A Stackelberg-game approach to support the design of logistic terminals

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Abstract

This paper deals with the design of logistic terminals taking Sicily, in the South of Italy, as a case study. Itfocuses on consolidation terminals for truckers and addresses the problem of optimising location patternand public share in investments. This problem is solved through a Stackelberg game between thedesigner and the collective of road carriers. So a bilevel approach combines a system-optimum problem,at the upper level, with the carrier equilibrium problem, at the lower level. The choice behaviour of thelower-level player is simulated by a random utility model. The output of the game suggests that privatecompanies and society should share the investments and the public contribution should be high; furthermore,transhipment and consolidation services should be concentrated at few terminals to exploit fullyeconomies of scale at the expense of the average travel time to reach the logistic platforms.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)---
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Transport Geography
Volume41
Publication statusPublished - 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Transportation
  • Environmental Science(all)

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