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Publication date: 1 July 1998

Diane M. Phillips and Jason Keith Phillips

Introduces social network analysis techniques to business logistics and transportation. The case study has two specific goals. First, it introduces social network analysis…

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Introduces social network analysis techniques to business logistics and transportation. The case study has two specific goals. First, it introduces social network analysis techniques to the business logistics and transportation community as a useful tool with which to study the dynamic flows of communication between members of a social network. Second, it describes a wide variety of techniques and then utilizes them to examine artifacts of scholarly communication ‐ journal citations. In doing so, it tracks the changing communication patterns across two separate time periods to describe the evolution and maturation of the fields of business logistics and transportation. Concludes that over a period of ten years the flow of information between the journals in the area of business logistics and transportation has become more efficient and that journals directly communicate with one another. Also, there is no longer a distinct break between logistics and transportation.

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International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, vol. 28 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0960-0035

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Publication date: 1 January 2005

Hai Yang and Hai-Jun Huang

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Mathematical and Economic Theory of Road Pricing
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ISBN: 978-0-08-045671-3

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Handbook of Transport Geography and Spatial Systems
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ISBN: 978-1-615-83253-8

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Publication date: 1 January 2014

Eric J. Miller

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Handbook of Microsimulation Modelling
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ISBN: 978-1-78350-570-8

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Publication date: 4 March 2014

Paul Buijs and J.C. (“Hans”) Wortmann

This paper addresses horizontal supply chain collaboration among autonomous freight carriers in the less-than-truckload industry. The main purpose of the paper is to…

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Purpose

This paper addresses horizontal supply chain collaboration among autonomous freight carriers in the less-than-truckload industry. The main purpose of the paper is to identify and explain the challenges with joint operational decision-making in this context and investigate the precise role of information technology (IT) therein.

Design/methodology/approach

Empirical evidence is gathered by means of exploratory and explanatory case research, with multiple cases at the planning departments of European freight carriers operating in collaborative transportation networks.

Findings

Collaborating carriers face fundamental challenges in joint operational planning and control of collaborative transportation, despite the broad availability of state-of-the-art IT. These operational supply chain challenges can be explained by technological differences of the available IT applications, which hinder integration.

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Any expectations with regard to state-of-the-art XML or EDI-based IT integration for improved joint operational decision-making in collaborative transportation networks should be considered with care. In particular, the authors' research findings may encourage practitioners to consider new planning and control procedures and develop dedicated IT applications for collaborating freight carriers.

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The paper highlights the importance of horizontal supply chain collaboration for small and medium-sized freight carriers in the less-than-truckload industry and conceptualises how collaborative transportation networks are organised. Furthermore, an IT typology is introduced to explain the challenges with joint operational decision-making.

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Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, vol. 19 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1359-8546

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Publication date: 1 January 1989

Teodor Gabriel Crainic and Pierre J. Dejax

Interactive‐graphic systems and operations research methodologiesare increasingly being combined to produce efficient, versatile andpowerful tools that enhance the…

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Interactive‐graphic systems and operations research methodologies are increasingly being combined to produce efficient, versatile and powerful tools that enhance the decision‐making process. The possible contribution of such tools to the planning of distribution systems for industrial firms and freight carrier service networks and operations is examined and compared. The similarities and differences between the two systems are derived and an examination is undertaken to determine whether a unique planning system may adequately respond to the requirements of the two problems.

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International Journal of Physical Distribution & Materials Management, vol. 19 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0269-8218

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Publication date: 1 August 1981

Robert C. Bushnell, James T. Low and James B. Wiley

For many years it has been recognised that physical distribution is a promising area for the application of system modelling techniques. Freight transportation systems…

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For many years it has been recognised that physical distribution is a promising area for the application of system modelling techniques. Freight transportation systems offer a rare combination of tractability and realistic opportunity for improvement. Large‐scale freight network models, for example, can be useful to state and national transportation system planners. Among other uses, the models permit examination of the impact of proposed changes on modal competition and on the flow of traffic over certain routes. Carriers may also find network models useful for their more limited planning purposes, such as determining the consequences of changes in a physical system. For example, facilities or links can be added, deleted, or modified in order to analyse the effects on tonnage and mode of shipment for the affected commodities. Specific routes can be added or eliminated in order to determine the worth of using those routes. Finally, firms can change the commodity tonnage between specific origins and destinations in order to assess future transportation needs.

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International Journal of Physical Distribution & Materials Management, vol. 11 no. 8
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0269-8218

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Handbook of Transport Geography and Spatial Systems
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ISBN: 978-1-615-83253-8

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Publication date: 5 April 2021

Sachin Tripathi, Manoj Hudnurkar and Suhas Suresh Ambekar

The purpose of this research paper is to understand the major factors considered before choosing the mode of transportation for the freight movement in India by different…

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Purpose

The purpose of this research paper is to understand the major factors considered before choosing the mode of transportation for the freight movement in India by different stakeholders and look into the future prospects on each of these sectors, i.e. railways, roadways and inland waterways.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper collected the primary data from the various stakeholders in the transportation sector and the secondary data through websites and various ministries of each of the sectors. The various factors are then determined by thoroughly analysing the responses by performing factor analysis in SPSS.

Findings

Earlier railways were the preferred medium of transportation, but the dynamics shifted during the 90’s to roadways, and now, it is responsible for nearly 60% of the freight traffic with waterways slowing increasing its share of the pie. Also, there are a lot of factors which stakeholders consider, but the major factors that came out are cost, sustainability, timing, government initiatives, visibility and performance.

Practical implications

The result of this study implies that sectors should create a robust network for easy reach of the customers and try working in conjunction to create an efficient, affordable and highly connected network. This study will also help in taking vital decisions regarding the future planning of transportation sector.

Originality/value

The findings help in improving the transportation network and help in better decision-making by various stakeholders while choosing the mode of transportation.

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International Journal of Innovation Science, vol. 13 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1757-2223

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Handbook of Transport Modelling
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ISBN: 978-0-08-045376-7

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