Dr. Andrew Palmer
- Sustainable freight transport
- Supply chain collaboration
- Strategic network design
- Quantitative modelling techniques
Andrew is a visiting research fellow and is a renowned expert in strategic logistics network design and related quantitative modelling techniques. He is the original author of the CAST supply chain network planning software which is used by more than 300 major companies throughout the world. For over 30 years Andrew has been involved in a wide range of commercial, UK government and European Commission sponsored projects. He was recently employed by the European Commission as a logistics expert to evaluate proposals, under the Seventh Framework transport call – TREN 2010. His research interest focuses on the sustainability of freight transport and collaboration to improve vehicle capacity utilisation and reduce empty running. His most recent projects included a one year project for ECR UK, which involved modelling the transport flows of 27 major FMCG retailing and manufacturing companies with a view to reducing the number of vehicles on the road through collaboration, and for Transport for London, an assessment of the implications for freight deliveries during the Olympics. His current project is sponsored by the European Commission and aims to identify and implement freight transport collaboration opportunities in Europe. He has published many articles, and is a regular speaker at logistics planning and sustainability conferences. His work in home deliveries and sustainable logistics has received media coverage with television interviews and articles in national newspapers. He is a visiting lecturer on graduate and undergraduate courses at a number of universities in Europe and is an honorary research fellow at Heriot Watt University.