André Bénard Lecture A Student's Perspective

Hogg, Daniel
January 2000
Logistics & Transport Focus;Jan/Feb2000, Vol. 2 Issue 1, p15
Trade Publication
DSM general manager for physical distribution Frank Otten gave an Andre Benard lecture addressing the question "What is needed for rail to compete with road freight transport at a European level?" from the perspective of the chemical industry at the London Royal Society of Arts in London, England. Otten pointed out that rail's biggest problem was that it was uncompetitive with other modes and did not respond to customer's needs. This has led to a shift to inland waterways. During 1999 it is estimated that 20 to 30% of rail's container transport business will also revert to the road. In contrast, road, inland waterways and deep sea container transport are innovative, competitive and customer-responsive.


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