Network Economies of Scale in Short Haul truckload Operations

Network Economies of Scale in Short Haul truckload Operations

This paper quantifies the significant economies of scale present in a short haul truckload drayage market through the application of a minimum cost scheduling algorithm to actual shipments. This technique offers an alternative to econometric methods which have led to conflicting conclusions with regard to economies of scale in trucking.

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