Document Type

Research Paper

Publication Date

Summer 6-23-2023


Truck-based freight transportation in the United States is expected to remain an integral part of the economy for the foreseeable future. Despite its continued importance, the industry remains fragmented and economically, socially, and environmentally unsustainable. The focus of this research is exploring opportunities to reduce costs and increase sustainability through collaboration among transportation service providers (TSPs). The objective is to explore freight routing and consolidation decisions for collaborating transportation service providers, introduce the transportation service provider collaboration problem (TSP-CP), and evaluate the potential benefits of TSP collaboration using industry representative data sets. The results provide new insights on the benefits of collaboration as well as the effects of the type and size of the TSP on the expected benefits derived from collaboration.

Publication Title

Progress in Material Handling Research