Improving planning processes for increased resource utilization in road transport operations
Paper in proceedings, 2012
Purpose: The purpose of the paper is to investigate resource utilization in road based freight transport
operations, how transport planning processes affect utilization, and if there are ways to improve the
planning processes in order to increase resource utilization.
Research approach: The empirical evidence has been collected through two different case studies,
one with focus on vehicle resource utilization and the other with focus on transportation planning
processes. A literature study was conducted to review models and theories from the manufacturing
planning in the operations management research area. It was used to provide a theoretical foundation
for analyzing the planning process data in order to highlight problem areas, and suggest how they
could be improved.
Findings and Originality: The findings show evidence of issues in the planning processes for
transport operations, lack of collaboration, and how resource utilization is affected by the planning
process. This article tie back to previous related research, identifies a gap in the literature, and
suggests how to amend the main identified issues that still remain unsolved for the industry from a
Research impact: The main research contribution is attempting to fill the identified literary gap, and
thoroughly investigating resource utilization on a level previously conducted. One of the future
implications is that the study can be regularly repeated to keep track of resource utilization changes in
the transportation industry.
Practical impact: The issues investigated are concrete, the evidence is shown clearly and the issues
have a direct impact on economic sustainability in the transportation industry. The importance of
addressing them will affect the long-term economical aspects of the industry, and there are
suggestions as to what needs be done to address them.
Freight Transport Operations