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Global Ocean Transportation Reliability Initiative

 

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The design, procurement, and management of a global ocean transportation (GOT) network is a challenging task.  By definition, the network spans multiple continents, involves a variety of business units, and can impact and influence operations from procurement to final assembly.  Additionally, the ocean carrier industry has particular pressures in terms of market structure, levels of competitiveness, and transparency (or lack thereof) of pricing and service levels.  While the ocean carrier market appears to be global on the surface, in reality most of its activities are directed at supporting specific trade lanes.  Rather than a single global market with many players, it is better seen as many individual markets with a few players within each market (trade lane).  This initiative examined the root causes of transportation variability as well as its impact on shippers and their inventory policies.

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Dr. Chris Caplice

Dr. Chris Caplice

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Dr. Bruce Arntzen

Dr. Bruce Arntzen

Project Researcher

Dr. Lita Das

Dr. Lita Das

Research Assistant

Dr. Basak Kalkanci

Dr. Basak Kalkanci

Project Researcher

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Interested in collaborating with us?

Send us a note to caplice@mit.edu