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Title:Integrating Supply Chain Models in Urban Freight Planning
Authors:Subhro Mitra, EunSu Lee, Christopher DeHaan, Poyraz Kayabas, and Maher Itani
University:North Dakota State University
Publication Date:Dec 2013
Report #:MPC-13-259
Project #:MPC-330
TRID #:01516635
Keywords:case studies, commodity flow, decision making, freight transportation, logistics, supply chain management, transportation planning, urban areas, urban goods movement



Urban freight planning is more complex than urban passenger transport in many respects. The complexity of the planning process arises from the fact that (i) movement of freight in an urban area is part of a logistics chain for diverse goods moved from points of production via warehouses and distribution centers to final destination, which might be another industry or end user; (ii) commodities categorized as urban freight are very broad and can be subdivided into diverse groups; and (iii) each group of these commodities has its own set of supply chain models. This study aims to present a holistic view on the importance of incorporating a logistics aspect into the freight model process. The flow of categories of commodities is incorporated in the urban freight planning process to improve the decision making process of the individual firm or firm group to determine shipment size, consolidation and distribution center, and mode of transport. An agricultural freight analysis case study is given to illustrate the potential of the method for integrating supply chain models in freight planning.

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Mitra, Subhro, EunSu Lee, Christopher DeHaan, Poyraz Kayabas, and Maher Itani. Integrating Supply Chain Models in Urban Freight Planning, MPC-13-259. North Dakota State University - Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, Fargo: Mountain-Plains Consortium, 2013.

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