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Sustainability 2017, 9(10), 1843; doi:10.3390/su9101843

Synchro-Modality and Slow Steaming: New Business Perspectives in Freight Transportation

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CIRRELT, Montreal, QC H3T 1J4, Canada
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ICT for City Logistics and Enterprises Center, Politecnico di Torino, 10129 Turin, Italy
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DAUIN, Politecnico di Torino, 10129 Turin, Italy
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London Economics, London WC2R 1LA, UK
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Received: 22 August 2017 / Revised: 4 October 2017 / Accepted: 6 October 2017 / Published: 13 October 2017
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Abstract

The logistics sector faces substantial challenges in meeting customer demands for higher service quality, speed and flexibility under conditions of continued growth in world trade and worldwide transportation movements, increasing distances and vulnerabilities of the supply chain. Additional challenges relate to the economic and environmental sustainability of logistics operations. While a lot of attention was devoted in the past decades to the operational and technical aspects, the business development phase has been put aside, causing the market failure of several projects. The paper presents the SYNCHRO-modal supply chain eco-NET (SYNCHRO-NET) project, which will demonstrate the effectiveness of slow steaming combined with synchro-modality in reducing the cost and the emissions of international supply chains and improving reliability and sustainability through the optimization of the planning process. Differently from other similar projects, SYNCHRO-NET combines operational aspects with a business perspective and represents a stakeholder-driven approach aimed at developing a close-to-market solution over the timeframe of the project. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable supply chain; business models; GUEST method sustainable supply chain; business models; GUEST method
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Perboli, G.; Musso, S.; Rosano, M.; Tadei, R.; Godel, M. Synchro-Modality and Slow Steaming: New Business Perspectives in Freight Transportation. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1843.

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