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Hinterland Transportation in Container Supply Chains

  • Yann Bouchery
  • Stefano Fazi
  • Jan C. FransooEmail author
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Part of the International Series in Operations Research & Management Science book series (ISOR, volume 220)

Abstract

The increase in traded container volumes worldwide puts pressure on the hinterland road network, leading congestion and emission problems. This leads to a requirement to develop intermodal transportation systems. In this chapter, we analyze the most important features of such container transportation systems for the hinterland supply chain. At the network design level, we review the current state of the art and we identify avenues for future research. Among others, we highlight that the coordination of container shipments across the container supply chain is a particularly relevant issue as hinterland networks involve several actors. At the operational level, we characterize the most important factors influencing the trade-off between intermodal transportation and truck-only deliveries. In addition, we provide a case study of coordination at an intermodal barge terminal in the Netherlands. We highlight that the exchange of information is the key enabler for efficient hinterland intermodal transportation and we show that a better information system can be of crucial importance.

Keywords

Supply Chain Empty Container Terminal Operator Export Container Intermodal Transportation 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Notes

Acknowledgements

The research was partly financed by Dinalog, the Dutch Institute for Advanced Logistics.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Industrial EngineeringTechnische Universiteit EindhovenEindhovenThe Netherlands

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