Managing variability in ocean shipping

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dc.contributor.author Harrison, Alan -
dc.contributor.author Fichtinger, Johannes -
dc.date.accessioned 2014-05-02T04:00:29Z
dc.date.available 2014-05-02T04:00:29Z
dc.date.issued 2013-07-31T00:00:00Z -
dc.identifier.citation Alan Harrison, Johannes Fichtinger, Managing variability in ocean shipping, The International Journal of Logistics Management, Volume 24, Issue 1,2013, Pages 7-21
dc.identifier.issn 0957-4093 -
dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/IJLM-05-2013-0052 -
dc.identifier.uri http://dspace.lib.cranfield.ac.uk/handle/1826/8421
dc.description.abstract Purpose – The paper aims to explore the relationship between time-related variables in global ocean transportation networks (GOTNs) and the shipper's inventory management performance. The authors modelled fill rates with daily and weekly sailings, and analysed the impact of variability on these on the shipper's inventory management system.Design/methodology/approach – The authors conducted simulation modelling of the above variables, and supplemented these by means of interviews with executives in a number of liner operators, 3PLs, freight forwarders and a large automotive shipper.Findings – Improvements in variability have different impacts, depending on the source of the variability and the frequency of the shipments. The highest inventory reduction potential arises from a combination of high reliability and improved frequency.Practical implications – The paper demonstrates the potential advantages of reduced variability and improved frequency of sailings. Port-to port (P2P) has been positioned in the context of door-to-door (D2D) supply chain movements.Originality/value – The paper develops clear quantitative analyses of time-based factors in operating GOTNs. en_UK
dc.language.iso en_UK -
dc.publisher Mcb en_UK
dc.title Managing variability in ocean shipping en_UK
dc.type Article -


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