A strategic approach to improve sustainability in transportation service procurement

R. Jothi Basu, Ruibin Bai, PL L.K. Palaniappan

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This paper focuses on the procurement of full truck-load transportation service with the view to ensuring sustainability in transport logistics. The carrier assignment problem (CAP) involved in truck load contract auction is studied using a complete enumeration method and heuristic approach. Performance of both methods is compared in terms of solution quality and computational time based on the results of sample problems considered. Also, the impact of combinatorial bidding on reducing empty haul in real world case is analyzed and environmental sustainability is achieved through reduction in carbon foot print.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)152-168
Number of pages17
JournalTransportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2015


  • Carrier assignment problem
  • Combinatorial bidding
  • Full truck-load transportation
  • Sustainable transportation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Transportation


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