Wednesday, September 23, 2015

More Domestic Expansion From Freight Forwarding Group as Multimodal Logistics Terminal Developed

Rail Cargo and Road Haulage Sectors Come Together in Intermodal Centre
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AUSTRIA – Mention Tyrol to most Europeans and thoughts of traversing the slopes and après ski parties will probably spring to mind, however for freight forwarder Gebrüder Weiss the region with Innsbruck as its capital is key to its operations, hence the addition of a new state-of-the-art logistics terminal with its own multimodal link to the nations rail network.

Equipped with a state-of-the-art CCTV system, energy efficient lighting and a thermal ground water heater, the high-bay warehouse meets the highest standards in terms of security, technology and environmental protection. The new terminal in Hall consists of a storage and transfer facility covering 1,000 square metres and can accommodate 5,000 pallets.

The entire location covers 130,000 square metres and the complex of buildings is located right next to the A12 motorway and therefore forms a perfect hub for the flow of goods between Tyrol, Germany and Switzerland. In addition the railway connection is situated right on the East-West route of Orange Combi Cargo. The Gebrüder Weiss block train runs daily between Vienna and Vorarlberg and an intermodal link via both road and rail haulage is available for Italian bound cargo whilst, for the most part, Gebrüder Weiss handles the main run of cargo over the Alps by rail.

In recent times the Lauterbach headquartered group has ventured into the home delivery market and in 2014 grouped together its established services under the product name ‘GW pro.line home’ in order to offer domestic customers a fast and flexible option with customers benefitting from additional services such as unpacking, setting up and connecting appliances as well as the disposal of used appliances.

The link with the location of the new development goes back to when Gebrüder Weiss opened its first office in Innsbruck in Tyrol during the 1950s. This was followed in the 1970s by the construction of the company's own freight forwarding facility and in 2002, the transport specialist made further investments in the region, expanding its location in Wörgl and acquiring the current logistics zone in Hall. The move from Innsbruck to Hall followed two years later. With the construction of Austria's first climate-neutral logistics hall in Wörgl, the company strengthened its claim to sustainable value creation in 2011. Today, a total of 240 employees work for Gebrüder Weiss in Tyrol with a range of services extending from overland transport via air and sea freight to individual logistics solutions and heavy haulage.