Two-echelon freight transport optimisation: unifying concepts via a systematic review
AbstractMulti-echelon distribution schemes are one of the most common strategies adopted by the transport companies in an aim of cost reduction, but their identification in scientific literature is not always easy due to a lack of unification. This paper presents the main concepts of two-echelon distribution via a systematic review, in the specific a meta-narrative analysis, in order to identify and unify the main concepts, issues and methods that can be helpful for scientists and transport practitioners. The problem of system cost optimisation in two-echelon freight transport systems is defined. Moreover, the main variants are synthetically presented and discussed. Finally, future research directions are proposed.
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Date of creation: 25 Feb 2011
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Publication status: Published, Working papers on operations management, 2011, 2, 1, 18-30
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location-routing problems; multi-echelon distribution; cross-docking; combinatorial optimisation; systematic review.;
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