The critical nature of freight mode selection criteria: An MCDA approach
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Keywords

Transportation costs
door-to-door
manufacturing

How to Cite

C. Malpas-Sands. (2021). The critical nature of freight mode selection criteria: An MCDA approach. International Journal of Supply Chain Management, 11(4.5.6). https://doi.org/10.53384/ijoscm.2051377120211196

Abstract

For decades, road transit has been the primary form of inland freight transit. Rail and waterways transit are less widely used modes of transport but are often more environmentally friendly. Despite the fact that numerous regulations encouraging intermodal transportation have been developed, they have had little effect in convincing shippers to switch from road to rail or inland waterways transit. One major explanation could be that shippers' requirements for modes of transportation are still poorly understood. As a result, this research examines freight transportation mode selection using a novel technique, multi-criteria decision analysis, as well as perspectives from various industries and specialists. After doing a review of the literature, the needs for transportation modes are abstracted into a set of criteria, which include transportation cost, door-to-door journey time, on-time reliability, flexibility, frequency, and CO2 emission reduction. Due to the fact that the importance of these aspects varies by industry, we evaluate four segments: manufacturing, agricultural, perishable food, and chemical. Data are collected via online questionnaires from practitioners, industry experts, and academics and analyzed using the 'best worst method' (BWM) to determine weights for the aforementioned criteria. The findings reveal that transportation costs are deemed most critical, followed by on-time reliability, while CO2 emission reduction is seen least significant. Numerous comparative studies are undertaken to determine whether there is any difference in the importance of these elements between industries or responder groups.

https://doi.org/10.53384/ijoscm.2051377120211196
Requires Subscription The critical nature of freight mode selection criteria: An MCDA approach
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