The Dynamic Freight Routing Problem for Less-than-Truckload Carriers

Less-than-Truckload (LTL) carriers transport freight shipments from origins to destinations by consolidating freight using a network of terminals. As daily freight quantities are uncertain, carriers dynamically adjust planned freight routes on the day of operations. We introduce the Dynamic Freight Routing Problem (DFRP) and model this problem as a Markov Decision Process (MDP). To overcome … Read more

The Value of Limited Flexibility in Service Network Designs

Less-than-truckload carriers rely on the consolidation of freight from multiple shippers to achieve economies of scale. Collected freight is routed through a number of transfer terminals at each of which shipments are grouped together for the next leg of their journeys. We study the service network design problem confronted by these carriers. This problem includes … Read more