Improving returnable transport equipment management with an autonomous approach

Rebecca Aggarwal, Ming K. Lim

Research output: Chapter in Book/Published conference outputConference publication


Challenges of returnable transport equipment (RTE) management continue to heighten as the popularity of their usage magnifies. Logistics companies are investigating the implementation of radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology to alleviate problems such as loss prevention and stock reduction. However, the research within this field is limited and fails to fully explore with depth, the wider network improvements that can be made to optimize the supply chain through efficient RTE management. This paper, investigates the nature of RTE network management building on current research and practices, filling a gap in the literature, through the investigation of a product-centric approach where the paradigms of “intelligent products” and “autonomous objects” are explored. A network optimizing approach with RTE management is explored, encouraging advanced research development of the RTE paradigm to align academic research with problematic areas in industry. Further research continues with the development of an agent-based software system, ready for application to a real-case study distribution network, producing quantitative results for further analysis. This is pivotal on the endeavor to developing agile support systems, fully utilizing an information-centric environment and encouraging RTE to be viewed as critical network optimizing tools rather than costly waste.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDynamics in logistics
Subtitle of host publicationthird international conference, LDIC 2012 Bremen, Germany, February/March 2012 Proceedings
EditorsHans-Jörg Kreowski, Bernd Scholz-Reiter , Klaus-Dieter Thoben
Place of PublicationBerlin (DE)
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-35966-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-35965-1
Publication statusPublished - 29 Mar 2013
Event3rd International Conference on Dynamics in Logistics - Bremen, Germany
Duration: 27 Feb 20122 Mar 2012

Publication series

NameLecture notes in logistics
ISSN (Print)2194-8917


Conference3rd International Conference on Dynamics in Logistics
Abbreviated titleLDIC 2012
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