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Dynamic consolidation decisions in a synchromodal environment : Improving the synchromodal control tower

Vinke, P.J. (2016) Dynamic consolidation decisions in a synchromodal environment : Improving the synchromodal control tower.

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Abstract:Optimisation of freight logistics is a long standing topic that is currently still addressed. New planning methodologies are constantly being developed to make freight logistics more efficient. A recent trend in logistics is the shift from intermodal transport planning to synchromodal transport planning. Seacon logistics is adapting to this method of transport planning as well. Seacon wants to gain insight in how to effectively use this transport planning method in a network where supply and demand of orders is not equally distributed. Further Seacon wants to consolidate container transport orders on long-haul freight transport as much as possible, whilst dealing with the imbalance in supply and demand. To this end a heuristic is suggested which is capable of planning orders on a one-by-one basis. The plan that results from this planning procedure is optimised through a simulated annealing process. Finally, a decision rule determines the amount of empty containers to be transported with the aim to even out the supply and demand.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:31 mathematics, 85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Industrial Engineering and Management MSc (60029)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/69109
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