emission solution. By leveraging their technology, we aim to fill vehicles and plan our journeys more efficiently, while making smarter choices that align with our emission reduction objectives. This is one part of our broader strategy to shift towards increased rail transport, which supports our emission reduction goals.”

Christopher Keating, Senior Vice President of Trimble Transportation Europe commented: “As the demand to decarbonise evolves, there’s an appetite among shippers to move freight from road to multimodal. However, recent research highlights that a lack of rail/multimodal integration with other supply chain solutions presents a key hurdle. We are tackling this problem head-on by cooperating with ÖBB Rail Cargo Group. As part of this cooperation, Transporeon and ÖBB Rail Cargo Group are also planning to deploy a branded locomotive on the RCG network to symbolise the strength of their collaboration.”

Clemens Först, CEO of Rail Cargo Group, added: “At ÖBB Rail Cargo Group, we’re committed to being the sustainable logistical backbone of Europe, increasing rail transport’s share and making it accessible and appealing, especially to new customers. Our strategy centers on offering multimodal transports that merge rail’s sustainability with road flexibility. Our collaboration with Transporeon is a significant move towards making these services easy to use and seamless. We already provide a level of real-time visibility that surpasses many supply chain managers’ experiences with road transport and this is just the start of our journey.”

Today’s announcement builds on last year’s cooperation when the two companies announced the integration of RCG’s offerings and services onto Transporeon’s platform in March 2023, covering pilot routes between Germany, Austria and Italy.

It aligns with the European Union’s goal of doubling rail freight traffic by 2050. By enabling an integrated end-to-end supply chain, Transporeon and RCG are ensuring rail and multimodal transports can be handled as efficiently and conveniently as road transports.