5. An Overview of Transportation Management

The first section of the book provided a foundation for understanding the domain in which transportation decisions are made and also previewed some of the options available to shippers. We reviewed the various modes of transportation, the economics of transportation operations, and the different forms of service. In this chapter, we synthesize the decisions that shippers face in managing the transportation function in their businesses. The decisions range from the strategic decisions associated with network design, to the tactical considerations of how to best load a transportation vehicle. Network design decisions crop up only infrequently when the dynamics of the business change, as with the pursuit ...

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