Logistics and
Supply Chain Management

The Center for Transportation Analysis does specialty research and development in Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

During recent years, the public and private sectors have grown increasingly aware of the nation's reliance on efficient and effective supply chains. The movement of goods and related information is critical for our industry as well as our military and government services. CTA provides research and studies to: analyze operations, evaluate and recommend commercial systems (tools), recommend best business practices and develop supply-chain management software tools. Specific areas of research include: global transportation/logistics, reverse logistics, material and information flow, e-commerce, telecommunications/Internet, data visualization, data mining, and geographic information systems. We develop solutions to supply chain problems based on theoretical and model-based research, simulation system development, empirical research, or detailed, field-based studies.

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Recent Work:

  • Evaluation of alternative warehousing strategies for the Defense Logistics Agency.
  • Depot location study including GIS-based transportation analysis.
  • Simulation study of logistics support requirements for nuclear non-proliferation support.
  • Evaluation of practical capabilities of electronic (RF) tags in inventory control systems.
  • Pilot study to consolidate DOD hazardous materials distribution.
  • Analysis of the effects of e-commerce on transportation systems.

Selected Presentations


Edition 36 of the Transportation Energy Data Book Released
The Transportation Energy Data Book (TEDB) is a compendium of data on transportation with an emphasis on energy. Designed for use as a desktop reference, the TEDB was first published in 1976 and has continued to Edition 35. The TEDB is produced by Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

2016 Vehicle Technologies Market Report
The 2016 Vehicle Technologies Market Report was released May 25, 2017 via the web. The report details the major trends in U.S. light-duty vehicle and medium/heavy truck markets. This report is produced by Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

Numerous CTA Staff gave presentations at the DOE Annual Merit Review Meeting, June 6-10, 2016.
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) 2016 Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meetings for the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program and the Vehicle Technologies Program were held June 6-10, 2016. Numerous CTA Staff presented at this event.