Freight handling the Smarter way
Paper in proceedings, 2009

Purpose of this paper – The purpose of this paper is to outline opportunities for effective decentralized decision-making in freight transport operations and show how the concept of Smart Freight can enable such decentralized decision-making and create control functions. Design/methodology/approach – A literature study and a case study were carried out in order to gather the information needed for the specification. The case study covers the operations at a central distribution terminal and the connected consolidation/distribution terminals. Findings – The main finding of the paper is an outline of the transport processes that shows how it can be improved by decentralizing decision-making. It also outlines the capabilities of Smart Freight and how it can enable control and decentralized decision-making in transportation. Practical implications – The practical implications are outlining the areas of future improvement in freight transport operations. This can serve as an initial guideline for investments and initiatives to improve transportation.

Smart Transportation Management

Intelligent Transportation Systems

Smart Freight


Andreas Hagen

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Logistics & Transportation

Henrik Sternberg

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Logistics & Transportation

Proceedings from ITS World Congress 2009

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