Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
The optimal shipment size and truck size choice - The allocation of trucks across hauls
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Centres, Centre for Transport Studies, CTS.
2014 (English)In: Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, ISSN 0965-8564, E-ISSN 1879-2375, Vol. 59, 262-277 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

There has been a growing interest in understanding how firms allocate their trucks across hauls, and how this allocation changes under various economic environments. This study investigates how variations in route/haul, carrier and vehicle characteristics affect the optimal vehicle size choice and the associated choice of shipment size. We show that the two choices are derived from the same optimization problem. There can be a continuum of shipment sizes, but decision-makers in freight transport have to choose from a limited number of vehicle alternatives. Therefore, we use a discrete-continuous econometric model where shipment size is modeled as a continuous variable, and vehicle size/type choice as a discrete variable. The results indicate that when faced with higher demand, and during longer trips firms are more likely to use heavier vehicles and ship in larger quantities which suggest that firms are realizing economies of scale and economies of distance. The study also discusses the effect of vehicle operating cost on the vehicle selection process and its policy implications.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 59, 262-277 p.
Keyword [en]
Discrete-continuous models, Freight modeling, Shipment size choice, Vehicle choice
National Category
Transport Systems and Logistics
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-140891DOI: 10.1016/j.tra.2013.11.008ISI: 000331664000019Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84890909828OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-140891DiVA: diva2:693589
Note

QC 20140204

Available from: 2014-02-04 Created: 2014-02-04 Last updated: 2017-05-29Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text

Other links

Publisher's full textScopus

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
De Jong, Gerard
By organisation
Centre for Transport Studies, CTS
In the same journal
Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice
Transport Systems and Logistics

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar

doi
urn-nbn

Altmetric score

doi
urn-nbn
Total: 393 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf