Optimizing Multimodal Shipping with a One-Stop Solution

Q. What does multimodal shipping look like in 2022?

A. Historically, companies have relied on third-party freight brokers to handle complex shipments that include multiple modes, geographies, and freight characteristics. Planning and executing these shipments requires careful planning and coordination with various transportation providers for efficient freight hand-off.

Industry experts agree that multimodal transport can increase efficiency while reducing costs. Recent supply chain disruptions put additional pressure on efficiency and optimization. As a result, shippers need to rethink their approach to multimodal shipping.

The multimodal shipping approach can be as complex as sending a container from Austin to Chengdu, using diverse transportation modes, and typically involving multiple carriers. By streamlining this process, multimodal ensures that cargo easily flows from its origin to destination—no matter how complicated the routing, number of modes, and number of carriers involved. It’s one thing to understand the challenge, and it’s another to solve it in a single transportation management system (TMS).

Q. How does Fortigo simplify multimodal shipping across geographies and cargo types?

A. Fortigo’s one system, any shipment TMS, allows users to build a multimodal shipment with at least three legs in less than a minute. Whether the freight is traveling over land, air, sea, or a combination, Fortigo’s global reach allows users to operate in any geography.

Whether you ship an envelope or an aircraft engine, the system works in harmony with your carrier network to optimize its routing. Fortigo users quickly, easily, and confidently arrange and expedite shipments using their entire carrier network, unlocking new and more efficient shipping opportunities with access to all modes of transport for any given shipment.

Fortigo’s recent marketplace integrations also empower users to identify real-time dynamic rates from more than 70,000 carriers. Building a complex multimodal shipment is easy and offers maximum flexibility with direct visibility of the marketplace alongside contract rates with a user’s established network.

Additionally, Fortigo’s one-stop solution provides on-demand visibility into scheduled multimodal shipments. The TMS makes it easy to see everything in one place, including all segment statuses and related documentation.

Status notifications are updated automatically, giving the user complete control and visibility into their multimodal shipments. On the back end, Fortigo’s TMS leverages proprietary algorithms to optimize transactions and ensures all shipments flow seamlessly between carriers.


Fortigo has more than 20 years of experience solving challenging and complex logistics problems. Our system has always serviced multinational companies with unique logistics operating environments.

Contact us at info@fortigo.com to learn more about how we can optimize your logistics needs with a single SaaS TMS.

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