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Integration of inland waterway transport in the intermodal supply chain: a taxonomy of research challenges

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  • Caris, An
  • Limbourg, Sabine
  • Macharis, Cathy
  • van Lier, Tom
  • Cools, Mario

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This paper identifies research opportunities which will enable the further integration of inland waterway transport in the intermodal supply chain. Intermodal transport may be interpreted as a chain of actors who supply a transport service. Inland navigation can play a crucial role in increasing supply chain service performance. A first group of research challenges lies in the evolving relationship between transport geography and logistics activities. The next set of research challenges has the objective to encourage efficient operations in IWT: development of a system wide model for IWT, integration of operational planning systems and analysis of bundling networks. A third group of research efforts is directed towards shippers and consignees who use the intermodal transport chain to send or receive their goods: further development of models that integrate intermodal transport decisions with supply chain decisions and creation of green supply chains. A fourth cluster of research challenges concerns the problem domain of external cost calculations. Finally detailed time series data on freight transport should be collected to support these future research tracks.

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  • Caris, An & Limbourg, Sabine & Macharis, Cathy & van Lier, Tom & Cools, Mario, 2014. "Integration of inland waterway transport in the intermodal supply chain: a taxonomy of research challenges," Journal of Transport Geography, Elsevier, vol. 41(C), pages 126-136.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jotrge:v:41:y:2014:i:c:p:126-136
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2014.08.022
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