Flexibility in Port Selection: A Quantitative Approach using Floating Stocks



Ports provide a number of logistical choices concerning storage, onward transport, and postponement. We investigate the flexibility for rerouting cargo en-route offered by ports with a central location with respect to the hinterland. This flexibility is investigated using an illustrative case in which a number of alternative strategies are evaluated by means of simulation. Detailed cost data was used for the illustrative case. The combination of a simulation model and detailed cost data allows us to quantify the value of the rerouting flexibility. A combination of using regional distribution centers and a European Distribution Center results in the lowest cost per container.
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Wilco van den Heuvel