Freight consolidation through carrier collaboration – A cooperative game

Reducing inefficient truck movements, this research investigates the potential of freight consolidation through carrier collaboration. Considering the financial benefits of consolidation and the additional cost arising from collaboration, we propose a cooperative game to explore under which circumstances carriers can collaborate. We show that stable cost allocations are not always possible, affecting stability and thus … Read more

Solving a Multi-product, Multi-period, Multi-modal Freight Transportation Problem Using Integer Linear Programming

We consider a real-world multimodal freight transportation problem that arises in a food grain organization in India. This problem aims to satisfy the demand for a set of warehouses for different types of food grains from another set of warehouses with surplus quantities over multiple periods of time by rail and road, while minimizing the … Read more

Acyclic Mechanism Design for Freight Consolidation

Freight consolidation is a logistics practice that improves the cost-effectiveness and efficiency of transportation operations, and also reduces energy consumption and carbon footprint. A “fair” shipping cost sharing scheme is indispensable to help establish and sustain the cooperation of a group of suppliers in freight consolidation. In this paper, we design a truthful acyclic mechanism … Read more