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Best-practice transport planning - a comparison between the U.S. and Europe

Åkesson, Viktor LU (2016) SMMM20 20161
Department of Service Management and Service Studies
Abstract
Purpose of this paper:
The U.S. and European way of planning road-freight transport are different. These differences pose an interest of analyzing, assessing and evaluating. Transport planning in the U.S. is far more centralized and integrated than in the de-centralized inefficient European way. The aim of this paper is therefore to improve transport planning in Europe by analyzing the U.S. best-practice.

Methodology:
In order to fulfill the purpose of the study, one case study in the U.S. and two case studies in Europe have been examined. The focus was on developing cases which were comparable. Methods related to the case studies were interviews, documents and shadowing. Existing research in the field of transport planning was... (More)
Purpose of this paper:
The U.S. and European way of planning road-freight transport are different. These differences pose an interest of analyzing, assessing and evaluating. Transport planning in the U.S. is far more centralized and integrated than in the de-centralized inefficient European way. The aim of this paper is therefore to improve transport planning in Europe by analyzing the U.S. best-practice.

Methodology:
In order to fulfill the purpose of the study, one case study in the U.S. and two case studies in Europe have been examined. The focus was on developing cases which were comparable. Methods related to the case studies were interviews, documents and shadowing. Existing research in the field of transport planning was interpreted in a literature review.

Findings:
Fragmentation and many layers of decision in the European road-freight sector make it difficult to plan compared to the U.S. hauliers. The U.S. hauliers plan in a more centralized manner compared to the de-centralized way in Europe. The European hauliers are in need of a central integrated transport planning system and standardized communication tools.

Value:
The in-hand thesis contributes with unique and highly relevant research by examining one U.S. haulier and two European hauliers combined with an extensive literature review in an exceedingly germane manner.

Research implications:
The in-hand thesis has contributed to theory by comparing the U.S. and the European transport planning. Furthermore, a self-developed extended framework for control and planning has been constructed and utilized to showcase the different constellations of the involved case studies.

Practical implications:
A more efficient, central and integrated transport planning along with standardized communication tools in Europe implicates a game-changer in how European hauliers would work. Layers of decision-making would shrink and the utilization of capacity regarding vehicle and driver could increase. (Less)
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author
Åkesson, Viktor LU
supervisor
organization
course
SMMM20 20161
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
transport planning, dispatching, ATLF, best-practice, transport models
language
English
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8877947
date added to LUP
2016-06-07 18:05:03
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  abstract     = {Purpose of this paper:
The U.S. and European way of planning road-freight transport are different. These differences pose an interest of analyzing, assessing and evaluating. Transport planning in the U.S. is far more centralized and integrated than in the de-centralized inefficient European way. The aim of this paper is therefore to improve transport planning in Europe by analyzing the U.S. best-practice.

Methodology:
In order to fulfill the purpose of the study, one case study in the U.S. and two case studies in Europe have been examined. The focus was on developing cases which were comparable. Methods related to the case studies were interviews, documents and shadowing. Existing research in the field of transport planning was interpreted in a literature review.

Findings:
Fragmentation and many layers of decision in the European road-freight sector make it difficult to plan compared to the U.S. hauliers. The U.S. hauliers plan in a more centralized manner compared to the de-centralized way in Europe. The European hauliers are in need of a central integrated transport planning system and standardized communication tools.

Value:
The in-hand thesis contributes with unique and highly relevant research by examining one U.S. haulier and two European hauliers combined with an extensive literature review in an exceedingly germane manner.

Research implications:
The in-hand thesis has contributed to theory by comparing the U.S. and the European transport planning. Furthermore, a self-developed extended framework for control and planning has been constructed and utilized to showcase the different constellations of the involved case studies.

Practical implications:
A more efficient, central and integrated transport planning along with standardized communication tools in Europe implicates a game-changer in how European hauliers would work. Layers of decision-making would shrink and the utilization of capacity regarding vehicle and driver could increase.},
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  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Best-practice transport planning - a comparison between the U.S. and Europe},
  year         = {2016},
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