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The Definitive Guide to Transportation: Principles, Strategies, and Decisions for the Effective Flow of Goods and Services by Thomas J. Goldsby, CSCMP, Shashank Rao, Deepak Iyengar

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2. A Survey of Transportation Modes

Figuring out how to transport goods is among the most fundamental business decisions a company can make. In some cases, the means of moving product is limited as a function of availability or the geography over which a shipment must move. Shipments by truck and rail are primarily limited to land, for instance. Navigable waterways must be available for ships, and takeoff/landing strips must be available for air transportation to be viable. Where multiple options are available, the logistics manager must evaluate the service attributes and costs associated with available options.

Chapter 1, “Transportation in Business and the Economy,” introduced the five modes of transportation: road, rail, water, air, and pipeline. ...

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