Trucking in the Age of Information provides a comprehensive overview of the contemporary trucking industry. Prior research on trucking has focused on the effects of deregulation on the industry, but the industry's current transformation is driven by information technology, emerging business strategies, globalization of commodity production and the rise of package express and logistics. The volume brings together acknowledged and emerging scholars of the industry including Thomas Corsi (University of Maryland), Chelsea White III (Georgia Tech), Starr McMullen (Oregon State University), Will Mitchell (Duke University), Jeff Liker (University of Michigan), Francine LaFontaine (University of Michigan), Kristen Monaco (California State University at Long Beach) and Michael Conyngham (International Brotherhood of Teamsters) to address issues including technological change, third party logistics, lean trucking, driver safety and health, homeland security and the consolidation of trucking services. Each chapter provides an overview of industry issues and a discussion of current research.
Contents: Preface; The evolution of the U.S. motor carrier industry, B. Starr McMullen; The truckload carrier industry segment, Thomas M. Corsi; Less-than-truckload motor carriers: a story of diversity and change, Peter F. Swan and Stephen V. Burks; The package express industry: a historical and current perspective, Leslie S. Hough and Maciek Nowak; Logistics service providers, C. John Langley, Jr; Industry performance following reformation of economic and social regulation in the trucking industry, James Peoples; Technology in trucking, Anuradha Nagarajan, Enrique Canessa, Maciek Nowak, Will Mitchell and Chelsea C. White III; Truck drivers in the age of information: transformation without gain, Dale L. Belman, Francine Lafontaine and Kristen A. Monaco; Just-in-time and trucking logistics: the lean learning enterprise, Jennifer N. Karlin and Jeffrey K. Liker; Truck safety in the age of information, Lee Husting and Elyce A. Biddle; Future truck drivers: where will they come from, why would they take the job? Michael E. Conyngham; Index.