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Freight distribution systems with cross-docking: a multidisciplinary analysis


  • Jesus Gonzalez-Feliu

    () (LET - Laboratoire d'économie des transports - UL2 - Université Lumière - Lyon 2 - ENTPE - École Nationale des Travaux Publics de l'État - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)


Freight transport constitutes one of the main activities that influences economy and society, as it assures a vital link between suppliers and customers and it represents a major source of employment. Multi-echelon distribution is one of the most common strategies adopted by the transport companies in an aim of cost reduction. This paper presents the main concepts of multi-echelon distribution with cross-docks through a multidisciplinary analysis that includes an optimisation study (using both exact and heuristic methods), a geographic approach (based on the concept of accessibility) and a socio-economic analysis. a conceptual framework for logistics and transport pooling systems, as well as a simulation method for strategic planning optimisation.

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  • Jesus Gonzalez-Feliu, 2012. "Freight distribution systems with cross-docking: a multidisciplinary analysis," Post-Print halshs-00498496, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:halshs-00498496
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    8. Jesus Gonzalez-Feliu, 2011. "Two-echelon freight transport optimisation: unifying concepts via a systematic review," Post-Print halshs-00569980, HAL.
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    2. Jesus Gonzalez-Feliu, 2013. "Multi-stage LTL transport systems in supply chain management," Post-Print halshs-00796714, HAL.
    3. Adebambo Olayinka Somuyiwa, 2015. "Policy Framework For Business Concepts And Models Of Urban/City Logistics Of A Developing Economy," Business Logistics in Modern Management, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Faculty of Economics, Croatia, vol. 15, pages 263-281.
    4. Jesus Gonzalez-Feliu, 2011. "Costs and benefits of logistics pooling for urban freight distribution: scenario simulation and assessment for strategic decision support," Post-Print halshs-00688967, HAL.
    5. repec:hal:wpaper:halshs-00796714 is not listed on IDEAS
    6. Alain Bonnafous & Jesus Gonzalez-Feliu & Jean-Louis Routhier, 2013. "An alternative UGM Paradigm to O-D matrices: the FRETURB model," Post-Print halshs-00844652, HAL.
    7. Jesus Gonzalez-Feliu & Aurélie Mercier, 2013. "A combined people-freight accessibility approach for urban retailing and leisure planning at strategic level," Post-Print halshs-00919537, HAL.
    8. Jesus Gonzalez-Feliu & Josep-Maria Salanova Grau & Joëlle Morana & Evangelos Mitsakis, 2013. "Urban logistics pooling viability analysis via a multicriteria multiactor method," Post-Print halshs-00758238, HAL.
    9. Jesus Gonzalez-Feliu & Josep-Maria Salanova Grau, 2014. "How the location of urban consolidation and logistics facility has an impact on the delivery costs? An accessibility analysis," Post-Print halshs-01053882, HAL.
    10. Simona Mancini, 2013. "Multi-echelon distribution systems in city logistics," European Transport \ Trasporti Europei, ISTIEE, Institute for the Study of Transport within the European Economic Integration, issue 54, pages 1-2.
    11. Laila Abdelhai & Nicolas Malhéné & Jesus Gonzalez-Feliu, 2014. "Logistique Urbaine Durable : Le Cdu, Un Point De Convergence Entre Les Différents Acteurs," Post-Print halshs-01098919, HAL.

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    Freight transport systems; cross-docking; simulation; collaboration; socio-economic issues;

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