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Defining ‘extra distance’ as a measure to evaluate road transport performance

Sanchez Rodrigues, Vasco Augusto, Cowburn, J., Potter, Andrew Thomas, Naim, Mohamed Mohamed and Whiteing, A. 2009. Defining ‘extra distance’ as a measure to evaluate road transport performance. Presented at: Global supply chains and inter-firm networks, Istanbul, Turkey, 5 - 8 July 2009. Published in: Pawar, K. S. and Lalwani, C. S. eds. Proceedings of the 14th International Symposium on Logistics (14th ISL), Istanbul, Turkey, 5-8 July 2009. Nottingham: Centre for Concurrent Enterprise, Nottingham University Business School, pp. 680-687.

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Abstract

In logistics research, there has been a focus on measuring the absolute performance of road transport operations. However, there have not been any studies assessing the marginal impact of supply chain disturbances on the economic and environmental performance of such operations. Starting with the assumption that any unnecessary distance run creates a proportional additional cost and output of carbon dioxide, the aim of this paper is to introduce the concept of ‘extra distance’ as a means of assessing the marginal impact that deviations from the transport plan have on the economic and environmental performance of road transport. An inductive research approach has been adopted, including the empirical application of the concept within two supply chains. From this, five types of ‘extra distance’ are identified and linked back to the concept of uncertainty within transport operations. Therefore, ‘extra distance’ can be considered a novel diagnostic measure that can be used to evaluate the causes and consequences of uncertainty within distribution networks.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Systems At Cardiff (CAMSAC)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Uncontrolled Keywords: extra distance; diagnostic tool; FMCG distribution network; logistics; operations management
Publisher: Centre for Concurrent Enterprise, Nottingham University Business School
ISBN: 9780853582205
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Last Modified: 07 Mar 2019 21:33
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/23963

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