The Chicago area just can’t seem to get its act together. The result will be delayed cargoes and higher costs for cargo owners. Ian Putzger of the Loadstar gives us the story.
Chicago is unlikely to lose its dominance over this, though if it goes on long enough supply chains will think about shifting. The impact on service delay measures and failure to deliver on time will be quite large. And for more money? Can Kansas City or Memphis do better? How about the East Coast seaports and the Panama Canal?
via Intermodal wrangles just making the pain worse for US shippers using rail – The Loadstar
My colleague and I and a student recently published a new paper in the American Journal of Transportation and Logistics. You can see it below. The paper is based on a presentation made at the International Association of Maritime Economists’ 2017 annual meeting in Japan.
The paper is about Ocean Trading Intermediaries (OTI’s) and their distribution across the US. The data came from the Federal Maritime Commission’s lists of registered US and foreign OTIs, which includes Ocean Freight Forwarders and Non Vessel Owning Ocean Carriers. WE discuss the history, legal framework, and current conditions facing OTIs and make special reference to the Chicago area, in which a cluster of these businesses has arisen.
We used statistical cluster analysis to show that despite the belief that ocean freight forwarding is becoming more technology driven and thus able to locate anywhere, the businesses still choose to form clusters in major ports.
via Built to Last? The Changing Role of Ocean Transportation Intermediaries: Disintermediation and Reintermediation – eSciPub Journals: Open Access Peer Reviewed Journals
You can get the pdf here. AJTL-2018-01-0201 published
How to cite this article:
Christopher Clott. Built to Last? The Changing Role of Ocean Transportation Intermediaries: Disintermediation and Reintermediation. American
Journal of Transportation and Logistics, 2018,1:5.
I recently published a new paper in the journal Games. You can see it below.
It deals with a very important logistics problem. In a cold chain, different parcels require different conditions of temperature. A multiple compartment vehicle can be sued to consolidate loads with different temperature characteristics in one vehicle. But loading the vehicle at a low cost is a hard problem, requiring heuristics to solve. And even then, how do we divide the cost of loading among the different package owners in a fair way? ‘Fair’ here means that no group of owners will choose to leave the consolidation, because they cannot do better on their own than the cost they are charged.
The paper uses an inductive algorithm on top of a common heuristic to give a method for solution. There is a small example in the paper that shows how to apply the algorithm.
via Games | Free Full-Text | Sharing Loading Costs for Multi Compartment Vehicles
You can get the pdf here. games-09-00025 (1) final version