Over recent years, hub-and-spoke distribution techniques have attracted widespread research attention. Despite there being a growing body of literature in this area there is less focus on the spoke-terminal element of the hub-and-spoke system as being a key component in the overall service received by the end-user. Current literature is highly geared towards discussing bulk optimization of freight units rather than to the more discrete and individualistic profile characteristics of shared-user Less-than-truckload (LTL) freight. In this paper, a literature review is presented to review the role hub-and-spoke systems play in meeting multi-profile customer demands, particularly in developing sectors with more sophisticated needs, such as retail. The paper also looks at the use of simulation technology as a suitable tool for analyzing spoke-terminal operations within developing hub-and spoke systems.
|Title of host publication||High performance logistics|
|Subtitle of host publication||methods and techniques|
|Editors||Thorsten Blecker, Wolfgang Kersten, Matthias Meyer|
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - 11 Sep 2009|
|Event||Hamburg International Conference of Logistics - Hamburg, Germany|
Duration: 10 Sep 2009 → 11 Sep 2009
|Name||Operations and technology management|
|Conference||Hamburg International Conference of Logistics|
|Abbreviated title||HICL 2009|
|Period||10/09/09 → 11/09/09|
Assi, A. P., Greasley, A., & Love, D. (2009). An examination of the development of LTL hub-and-spoke freight distribution systems. In T. Blecker, W. Kersten, & M. Meyer (Eds.), High performance logistics: methods and techniques (pp. 235-243). (Operations and technology management; Vol. 12). Erich Schmidt.