Research Reports

The Feasability of a Shipper Panel to Measure Transportation Services

Principal Investigator:

Frederick J Beier

December 2002

Report no. MnDOT 2003-04

Projects: The Feasibility of a Shipper Panel to Measure Transportation Services

Topics: Economics, Freight, Modes

Using surveys and focus groups, this project examines the value of a standing panel of shippers who would contribute carrier evaluation data to a central pool for wider distribution. It determines that shippers appear willing to contribute carrier evaluation data to a shared pool; the metrics used by shippers to evaluate carriers are consistent; and there are no apparent technological barriers to the efficient pooling of carrier evaluation data. As a result, it recommends that a pilot project address various implementation efforts. Keywords-carrier evaluation methods, carrier evaluation differences, transportation metrics, value of shared evaluation data

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