How can we optimize container supply chains, on a specific trajectory between Luik and Antwerp (and beyond); while making use of the different existing transport modes and the available terminals?
The Port of Antwerp is a gateway for import as well as export from all over the world. Goods have to be brought from the port to drop-off points, as well as vice versa. These transports take place in different ways: by inland ships, by train and by truck. However, this whole supply-chain system is not streamlined or adapted to one another. Often, companies choose for the known way, instead of looking at how this could be optimized or done differently.
Very little is known about the volumes that are into circulation, or how a complete container journey looks like.
How can we improve the flow of goods? Can we expose the weaknesses of a supply-chain and create solutions? Could we create an optimization-algorithm in time and mode, so that transport can take place in a more effective and efficient manner? Is it useful to digitize forwarding? What could we use this data for?
In this whole context, we also need to take into account other parties, such as for example the policy of regions, cities and municipalities in regards to last-mile delivery; with potential cooperations between shipping companies, freight forwarders, terminals and shipping companies.