Reducing Disruption-Induced Impacts on Transportation Supply Chain Fluidity

In a competitive environment, the performance of a major trade corridor can be enhanced by a transportation supply chain whose fluidity is not severely impacted by a disruption. Potentially, a number of factors can be used to shape an efficient and resilient supply chain. However, detailed specifications of their roles remains a challenge for researchers. In this paper, we are reporting research in factors and methods that can potentially reduce disruption-induced impacts on transportation supply chain fluidity. In the following sections of the paper, a transportation supply chain and its interrelated performance metrics of fluidity and reliability are defined. Inherent resilience and vulnerabilities to the performance of the supply chain due to disruptions are introduced, followed by resilience factors that are intended to reduce impacts of disruption on performance. This leads to linkages between resilience and fluidity. For realism, we apply these concepts to the import component of marine containerized freight flow in the Asia Pacific Gateway Corridor (APGC). Specifically, the paper concentrates on the supply chain that moves intermodal containers inbound from Asia through Port Metro Vancouver and by rail to principal eastern destinations. The disruption caused by the 2012 railway labour strike is used to illustrate the application of fluidity and resilience models. Finally, in the concluding section, the importance of risk analysis is stressed and the role of inherent resilience and related factors in reducing disruption-induced impacts on supply chain fluidity is described.


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  • Media Type: Web
  • Pagination: 1 PDF file, 359 KB, 15p.
  • Monograph Title: Canadian Transportation Research Forum 50th Annual Conference - Another 50 Years: Where to From Here?//Un autre 50 ans : qu'en est-il à partir de maintenant? Montreal, Quebec, May 24-26, 2015

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  • Accession Number: 01605016
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation Association of Canada (TAC)
  • Files: ITRD, TAC
  • Created Date: Jul 26 2016 5:03PM