Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/12925
Title: Challenges in Managing Empty Container Movements at Multiple Planning Levels
Authors: BRAEKERS, Kris 
JANSSENS, Gerrit 
CARIS, An 
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group)
Source: Transport reviews, 31(6), p. 681-708
Abstract: Empty container management deals with repositioning empty containers at minimum costs while fulfilling empty container demands. Due to imbalances in trade, some areas have a surplus of empty containers, while others have a shortage. Therefore, empty containers need to be repositioned globally to make sure that sufficient empty containers are available everywhere. Besides, empty containers need to be repositioned regionally between shippers, consignees, inland depots, terminals and ports in order to fulfil demand. In this paper, the focus is on the empty container management problem at a regional level. The problem is described in detail and opportunities for reducing empty container movements are discussed. Decisions to be taken at each planning level (strategic, tactical and operational) are described, and for each planning level, a detailed overview of planning models proposed in the literature is presented. Planning models considering decisions at several planning levels are discussed as well. Finally, interesting opportunities for future research are identified.
Keywords: empty container management, review;INTERMODAL FREIGHT TRANSPORT; CAPACITATED LOCATION PROBLEM; SERVICE NETWORK DESIGN; BALANCING REQUIREMENTS; MULTICOMMODITY LOCATION; ALLOCATION PROBLEM; REPOSITIONING POLICY; VEHICLE ALLOCATION; BOUND ALGORITHM; SHUTTLE SERVICE
Document URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/12925
ISSN: 0144-1647
e-ISSN: 1464-5327
DOI: 10.1080/01441647.2011.584979
ISI #: 000299922300001
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validations: ecoom 2014
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