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Improving Logistics Management Using Foldable/Collapsible Containers: A Case Study

Bandara, Yapa Mahinda; Garaniya, Vikram; Chin, Christopher; Leong, Zhi Hui


Vikram Garaniya

Christopher Chin

Zhi Hui Leong


Foldable containers have the potential to enhance the cost efficiency of the logistics industry and improve the problem of space allocation at seaports. Using primary and secondary data sources the pros and cons of using foldable containers as compared to standard containers are identified, and it is shown that a port can gain cost efficiencies by using foldable containers. A simulation for the Port of Melbourne (Australia) demonstrates that using foldable containers would reduce the projected total number of containers handled by the port in 2035 from 7.057 million to 5.817 million, with an 80% decrease in the number of empty containers. Foldable containers can therefore have a significant impact on the reformation of the transport and logistics systems.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Apr 1, 2015
Publication Date 2015-03
Deposit Date Dec 4, 2021
Journal The Asian Journal of Shipping and Logistics
Print ISSN 2092-5212
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 31
Issue 1
Pages 161-185
Keywords Containerization, Foldable Container, Standard Container, Loading Centres, Space Constraints, Logistics
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