Inland terminal location selection using the multi-stakeholder best-worst method

Fuqi Liang, Kyle Verhoeven, Matteo Brunelli, Jafar Rezaei

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The aim of this study is to develop an inland terminal location selection methodology. This methodology is viewed from the perspective of the shipping line designing the inland transport chain while also taking the objectives of multiple other stakeholders into account. To that end, we develop a consensus model for a group Best-Worst Method (BWM) in order to aggregate the evaluations of the various stakeholders. The proposed method is applied to a real-life case study involving the Maersk shipping line, in which nine experts representing three different types of stakeholders assess six possible locations. After the evaluation, the market volume potential is identified as one of the most important criteria. Furthermore, a sensitivity analysis indicates that a varying influx of the container volume has no impact on the most desirable location.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Logistics Research and Applications
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • best-worst method
  • consensus
  • Inland terminal location selection
  • shipping line


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