Development of an inter-modal transshipment for reducing delivery time

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Development of an inter-modal transshipment for reducing delivery time


Author: Lo, Wai-wah Frankie
Title: Development of an inter-modal transshipment for reducing delivery time
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 2005
Subject: Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Business logistics -- China -- Hong Kong
Shipment of goods -- China -- Hong Kong
Delivery of goods -- China -- Hong Kong
Department: Dept. of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Pages: vi, 96, 7-14 leaves : col. ill., col. maps ; 30 cm
Language: English
Abstract: Inter-modal transportation leads to transportation services having a reasonable trade-off between cost and transit time by enabling shippers to select carrier combination that offers the most efficient, least expensive service. While many factors influence the development of inter-modalism, the most important factors have been the effects of governments' public policy and recent developments in information technology. Practically, a substantial amount of airfreight is essentially inter-modal and involves transshipment across countries. As different from the past micro-management viewpoint, the Inter-modal Transshipment Model tries to propose a structure for decision making and strategy formulation from the perspective of logistics services providers. An effective model must take into account the two critical success factors: degree of Customs facilitation and extent of technology application. The most ideal strategy balances both of the driving forces. The proposed web-based network boosts the confidence of Customs over security concerns and tracing ability, thus leading to reduction of redundant processes. Also, the need for one-stop process actually drives for the demand for a highly interconnected network among different intelligent partners. The concept of a Fully Integrated Model hinges on balancing the need of service differentiation and the control over operations costs. The concept is expected to be transferable to other kinds of inter-modal transport and more general logistical systems.

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