Synchromodality in the physical internet: Dual sourcing and real-time switching between transport modes
Publication typeJournal article with impact factor
JournalEuropean Transport Research Review
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AbstractSynchromodality, also referred to as "synchronized intermodality", employs multiple transport modes in a flexible, dynamic way in order to induce a modal shift towards more environmentally friendly transport modes like rail or inland waterways, without compromising on responsiveness and quality of service. It is characterized by the synchronized parallel usage of different transport modes and/or the ability to switch freely between transport modes at particular times while a consignment is in transit. We present a decision rule that can integrate both the parallel usage, as well as real-time switching of transport modes, either in combination or separately. It takes into account real-time stock levels and service requirements of the shipper. The policy first determines at the source which volumes will be shipped using each modes at an intermediate terminal. Using a simulation study we demonstrate how our synchromodal transport policy can induce a modal shift towards low carbon transport modes.
KeywordSynchromodality, Dual Sourcing, Transport Mode Choice, Low Carbon Logistics, Physical Internet, Inventory Control, Simulation
Knowledge Domain/IndustryOperations & Supply Chain Management