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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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  • Jula, Payman & Leachman, Robert C., 2011. "A supply-chain optimization model of the allocation of containerized imports from Asia to the United States," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 47(5), pages 609-622, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:transe:v:47:y:2011:i:5:p:609-622
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    1. Fan, Lei & Wilson, William W. & Dahl, Bruce, 2015. "Risk analysis in port competition for containerized imports," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 245(3), pages 743-753.
    2. Fedele Iannone, 2013. "Modelling the extended gateway concept in port hinterland container logistics," Chapters,in: Smart Transport Networks, chapter 8, pages 150-179 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    3. Fedele Iannone, 2011. "The extended gateway concept in port hinterland container logistics. A theoretical network programming formulation," Working Papers 11_16, SIET Società Italiana di Economia dei Trasporti e della Logistica, revised 2011.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.
    6. 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.
    7. 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.
    8. 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.

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