Optimization of Multimodal Transportation Chains in the Kaleidoscope of Information Technology

A transportation chain includes technical, technological, and organizational operations, synchronized in time and space (e.g., packaging, loading, discharging, transshipment, warehousing, and delivery of goods). This article reports on the relevant features of multimodal transportation chains, their advantages and disadvantages, as well as the problems of synchronization of the work of all the participants in multimodal transport. The author focuses on the container transportation chain, noting the crucial role of computerization that integrates object technology and econometric engineering. The author proposes and supports the hypothesis that the electronic spreadsheet program, Excel, enables the effective optimization of multimodal transportation chains. The author presents an illustrative case study of a multi-index transport problem that can be solved with the spreadsheet approach, demonstrating how the shipping costs for each modality can be determined ahead of time and the most favorable option chosen.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 133-138
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01003070
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 17 2005 9:30PM