Evaluating the Benefits of Collaborative Distribution with Supply Chain Simulation

  • M. Rabe
  • M. PoetingEmail author
  • A. Klueter


Due to increasing volumes, the distribution of goods places a heavy burden on the urban infrastructure. In theory, there are various approaches that tackle these challenges but their impact is difficult to quantify. Supply chain simulation enables the assessment of urban logistics measures and helps decision makers to implement these into real application. In this chapter, we demonstrate how infrastructure-sharing practices (i.e. Urban Consolidation Centres) are modelled using discrete event supply chain simulation. Two business cases are examined with focus on third party logistics providers (3PL) and retailers in the Athens Metropolitan Area (Greece). The business cases are evaluated based on real data from 3PLs and retailers located in and around Athens. Both cases are assessed in terms of cost-efficiency and environmental impact.


City logistics Supply chain simulation Urban consolidation centre Collaboration FMCG distribution 



This work is partially supported by European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme within the “Rethinking Urban Transportation through advanced tools and supply chain collaboration” (U-TURN) project under grant agreement No 635773. All datasets used for the experiments were provided by ELTRUN E-Business Research Centre of Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB) and OPTILOG. The authors are thankful with AUEB and OPTILOG for conducting several interviews, esp. with the EEL Working Group participants, and for sharing the data sets gathered for further research activities.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department IT in Production and LogisticsTU Dortmund UniversityDortmundGermany
  2. 2.Institute of Transport LogisticsTU Dortmund UniversityDortmundGermany

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