Title: The impact of cargo monitoring systems usage on intermodal transport risk and costs

Authors: Augustyn Lorenc; Małgorzata Kuźnar

Addresses: Cracow University of Technology, Logistics Systems Division, Cracow, Poland ' Cracow University of Technology, Reliability and Technical Exploitation Division, Cracow, Poland

Abstract: The research was carried out to verify the impact of using systems to monitor cargo location and parameters in the transportation chain. Three variants of cases were examined - a reference variant (without cargo monitoring systems), variant I (positioning systems), and variant II (monitoring cargo location and parameters). It was possible to assess the benefits of application of the monitoring systems of loading units in road transport. The transport chain was divided into separate processes. For each of them, the possible risk appearance was specified with percentage probability. On this basis, the simulation of transport cases was performed using Excel software. For the simulation results analysis, the statistical software 'MiniTab 17' and 'Statgraphic Centurion XVI' was used. Risk identification on each link of the supply chain allows taking actions in order to reduce costs, which is essential to the effective functioning of the company and increasing the level of customer service.

Keywords: intermodal transport; containers; positioning systems; localisation monitoring; cargo parameters monitoring; analysis of risk costs; risk identification; risk appearance in transport chain; intermodal transport risk costs; cargo location monitoring.

DOI: 10.1504/WRITR.2017.088910

World Review of Intermodal Transportation Research, 2017 Vol.6 No.4, pp.336 - 351

Received: 07 Sep 2016
Accepted: 17 Apr 2017

Published online: 02 Jan 2018 *

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