Integration of Combined Transport into Supply Chain Concepts

Simulation-based Potential Analysis and Practical Guidance

  • Julia Bendul

Part of the Supply Chain Management book series (SCM)

About this book


Recent supply chain concepts are characterized by attempts to reduce inventory and to simultaneously increase flexibility and reliability. The analysis of recent SC concepts shows that transport actors are often not integrated members of these SC concepts. Julia Bendul exploits this imperfection for the integration of combined road and rail transport into supply chain concepts – even for distances below 100 km. Supported by a simulation study the author shows that the tight integration of material and information flows opens up time buffers and increases coordination flexibility, which is necessary for combined transport integration. Therefore, she provides processes, methods and instruments for 1) planning and control, 2) network and organizational structure, 3) process design, 4) information & communication technology as well as 5) material flow structure, which support the combined transport integration into supply chain concepts.



  • Internal and external challenges of combined transport integration
  • Adjustment of procurement, production and distribution concept elements to combined transport - cause-and-effect relationships
  • Situation-specific choice of technical and organizational measures

·         Impact of supply chain concept adaptations on classical and innovative supply chain management objectives


Target Groups

·         Researchers and students of business administration and industrial engineering

·         Practitioners from industry, trade and logistics service


The author

Julia Bendul was a research assistant at the Chair of Logistics Management at the University of St.Gallen. Before joining the Jacobs University Bremen as Assistant Professor of Network Optimization in Production and Logistics in 2013 she was working as a Business Consultant at an automobile manufacturer.


Authors and affiliations

  • Julia Bendul
    • 1
  1. 1.Jacobs UniversityBremenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer Gabler, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-8349-3957-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-8349-3958-6
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