Show simple item record

dc.contributor.advisor Golden, Jay
dc.contributor.author Kitazume, Koji
dc.date.accessioned 2012-12-07T20:58:11Z
dc.date.available 2012-12-07T20:58:11Z
dc.date.issued 2012-12-07
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10161/6027
dc.description.abstract Nowadays, many logistics managers confront tradeoffs among keeping costs low, delivering goods on time and reducing carbon footprint. In shipping finished goods from a manufacturing plant in Asia to a distribution center in the eastern United States, how should a logistics manager define and choose his preferred route and modes of transportation, taking into account the potentially conflicting priorities? This study explored a case of REI, an outdoor apparel brand/retailer, facing such a decision-making question regarding its inbound logistics from the Port of Shanghai to its distribution center in Bedford, Pennsylvania and approached it as a multiple objective problem. 15 possible intermodal freight transportation routes with different attributes in terms of shipping costs, transit time and greenhouse gas emissions were identified and associated data were collected. The preferred route was derived by employing a simple additive model of preferences, using a pricing out method to assess tradeoff weights and computing the overall utility of each alternative. This framework quantified and visualized how the logistics manager’s choice is affected by his preferences and the tradeoffs he is willing to make, thereby demonstrating its potential as a practical aid for decision-making at the intersection of business and the environment. Accuracy of the model used in this study could be improved by addressing uncertain data and omitted scope. Furthermore, a versatile platform loaded and maintained with accurate and consistent data on shipping costs, transit time and GHG emissions, covering multipoint-to-multipoint intermodal freight transportation routes, could benefit shippers widely by enabling informed decision-making to enhance their business and environmental performance. en_US
dc.subject Intermodal Transportation en_US
dc.subject Inbound Logistics en_US
dc.subject Carbon Footprint en_US
dc.subject Decision-Making en_US
dc.subject Multiple Objective en_US
dc.subject Tradeoff en_US
dc.title Case Study: Multiple Objective Analysis of Intermodal Freight Transportation Routes for REI’s Inbound Logistics en_US
dc.type Masters' project
dc.department Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences

Files in this item

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record