Keywords: landbridges, container transports, logistics network management, Trans-Siberian landbridge, European-Asian transportation, Eurasia, intermodal transportation, manufacturing logistics, Finland, Russia
Using Eurasian landbridge in logistics operations: building knowledge through case studies
This research concerns about the use of Eurasia as a landbridge for container traffic. We present case study findings concerning European-Asian transportation, and this reveals that the lead time advantage of landbridges (with respect of its costs) would be suitable for a manufacturer, but malfunctioning parts of harbours and railway transports hinder the potential of this alternative. Findings from demanding manufacturing logistics are further verified with a case study concerning a Finnish retailer having increasingly important presence in Russian markets. Retailer used to favour railways (∼early part of Eurasian corridor) but has nowadays configured distribution operations to favour road transports.