Topic Area B:
Freight Transport and Logistics

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TAM: Michael Browne*
Co-TAM: Johan Woxenius*

Includes freight carried by all modes of transport with a strong focus on the way in which freight modes are integrated – in particular the importance of intermodal transport and the relationship between freight transport and logistics management. Themes concerned with spatial aspects at many different levels are also included from global freight and logistics networks to the challenges of urban freight and city logistics. The contribution of freight modelling to decision-making and policy development, the application of ITS and the growing importance of humanitarian logistics are also part of the topic area. Environmental issues and the theme of sustainability are now of major relevance to many fields of freight transport and logistics. Papers concerned with sustainability and environmental issues will be allocated to session tracks in line with the main focus of the paper.

Session Tracks:

  1. B1: Logistics and Supply Chain Management (Seraphim Kapros and Gunnar Stefansson)*
    The focus is on research demonstrating the connection between logistics and supply chain strategies and developments in freight transport. Many logistics innovations have significant impacts on transport (for example the rise of just-in-time supply and the importance of increasingly agile supply chains). The development of global supply chain networks, changes in off-shoring arrangements, the significance of developments in manufacturing techniques such as 3D printing all have implications for freight transport. Research may address issues at local, national, regional or global levels and may focus on specific sectors (e.g. retail or manufacturing).

    B2: Freight Transport Operations and Performance (Jacek Zak)*
    The session track addresses a wide range of issues concerning freight transport operations and performance across different modes, including the use of ITS in freight transport operations. Management issues will be addressed at various levels including fleet management and the social aspects concerning freight transport operations. Case studies and comparisons of company initiatives and the growing importance of intelligent applications within freight transport operations will be considered (including vehicle-to-vehicle information exchange and the scope for truck guidance and control systems). National and regional research comparing developments between countries and/or regions will be covered.

    B3: Intermodal Freight Transport (Johan Woxenius)*
    Topics addressed include port hinterland issues, performance of the inland transport movement and managing information flows. Governance issues relating to intermodal transport (including such issues as green corridors) together with the development of strategic networks are also included as are case studies with a national or regional dimension that reflect differences in intermodal markets around the world. Decision-making and methodological issues are also covered - for example the evaluation of intermodal services and projects (including the link to emissions reductions).

    B4: Urban Goods Movement (Michael Browne and Toshinori Nemoto)*
    This session track will consider all aspects of urban goods movement and logistics developments within cities. This includes the framework for policy development, governance and public private partnerships. Land use planning and urban freight trip generation are also included as are topics such as new vehicle types to reduce emissions. Case studies of particular cities or regions and examples of best practice are also welcome.

    B5: Freight Transport Modelling (Lori Tavasszy)*
    The Session Track includes the latest advances in mathematical models in the area of freight transportation for use in transport policy making. This includes descriptive freight and logistics models as well as optimization-oriented models that support infrastructure network design, network management, pricing and regulation.

    B6: Humanitarian Logistics in Disasters (Eiichi Taniguchi)*
    Topics in this session track will include the prediction and planning for relief supply in the case of disasters, questions of vehicle routing and location decisions, and the importance of intermodal and multimodal transport. The behaviour analyses of stakeholders who are involved in humanitarian logistics (shippers, freight carriers, administrators, displaced people) will be an important theme together with the questions of decision support systems for distributing relief supplies with uncertainty of demands. Organisational issues and inter-national collaboration will also be discussed.

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