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A supply-chain optimization model of the allocation of containerized imports from Asia to the United States


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  • Jula, Payman
  • Leachman, Robert C.
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    This article proposes a mixed integer non-linear programming model for the optimizing supply chains of importers of waterborne containerized goods from Asia to the USA. This model determines the least-cost strategy for an importer, in terms of ports and landside transportation modes to be used, where costs considered include costs for transportation and handling, pipeline inventory, and safety-stock. We introduce a heuristic algorithm to quickly solve the mathematical model to near optimality. We assess the proposed heuristic compared to use of a commercial solver, and provide general recommendations for efficient supply-chain strategies as a function of the value of imported goods.

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

    Volume (Year): 47 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 5 (September)
    Pages: 609-622

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:transe:v:47:y:2011:i:5:p:609-622

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    Keywords: Supply-chain optimization Intermodal freight transport Transportation planning Containerized imports Logistics Mixed integer non-linear programming;


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    1. Leachman, Robert C. & Jula, Payman, 2011. "Congestion analysis of waterborne, containerized imports from Asia to the United States," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 47(6), pages 992-1004.
    2. Fedele Iannone, 2011. "The extended gateway concept in port hinterland container logistics. A theoretical network programming formulation," Working Papers 1116, SIET Società Italiana di Economia dei Trasporti e della Logistica, revised 2011.
    3. Iannone, Fedele, 2012. "The private and social cost efficiency of port hinterland container distribution through a regional logistics system," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, vol. 46(9), pages 1424-1448.
    4. Safaei, Mehdi, 2014. "An integrated multi-objective model for allocating the limited sources in a multiple multi-stage lean supply chain," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 37(C), pages 224-237.
    5. Leachman, Robert C. & Jula, Payman, 2012. "Estimating flow times for containerized imports from Asia to the United States through the Western rail network," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 48(1), pages 296-309.
    6. Fan, Lei & Wilson, William W. & Dahl, Bruce, 2012. "Congestion, port expansion and spatial competition for US container imports," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 48(6), pages 1121-1136.


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