The activities associated with the selection of transportation mode, identification/selection of service provider, issuance of a request for transportation services and/or booking transportation. Typically transportation scheduling focuses on:
- Routing shipments (long haul and/or last mile)
- Combining shipments and/or deliveries
- Building loads
- Tendering -- where applicable
- Booking transportation
For Reverse Logistics supply chains transportation scheduling may be less involved than other supply chain types.
- In a Warehouse: Scheduling a return load with the supplier's carrier
- In Retail: Schedule a shipment with the carrier to a repair center
- In Retail: Schedule a return pick-up to a warehouse for further processing
- For consumer returns: Contacting the express carrier for a pick-up
Once transportation scheduling is complete the order may be updated with the latest delivery information and a notification (Schedule Change) may be send to the sending and/or receiving parties.
Many companies (the Shipper) perform only a light version of this process as they have outsourced transportation. The transportation service provider will likely perform most of these tasks instead of the Shipper.