Globalized Freight Transport


Globalized Freight Transport

Intermodality, E-Commerce, Logistics and Sustainability

Thomas R. Leinbach , Cristina Capineri

Edited by the late Thomas R. Leinbach, former Professor of Geography, University of Kentucky, Lexington, US and Cristina Capineri, Associate Professor of Geography, Università di Siena, Italy

2007, 304 pp Hb 978 1 84542 502 9

Hardback £88.00 on-line discount £79.20

Series: Transport Economics, Management and Policy series

Description
‘Globalization is a fashionable issue. But solid research on the conditions and implications for freight transport is badly missing. This volume contains a unique set of high-quality contributions on freight transport in the age of globalization. It offers a wealth of original insights to both the research and policy-making community.’
– Peter Nijkamp, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Contents
Contents: Preface Part I: Globalized Trade and Intermodality: European and North American Perspectives Part II: Globalized Trade and Logistics: European and North American Perspectives Part III: Globalized Freight, Sustainability, E-Commerce, and Technology Part IV: Globalized Freight and Policy Considerations in Europe and North America Index Contributors: W.P. Anderson, M. Beuthe, W.R. Black, J.T. Bowen, C. Capineri, D. Henstra, M. Hesse, T.R. Leinbach, M. Maggio, J.P. Rodrigue, C. Ruijgrok, B. Slack, R. Stough, L. Tavasszy, R. Vickerman

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‘The editors as well as the authors of these essays should be commended for bringing together and discussing within this volume many of the important issues facing globalized freight movements.’
– Robert Martin, The Professional Geographer

‘. . . Leinbach and Capineri have produced an interesting and useful addition to the literature on this massive subject. . .’
– Anthony Beresfore, International Journal of Maritime History

‘Globalization is a fashionable issue. But solid research on the conditions and implications for freight transport is badly missing. This volume contains a unique set of high-quality contributions on freight transport in the age of globalization. It offers a wealth of original insights to both the research and policy-making community.’
– Peter Nijkamp, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The worldwide movement of freight has emerged as one of the most critical and dynamic aspects of the transport sector. The contributors to this study examine the current state of global freight transport, with an emphasis on Europe and North America and their extra-regional linkages. These original contributions synthesize existing knowledge, highlight new developments, problems and possible solutions, and underscore the need for further research.

The book’s starting point is the fact that freight transport is the main element supporting global supply and commodity chains, from the transformation of raw materials to market distribution and after-market services. However, as the authors point out, the rising costs associated with security and various other constraints, as well as the complexity of getting goods delivered, is adding to profit pressures faced by manufacturers around the globe. Despite the application of technology and increasingly efficient solutions to the movement of freight, constraint points and conditions obstructing smooth operations and sustainability have developed. These difficulties affect both the environment and economic growth. Examining the issues from four critical perspectives – intermodality, e-commerce and technology, logistics, and sustainability – Globalized Freight Transport captures the concern for the viability of freight systems and the ways they are impacting the global economy.

This cutting-edge study will be of great interest to students and scholars of transportation, as well as to public sector policymakers and private sector managers.

Full table of contents

Contents:

Preface

1. The Global Economy and Freight Transport Flows
Thomas R. Leinbach and Cristina Capineri

PART I: GLOBALIZED TRADE AND INTERMODALITY: EUROPEAN AND NORTH AMERICAN PERSPECTIVES
2. Shifting Modes and Spatial Flows in North American Freight Transportation
John T. Bowen and Brian Slack

3. Intermodal Freight Transport in Europe
Michel Beuthe

PART II: GLOBALIZED TRADE AND LOGISTICS: EUROPEAN AND NORTH AMERICAN PERSPECTIVES
4. Globalized Trade and Logistics: North American Perspectives
Jean Paul Rodrigue and Markus Hesse

5. Globalized Trade, Logistics and Intermodality: European Perspectives
Dirk Henstra, Cees Ruijgrok and Lori Tavasszy

PART III: GLOBALIZED FREIGHT, SUSTAINABILITY, E-COMMERCE, AND TECHNOLOGY
6. E-Commerce, Logistics and the Future of Globalized Freight
William P. Anderson and Thomas R. Leinbach

7. Sustainable Solutions for Freight Transport
William R. Black

PART IV: GLOBALIZED FREIGHT AND POLICY CONSIDERATIONS IN EUROPE AND NORTH AMERICA
8. Policy Implications of Dynamic Globalized Freight Flows in Europe
Roger Vickerman

9. Policy Implications of Dynamic Globalized Freight Flows in North America
Mark Maggio and Roger Stough

10. Globalized Freight Transport: Conclusions and Future Research Cristina Capineri and Thomas R. Leinbach

Index

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