Next Article in Journal
Voltage Impact of a Wave Energy Converter on an Unbalanced Distribution Grid and Corrective Actions
Next Article in Special Issue
Gen2 RFID-Based System Framework for Resource Circulation in Closed-Loop Supply Chains
Previous Article in Journal
A Review of the Role of Vegetal Ecosystems in CO2 Capture
Previous Article in Special Issue
Shipment Consolidation Policy under Uncertainty of Customer Order for Sustainable Supply Chain Management
Article Menu
Issue 10 (October) cover image

Export Article

Open AccessArticle
Sustainability 2017, 9(10), 1843;

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

CIRRELT, Montreal, QC H3T 1J4, Canada
ICT for City Logistics and Enterprises Center, Politecnico di Torino, 10129 Turin, Italy
DAUIN, Politecnico di Torino, 10129 Turin, Italy
London Economics, London WC2R 1LA, UK
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 22 August 2017 / Revised: 4 October 2017 / Accepted: 6 October 2017 / Published: 13 October 2017
Full-Text   |   PDF [1780 KB, uploaded 17 October 2017]   |  


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

Figure 1

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).

Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

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.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics



[Return to top]
Sustainability EISSN 2071-1050 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top