The Influence of Customer Agreements and Planning Principles on Rail Freight Carload Performance
Rail freight transportation is recognized worldwide as a suitable transportation mode when it comes to long haul transportation of heavy commodities. The industry is also known to be capital intensive, highly dependent on infrastructural developments and requires thorough planning of operations. Despite intensive planning of operations, great challenges remain in how to make best use of existing resources. Especially uncertainties related to up-coming daily freight volumes stand as central causes behind such planning challenges.
This research focuses on rail freight carload transportation and concerns how customer commitments influence operational performance as well as potentials for improvements of operational planning principles. Problem statements are addressed using three separate studies and all experiments involve quantitative approaches.
Licentiate thesis: ”The Influence of Customer Agreements and Planning Principles on Rail Freight Carload Performance”, Licentiate thesis, June 2012, Linköping University