Transportation Network Capacity Concepts

pbc

New member
A few questions about large-scale freight transportation networks:

1. To what extent are trains/planes/trucks/ships typically assigned to regular routes or links between hubs at the regional and international scales?

a.) Are assets allocated against anticipated needs based on long-range forecasts for levels of demand, or are they moved around the network on a more short-term basis? In other words, how well does the typical large transportation company deal with the need to shift capacity on short notice from part of the network to another?​

b.) Do large transportation companies maintain some transportation assets in a sort of "float" status that can be shifted around the network to address short-term changes in demand without drawing-off capacity from established routes? If so, what is this kind of flexible capacity referred to as?​

I am working on a highly-abstracted intermodal transportation game in which the player will design and manage their own freight transportation network, and I want them to be able to allocate transportation capacity to various parts of the network. However, I am uncertain as to how rigidly most big companies (UPS, Fedex, CSX, Maersk, what-have-you) assign capacity to routes or hubs. For instance, I did work briefly once in an operations office at a UPS distribution facility, which had a set number of drivers and trucks that ran regular routes - but that was at a fairly small scale (one portion of a metro area). I understand that Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs) in the oil shipping world depart the Persian Gulf with their final destinations not yet known as their cargo may change hands more than once during their voyage. So, I'm looking for a set of generalizations about asset allocation and capacity utilization in air, rail, road, and sea transport (mostly with regard to containerized, intermodal freight, though - not oil shipping).

Thanks for any help available.
 

Starbucks Junkie

Forum Manager
Re: Transportation Network Capacity Concepts

My Company poundland ship a lot of containerised frieght from the Far and Near East region, we have set Freight Forwarders, Maersk beig one of them with set routes and destinations from set Origin ports, but we also use DHL on a NVOCC basis, (Non Vehicle Owned Cargo Carrier), and they basically negotiate better terms and routes with independent or large Freight Forwarders for a larger volume, whether these are outside the winning freight companies schedules I cannot say.

SJ
 

sunglow

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Re: Transportation Network Capacity Concepts

Hi,

I am from Malaysia. We are a lorry transport company based in Malaysia. I would like to discuss and share views with anyone familiar with land transport sector. I believe every country has its unique make-up. In Malaysia, the transport sector is very competitive. Hope the government of Malaysia will do something to lift the burden on transporters.
 

sunglow

New member
Re: Transportation Network Capacity Concepts

Hi,

I am from Malaysia. We are a lorry transport company based in Malaysia. I would like to discuss and share views with anyone familiar with land transport sector. I believe every country has its unique make-up. In Malaysia, the transport sector is very competitive. Hope the government of Malaysia will do something to lift the burden on transporters.
 
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