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The impact of foldable containers on container fleet management costs in hinterland transport


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  • Shintani, Koichi
  • Konings, Rob
  • Imai, Akio
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    This paper analyzes the possibility to save container fleet management costs in repositioning empty containers through the use of foldable containers. We model this entire empty container flow as an integer programming problem with different strategies in empty container flow itinerary. The model is used to carry out numerical experiments that optimize the empty container repositioning in the hinterland, where there are serious empty container repositioning problems caused by extremely imbalanced trades. The study finds that foldable containers can substantially save on repositioning costs compared to the use of standard containers.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review.

    Volume (Year): 46 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 5 (September)
    Pages: 750-763

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:transe:v:46:y:2010:i:5:p:750-763

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    Keywords: Container transportation Container fleet management Empty container Foldable container Hinterland transportation;


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    1. Moon, Ilkyeong & Do Ngoc, Anh-Dung & Konings, Rob, 2013. "Foldable and standard containers in empty container repositioning," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 49(1), pages 107-124.
    2. Qu, Xiaobo & Meng, Qiang, 2012. "The economic importance of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore: An extreme-scenario analysis," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 48(1), pages 258-265.


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