Box-Plant Trucking Logistics
Research Theme: Enterprise Effectiveness
Project Objective Statement: To identify for
corrugated box-plants, the best practices in trucking logistics
needs and practices and understand their macro implications for the
pulp and paper industry.
Project summary: Trucking logistics operations
in the pulp and paper industry can be complicated and costly. In
order to simplify the study without sacrificing meaningful results,
this project will limit its focus to corrugated box-plants and the
production and shipment of corrugated boxes. A limited number of
representative corrugated box plants (e.g., using over 80,000 tons
per year of containerboard for corrugated box production with
similar sizes of production and warehousing facilities) will be
selected, and their trucking transport logistics operations studied
in detail in order to meet the objectives identified above.
Detailed reports and papers will be submitted to the CPBIS and the
TIP for project reviews. Two graduate students will be working with
two faculty PIs on this project.
The following steps outline the activities involved in the project
- With the help of CPBIS, TIP, and the respective industry
sponsors, the project team will select two or three representative
corrugated box plants for an in-depth analysis of their trucking
transport logistics. Selecting box plants that are as similar as
possible in size and operation but that utilize alternative types
of trucking transportation (e.g. third-party logistics, private
carriage) in satisfying their shipment needs will be important.
- The case studies will entail a number of actions:  A review
of the literature on best practices in traditional and related
industries.  A detailed profile of the transport logistics
operations in each of the selected plants.  Conduct rigorous
science-based profiling-studies on the plants' logistics records
and processes.  Create measurable indicators to describe and
evaluate logistics operations environment of box plants; and 
Investigate factors leading to successful logistics.
Prof. Jye-Chyi Lu, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Georgia
Institute of Technology
Tel: 404 894-2318
Planned Duration: 1 year; started in Fall