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Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC (Attribution-NonCommercial)Logforum. 2017. 13(3), article 3, 273-283; DOI: https://doi.org/10.17270/J.LOG.2017.3.3


Norbert Wagener

Wagener&Herbst Management Consultants GmbH, Potsdam, Germany


. Background: The development of international freight corridors, as the Trans European Network and new rail and inland shipping corridors in Asia and Africa, require efficient logistics centres along these corridors which serve as intermodal interfaces and provide a variety of different logistics service functions. The definition of the term logistics centre differs between countries and implies different functionalities. Locations are often selected randomly and business models are opportunity driven, especially in highly dynamic and less regulated new emerging economies. In particular Freight Villages as a special form of logistics centres have a high impact on regional development and serve as cargo generator for freight corridors. Consideration of general principles how to establish Freight Villages could improve the effectiveness of these logistics centres along freight corridors.

Methods: Based on a literature review a comprehensive and hierarchical definition of logistics centres will be discussed and applied. From experiences in the development of logistics centres in several countries, especially in Germany and Lithuania, challenges and concepts concerning regulatory framework, determination of location and business and financing models are discussed.

Results: Concerning the definition of logistics centres a hierarchical definition is applied which comprises different levels of logistics centres depending on the scope of the value adding and the functionality. As general principles for the development of Freight Villages the active role of the state, master planning, objective location finding, participation and co-operation of different stakeholders in the business model and a stepwise scheme for financing are introduced. Major trends for the future development of Freight Villages are the digitalization of supply chains, the application of new intermodal technologies and of innovative telematics systems, solutions for low emission and electro mobility, especially in connection with city logistics, and the collaboration of Freight Villages.

Keywords: Logistics Centres, Freight Villages, Freight Corridors, Intermodal Transport, Multimodal Transport, Güterverkehrszentrum
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MLA Wagener, Norbert. "Intermodal Logistics Centres and Freight Corridors – Concepts and Trends." Logforum 13.3 (2017): 3. DOI: https://doi.org/10.17270/J.LOG.2017.3.3
APA Norbert Wagener (2017). Intermodal Logistics Centres and Freight Corridors – Concepts and Trends. Logforum 13 (3), 3. DOI: https://doi.org/10.17270/J.LOG.2017.3.3
ISO 690 WAGENER, Norbert. Intermodal Logistics Centres and Freight Corridors – Concepts and Trends. Logforum, 2017, 13.3: 3. DOI: https://doi.org/10.17270/J.LOG.2017.3.3