Piggyback Transportation, where for example, a truck is transported on a train, is becoming a new way to address China's logistics woes in the era of big data.
At the ongoing 2017 International Big Data Expo in Guiyang, Huochebang, China's biggest platform for truck drivers to find goods to transport, inked a deal with China Shenhua Rail and Trucks Company (CSRTC) to cooperate in piggyback transportation.
The system allows road and rail transportation to be combined into one. Trucks can be loaded onto a train. When the train reaches its destination, the trucks are then unloaded and continue carrying goods to places beyond the trains' reach. This mode of transportation saves costs, improves efficiency and eases congestion on highways.
"You not only put trucks on the back of trains, but also containers and semi-trailers," said Kang Fengwei, CSRTC general manager. "Piggyback transportation will use Shenhua's railway routes while utilizing the data of Huochebang, to transport goods more efficiently."
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