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Case study of a pickup and delivery terminal
2005 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

DHL is a global logistics company. Prior to the merge with Danzas in 2003 DHL was a global air express company. Today DHL offers other services such as ocean freight and road transport. The Swedish road distribution network is a merge of several distribution networks with strategically located pickup and delivery (PUD) terminal. Because these terminals have individually developed pickup and delivery terminal layouts and processes for handling goods there are large potentials for savings. In an effort to improve the efficiency of the pickup and delivery terminals DHL is developing a European pickup and delivery terminal standard. This standard is called Standard Equipment and Facility (SEF) and includes equipment, handling process and facility standards. The SEF facility standard describes two alternative layouts of the terminals, which are 30 and 37.5 meters wide. However, there is an interest in evaluating the SEF facility standard and comparing it with a 40.5 meters wide terminal. There is also an interest in evaluating a modified layout of the 37.5 meters wide terminal with Shorter Lane Length, SLL. The studied terminal facilities are called SEF 30, SEF 37.5, SEF 37.5 SLL and SE 40.5. The aim of this Master’s thesis is to determine the most cost efficient facility standard in terms of annual total cost, which is the sum of building, handling and equipment cost. The thesis is based on a case study of different layouts for a PUD terminal. Each terminal is set up according to layout planning theories and handling and equipment cost is calculated by running the workload for each layout in DHL’s terminal management tool Terminal Resource Planning, TRP. The result shows that SEF 37.5 SLL is the most cost efficient layout. However, it is not proven that it is possible to shorten the lane length and this remains to be addressed. SE 40.5 is the most cost efficient terminal if it is not possible to shorter lane length. However, less than 0.9 MSEK differ between the top-four layouts of the five layouts evaluated. The result also shows that building cost corresponds to less than 25 percent of total cost when economic life is set to ten years. The small difference in total cost and the little significance of building cost leads to a final conclusion. It is more important to plan the terminal well, than to use the optimal terminal standard.

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Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law, logistics, logistik, layout, planering, planning, distribution
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-51804ISRN: LTU-EX--05/215--SELocal ID: 8fd819d7-0d76-4165-85a5-c071dfc4166bOAI: diva2:1025168
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 30 credits
Educational program
Industrial and Management Engineering, master's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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