Investigating synchromodality from a supply chain perspective

Chuanwen Dong*, Robert Boute, Alan McKinnon, Marc Verelst

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Abstract

Greater use of multimodal transportation can substantially improve the environmental performance of freight transportation. Despite strenuous efforts by public policy-makers to alter the freight modal split, most companies still rely heavily on road transportation, and modal shifts to rail and water have remained modest at best. In this paper we argue that this is partly the result of a failure to take a holistic supply chain view of the modal shift process. Synchromodality provides a framework within which shippers can manage their supply chains more flexibly to increase the potential for shifting mode. On the basis of a literature review, we broaden the conventional focus of multimodal transportation to give it a supply chain dimension, and propose the concept of ‘Synchromodality from a Supply Chain Perspective’ (SSCP). Using a case study we show that when the supply chain impacts are taken into account, it is possible to significantly increase the share of intermodal rail transportation within a corridor, without necessarily increasing total logistics cost or reducing the service level. In this way the environmental impact of freight activities can be significantly reduced.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)42-57
Number of pages16
JournalTransportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment
Volume61
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2018

Keywords

  • Application
  • Modal split
  • Review
  • Stochastic model
  • Supply chain
  • Synchromodality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Transportation
  • Environmental Science(all)

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