A dual-response strategy for global logistics under uncertainty: a case study of a third-party logistics company


Wu, Yue (2012) A dual-response strategy for global logistics under uncertainty: a case study of a third-party logistics company. International Transactions in Operational Research, 19, 397-419. (doi:10.1111/j.1475-3995.2011.00839.x).

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This paper examines global logistics problems experienced by a third-party logistics (3PL) company that is responsible for transporting goods from one country to another by road, as well as warehousing goods in two countries. Because of the limited fleet capacity, the logistics company has to hire additional trucks from two countries in advance. However, customer’s shipment information is uncertain, and the accurate shipment notice is only available on the shipping day. This paper proposes a dual-response logistics strategy to be as responsive as possible for coping with short shipment notice time and uncertainty involved. A two-stage stochastic mixed 0–1 programming model is formulated to satisfy customer demand while minimizing the total logistics cost. A series of experiments demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed stochastic model. Compared to the corresponding expected value model, the stochastic model provides a more responsive and less expensive global logistics system.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0969-6016 (print)
1475-3995 (electronic)
Keywords: global logistics, dual-response logistics strategy, stochastic programming, third-party logistics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Law > Southampton Management School > Management Science
ePrint ID: 336443
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2012 08:45
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 20:20
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/336443

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