Distribution and Transportation Network Design

  • Dmitry Ivanov
  • Alexander Tsipoulanidis
  • Jörn Schönberger
Part of the Springer Texts in Business and Economics book series (STBE)


This chapter addresses basic strategies for the configuration of physical distribution and transportation networks so that given supplying locations are physically connected with demanding locations. At the beginning, it introduces a case study to discuss the challenges related to the installation of transportation links. The next section suggests generic types of transportation network set-ups as a starting point for the setup of more sophisticated network layouts. Subsequently, the concept of shipment consolidation as the key approach to the realization of economies of scale in transportation is considered. Additionally, different transport network configuration objectives and their balancing are analysed, so that efficient and profitable network layouts can be set up. The incorporation of transport service providers (freight carriers) is discussed. Finally different case studies regarding the distribution network design are presented and the concepts, models and principles are discussed with the backup of numerous examples such as distribution and transportation strategies at global retailers. The chapter is accompanied by an E-Supplement providing additional case studies, Excel templates, tasks and video streams.


Transportation Cost Transportation Network Transportation Problem Container Ship Supply Node 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dmitry Ivanov
    • 1
  • Alexander Tsipoulanidis
    • 1
  • Jörn Schönberger
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Business AdministrationBerlin School of Economics and LawBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Faculty of Transportation and Traffic Science “Friedrich List”Technical University of DresdenDresdenGermany

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