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Evaluation of the potential locations for logistics hubs: A case srudy for a logistics company
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Transport Science, Transport and Location Analysis.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The location of logistics hubs is one of the most crucial success factors for potential economic

growth in logistics sector. Since the logistics hub has direct and indirect impacts on different

stakeholders including investors, policy makers, infrastructure providers, hub operators, hub

users and the community itself, it needs to be considered carefully. Therefore, logistics hubs

should be located in such a way that it can provide a better accessibility to three different modes

of transportation- road, rail and waterways. The aim of this study is to evaluate the potential

locations for logistics hubs and to find out the criteria that affect for the selection of location for

logistics hubs. A comprehensive literature study reveals the factors that are affecting the

selection of location for logistics hubs and the methods to evaluate those locations considering

the criteria. Location selection or evaluation is a typical multi-criteria decision making (MCDM)

problem in which performance criteria plays a vital role for the final decision making. Both

qualitative and quantitative MCDM methods are applied in this study, where the Analytic

Hierarchy Process (AHP) is qualitative and the gravity method is quantitative method. Analytic

Hierarchy Process (AHP) is a structured approach to reach the final decision which is one of the

best methods of all MCDM problems, used in recent literature to evaluate the location selection

problems. A case study is done for the logistics company, Brinova Fastigheter AB in Sweden.

This study is followed by AHP method which is considered with selected factors, i.e. highway

accessibility, intermodal capacity, port capacity and land availability. Moreover, this study is

conducted by evaluating the four major potential locations in Sweden i.e. Stockholm, Göteborg,

Helsingborg and Karlshamn for selecting as a logistics hub. Besides, the location for selecting

logistics hubs is evaluated by the gravity method, which is a quantitative method to determine

the level of accessibility for the selected locations, considering the flow of goods both inbound

and outbound and the transport cost between the locations. The result from the AHP method

recommend that Göteborg is the best potential location to establish logistic hub whereas the

Gravity model represents that Stockholm has the highest level of accessibility for logistics

activity. Therefore the study suggested that both Göteborg and Stockholm are considered to be

the best potential locations considering in present situation

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 78 p.
TSC-MT, 13-001
Keyword [en]
Logistics hub, potential location, Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP), Accessibility.
National Category
Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-118154OAI: diva2:604876
Available from: 2013-02-12 Created: 2013-02-12

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