Transport is a logistic process crucial for effective and efficient performance of each company. It influences lead time, costs level and customer service level, hence it creates either competitive advantage or a gap between the company and its competitors. Transport management starts at strategical and tactical level with "make or buy" decision and conseąuently resources defmition, transport system development (elements, functions, relations) and is continued at operational level with decisions concerning routing, scheduling and job assignment.
Hereby monograph is composed of six chapters, presenting both, strategical and operational aspects of transport management. They are structured to present transport management problems from the most generał level – the one representing strategical time horizon – to the most specific and detailed ones – representing operational level.
The first chapter is an overview of logistics models that can be applied to supply goods to customers. The models are introduced with constraints and their typical applications are introduced.
After presentation of transport process organization opportunities, the second chapter presents one specific transport model developed under specific conditions, including safety and security issues.
The third chapter refers to one modę of transport – air – specific especially because of complex infrastructure and high reąuirements concerning ground operations.
The fourth chapter presents important aspects of another modę of transport, which is sea transport, and describes a model that allows for ąuantifying the ąualities of a transport product from a customers’ point of view.
The next chapter considers the problem of determining reąuired number of vehicles of the car transport company, according to the size of the identified demand for transportation services, giving the overview of the most common problem in road transport area.
The last chapter provides readers with presentation of problems in maintenance area, as they are crucial for efficient functioning of transport and high customer service level.
Transport makes goods move and makes business possible – locally and globally. It offers numerous solutions (models and modes) and when performed correctly leads to competitive advantage on cost and customer satisfaction level.