An examination of the development of LTL hub-and-spoke freight distribution systems

Anand P. Assi, Andrew Greasley, Doug Love

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Over recent years, hub-and-spoke distribution techniques have attracted widespread research attention. Despite there being a growing body of literature in this area there is less focus on the spoke-terminal element of the hub-and-spoke system as being a key component in the overall service received by the end-user. Current literature is highly geared towards discussing bulk optimization of freight units rather than to the more discrete and individualistic profile characteristics of shared-user Less-than-truckload (LTL) freight. In this paper, a literature review is presented to review the role hub-and-spoke systems play in meeting multi-profile customer demands, particularly in developing sectors with more sophisticated needs, such as retail. The paper also looks at the use of simulation technology as a suitable tool for analyzing spoke-terminal operations within developing hub-and spoke systems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHigh performance logistics
Subtitle of host publicationmethods and techniques
EditorsThorsten Blecker, Wolfgang Kersten, Matthias Meyer
PublisherErich Schmidt
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)978-3-503-12048-2
Publication statusPublished - 11 Sept 2009
EventHamburg International Conference of Logistics - Hamburg, Germany
Duration: 10 Sept 200911 Sept 2009

Publication series

NameOperations and technology management
PublisherErich Schmidt
ISSN (Print)1863-3390


ConferenceHamburg International Conference of Logistics
Abbreviated titleHICL 2009


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