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The inventory-theoretic approach to modal choice in freight transport: literature review and case study


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  • Bert Vernimmen
  • Frank Witlox
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    Cet article est consacré à l’analyse du choix modal pour le transport de fret. L’analyse est fondée sur le concept de “coûts logistiques totaux” .Ceci implique une attention particulière à tous les coûts dans la chaîne d’approvisionnement, ces derniers étant influencés par le choix du mode de transport. Après une revue de littérature concernant le choix du mode de transport en fonction des coûts logistiques totaux, une étude de cas est présentée pour illustrer le concept. Une comparaison est faite entre le transport routier et la navigation intérieure pour le transport de marchandises en vrac. La compensation entre les coûts de transport et les coûts de stockage est montrée: la navigation intérieure a des coûts de transport inférieurs à ceux du transport routier, mais ses coûts de stockage sont plus élevés. Étant donné que les marchandises sont d’une valeur relativement élevée, la navigation intérieure s’avère être plus onéreuse que le transport routier. Cependant, il est montré qu’il serait préférable d'avoir recours à la navigation intérieure lorsque l’on utilise un type de navire avec une capacité inférieure à celle des navires actuellement utilisés.

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    Article provided by ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles in its journal Brussels economic review.

    Volume (Year): 46 (2003)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 5-30

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    Handle: RePEc:bxr:bxrceb:y:2003:v:46:i:2:p:5-29

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    Keywords: transport; logistics; modal choice; inventory theory; case study; transport; logistique; choix modal; coûts de stockage; étude de cas;

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    1. Vernimmen, Bert & Dullaert, Wout & Willemé, Peter & Witlox, Frank, 2008. "Using the inventory-theoretic framework to determine cost-minimizing supply strategies in a stochastic setting," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 115(1), pages 248-259, September.
    2. Dullaert, Wout & Zamparini, Luca, 2013. "The impact of lead time reliability in freight transport: A logistics assessment of transport economics findings," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 49(1), pages 190-200.


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