Combinable containers: A container innovation to save container fleet and empty container repositioning costs

Koichi Shintani, Rob Konings, Akio Imai

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    Abstract

    Combinable containers can either be used as a standard 20 ft or in combined state as a 40 ft container by altering the dimensional to match the cargo size. This paper examines the viability of combinable containers for saving the container related costs. We present a model of a minimum cost multi-commodity network flow problem that can be used to simultaneously determine the fleet sizes of standard and combinable containers and their empty container allocation/repositioning. Based on numerical experiments, we discovered that mixed use of both types of containers can save a significant portion of container related cost.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)248-272
    Number of pages25
    JournalTransportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review
    Volume130
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2019

    Keywords

    • Combinable containers
    • Container fleet management
    • Container fleet sizing
    • Container transportation
    • Empty containers

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