Hub and Spoke
In logistics, the term hub and spoke refers to the dispatch of goods via a central logistics hub. In this case, there is no direct traffic, but rather interrupted traffic, as the goods are transshipped. The hub (main transshipment base) is radially connected to the individual end points of the logistics network via spokes (connections).
A hub and spoke network usually consists of various locations, each of which is individually connected to a conveniently located hub. At the hub, incoming consignments from the individual locations are unloaded, resorted and loaded again for further transport. There are also more extensive systems with several hubs. The aim of such system is to optimise the utilisation of the means of transport.