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A Methodology for Location of Logistics Platforms Using Geographic Information Systems

Beatriz B. Costa , Carlos D. Nassi , and Glaydston M. Ribeiro
Federal University of Espírito Santo, Brazil
Abstract—Currently the supply chain management is important to the companies, mainly due to technology advances which have allowed decentralizing several logistics operations. So, we have seen a growing of the third-party logistics providers in the supply chains to perform several operations. These new partners help to reduce the lead time involving the operations and distribution of goods, and keep a good level of service for the customers. Thus, transportation and logistics operations have become important activities to reach the companies’ goals. In this context, the logistics platforms arise to give quick answers, however they must be located in strategic points to reduce costs but taking into account tangible and intangibles factors. Then, this paper presents a methodology for locating logistics platforms using geographic information systems. This methodology was applied to locate Brazilian logistics integration centers devoted to solid bulk (soybeans and corn), considering a road-rail integration.

Index Terms—GIS, logistics platforms, location problem, case study

Cite: Beatriz B. Costa, Carlos D. Nassi, and Glaydston M. Ribeiro, "A Methodology for Location of Logistics Platforms Using Geographic Information Systems," Journal of Traffic and Logistics Engineering, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 104-110,  December 2013. doi: 10.12720/jtle.1.2.104-110
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