A Product Specific Cold Chain Analysis for Regional Freight Integration into the Circle City and Beyond

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Primary Investigator

Alfonso Morales
Associate Professor
University of Wisconsin – Department of Urban and Regional Planning
104 Music Hall
925 Bascom Mall
Madison, WI 53706
Email: morales1@wisc.edu
Phone: 608-263-4848

Abstract

This research will utilize commodity profiles, transportation data, and business profiles for the Driftless Region of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and northwestern Illinois to understand the crops and livestock products most impacted by the need for refrigerated equipment from field to freight. Meeting the objectives described above will enhance economic development in the region by increasing employment, reducing systemic inefficiencies resulting from lack of coordination between production and distribution infrastructure, and making Driftless Region cold chain products more competitive vis-à-vis similar commodities produced elsewhere.

Objectives

The project has three objectives: first, to determine the existing cold chain context in the Driftless Region, second, to comprehend the existing logistical capacity (both in terms of infrastructure and service availability), and third, to use GIS and market analysis to determine possible matching between producers, packers, and shippers, as well as prime locational possibilities for intramodal and intermodal packing and shipping facilities.

Tasks

  1. Determine the existing cold chain context in the Driftless Region;
  2. Comprehend the existing freight/logistical capacity;
  3. Use GIS and market analysis to determine possible matching of producers, packers, and shippers as well as prime locational possibilities for intramodal and intermodal packing and shipping facilities.

Project Information

  • Duration: 12 months
  • Dates: September 1, 2012 – August 30, 2013
  • Budget: $60,662 ($16,228 in matching funds)
  • Student Involvement: One graduate student and one undergraduate
  • Modal Orientation: Highway and Rail
  • Project ID: CFIRE 07-05
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