Distribution of small packages in metropolitan area by motorcycle courier services

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Abstract

Small packages such as important documents, receipts and gifts are usually distributed in a short time window in a metropolitan area of congested traffic and limited parking spaces. While conventional four-wheel vehicles are not suitable for intra-city deliveries, motorcycles are perfect since they are more mobile. This paper tries to investigate business models suitable for distributing small packages in metropolitan area by analysing two courier networks: a point-to-point and a hub-and-spoke courier network. Pros and cons, as well as the simplified mathematical models for these two networks will be proposed and analysed to give more insights for this business.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-101
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Integrated Supply Management
Volume4
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Apr 24

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Motorcycle
Metropolitan areas
Time windows
Parking
Gift
Hub-and-spoke network
Mathematical model
Business model

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Strategy and Management
  • Marketing

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