Measuring the Efficiency of Road Freight Transport Operations

October 2000
Logistics & Transport Focus;Oct2000, Vol. 2 Issue 8, p26
Trade Publication
Around 2100 vehicles operated by the major supermarket chains, logistics service companies, food manufacturers and wholesalers in Great Britain were surveyed in 1998 to measure the efficiency of road freight transport operations. Monitoring was conducted over a 48-hour period against a standard set of key performance indicators relating to vehicle loading, empty running, time utilization, fuel efficiency and deviations from schedule. It was found that trailers spent an average of 35 percent running on the road and were empty and stationary for 21 percent of a typical day. Twenty-five percent of the trips were subject to delay, which are mostly due to problems at collection and delivery points, and congestion on the road. Sources of information on the full results of the survey conducted by the Logistics Research Center at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland.


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