Control and Monitoring in International Logistics Chains

TitleControl and Monitoring in International Logistics Chains
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsVeenstra, A, Hulstijn, J, Griffioen, P
EditorBlecker, T, Kersten, W, Ringle, CM
Title of ProceedingsInnovative Methods in Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Conference LocationHamburg
ISBN Number978-3-8442-9878-9; 978-3-8442-9880-2
ISSN Number978-3-7375-0341-9
Keywordscontainers, Risk Management, supervision, Supply Chain

In this paper, we introduce an approach to monitoring and control in the
international movement of goods that builds on value chain modeling. The
approach is taken from the accounting domain and adapted to application in
supply chains and logistics chains. This approach is based on identifying
equations that can be used to verify the accuracy and integrity of data in the
supply or logistics chain. This enhances visibility, and will contribute to
compliance in the international movement of goods.
We introduce a case study of a retail company in the UK that ships containers
from China to its warehouses in the UK. We obtained unique data from this
chain, in which independent measurements were taken of the cargo volume in
the containers. Based on the analysis of this data, we show that there is a
considerable chance that recorded volumes on shipment documentation by
manufacturers may be wrong. We show that the incorrect data follows patterns
that can be detected, which provides a starting point for the development of
analytical detection models.