Real-time dispatching for truckload motor carriers

Warren Buckler Powell

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Truckload trucking may be the simplest operational problem in freight transportation. Shippers use truckload motor carriers to move large quantities of freight which require hiring an entire truck to move a load of goods from one location to another. Similar to taxi operations for passengers, a shipper will call a carrier with information about a load of freight that needs to be moved from one city to another. If the carrier agrees to move the load, he sends out a driver with a tractor (and possibly a trailer) who then picks up a trailer loaded with freight. When the driver delivers the freight at the origin, it is now the responsibility of the company to gure out what to do with the driver next. Although there are many one-man trucking companies, our focus is on operations that manage eets that may range from several dozen to over 10,000 drivers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLogistics Engineering Handbook
PublisherCRC Press
ISBN (Electronic)9781420004588
ISBN (Print)9780849330537
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • General Engineering


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