Also known as logistics. All the activites (such as order processing, transporting, storing, stock handling, and inventory control) that help to ensure that the right amount of products is delivered to the right place at the right time.
The marketing function of moving a roduct from the place where it is made to the place where it is sold.
For-hire carriers that provide equipment and drivers for specific routes, according to agreements between the carrier and the shipper.
Transport goods for an individual business. The transport equipment can be owned or leased to meet the specific transportation needs of the business.
Free from direct regulation of rates and operating procedures. Usually carry agricultural products.
Combines two or more transportation modes to maximize the advantages of each.
Carrying loaded truck trailers over land on railroad flatcars. Trucks will then take the trailers to their destinations.
Shipping from one port to another port on connecting rivers and lakes. For example: St. Lawrence Seaway.
The shipping of goods on inland and coastal waterways between ports along the same coast.
Private companies that combine less-than-carload or less-than-truckload shippments from several different busiensses and deliver them to their destinations.
It offers storage and handling facilities to any individual or company that will pay for its use.
A warehouse designed to speed delivery of goods and to minimize storage costs. Its focus is on sorting and moving products, not storing them.