Title: Study and suggestions on inbound logistics for vehicle utilisation: a case study

Authors: K. Ganesh; R.A. Malairajan; M.N. Qureshi; S.P. Anbuudayasankar; Mukesh Kumar Barua

Addresses: Supply Chain Management – Center of Competence, McKinsey Knowledge Center India Private Limited, McKinsey & Company, DLF Plaza Tower, DLF City, Phase I, Gurgaon 122002, India. ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, Anna University of Technology Tirunelveli, Tuticorin Campus, Tamil Nadu, India. ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, M.S. University of Baroda, Vadodara 390002, Gujarat, India. ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, Amrita School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore 641112, Tamil Nadu, India. ' Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee 247667, Uttrakhand, India

Abstract: A service provider for a global textile machinery manufacturing organisation has been managing the inbound logistics operations for the subcontracted items. The payment terms is fixed with service provider such that a fixed amount is paid to it based on the vehicles utilised per day. Such kind of an agreement calls for better utilisation of vehicles in terms of running time. This paper presents some of the observations and areas of improvement for better utilisation of vehicles so that the transportation overheads for the subcontracted items are reduced.

Keywords: inbound logistics; vehicle utilisation; textile machinery manufacturing; service providers; transport overheads.

DOI: 10.1504/IJISD.2012.047838

International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development, 2012 Vol.6 No.3, pp.237 - 264

Received: 30 Jul 2011
Accepted: 24 Oct 2011

Published online: 13 Jul 2012 *

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