Survey on characteristics and challenges of synchromodal transportation in global cold chains

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Abstract

Transportation of perishables such as fruits and vegetables with short shelf life in international, long distance and cooled condition, plays a key role in global cold chains. Compared with truck transportation, intermodal transportation largely reduces logistics cost and emissions, however, has less flexibility for disturbances. Another aspect is that truck transportation occupies the largest share in inland transportation, which causes traffic congestion and environmental pollutions. Synchromodal transportation is a known method to study the effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of transportation by using real-time information. However, limited articles can be found about the cold chain perspective, an integral analysis is missing. Our objective is to thoroughly analyze the characteristics and challenges of synchromodal transportation in global cold chains. The critical successful factors are analyzed at first. After that, we survey on planning problems in strategic, tactical and operational level, respectively. Finally, we conclude by suggesting further research directions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputational Logistics
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings 8th International Conference (ICCL 2017)
EditorsTolga Bektaş, Stefano Coniglio, Antonio Martinez-Sykora, Stefan Voß
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherSpringer
Pages420-434
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-68496-3
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-68495-6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventICCL 2017: 8th International Conference on Computational Logistics - Southampton, United Kingdom
Duration: 18 Oct 201720 Oct 2017

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
Volume10572

Conference

ConferenceICCL 2017: 8th International Conference on Computational Logistics
CountryUnited Kingdom
CitySouthampton
Period18/10/1720/10/17

Keywords

  • Global cold chains
  • Flexibility
  • Environmental impact
  • Synchromodal transportation
  • Real-time switching

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