Improving the efficiency of material flows in an Independent Timber & Builders’ Merchants Business via the implementation of a new dedicated Goods Inward/Outward facility featuring Cross-Dock methodology

Hale, Jacob (2012) Improving the efficiency of material flows in an Independent Timber & Builders’ Merchants Business via the implementation of a new dedicated Goods Inward/Outward facility featuring Cross-Dock methodology. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This study looks at the physical logistics challenges facing the Independent Builders’ Merchants sector within the Construction Industry Supply Chain. Against a backdrop of economic uncertainty, industry commentators have recently observed that the sector has previously accepted mediocrity in logistics because it has not understood how it can add value. The facet of on-site material flows at an exemplar Independent Builders Merchant is therefore taken as the research question to investigate whether current generic logistics techniques can be used to improve efficiency in this field.

‘Cross-docking’ is one such logistics technique which has been introduced in recent times in an attempt to move materials from inbound locations to outbound locations as quickly as possible. This short-term staging approach can be used to consolidate shipments from disparate sources and realise economies of scale in outbound transportation. In this research, system adherence, layout design and short term staging strategy are investigated to ascertain their applicability to addressing the losses in terms of time, transport costs, damage and, above all, customer satisfaction resulting from the lack of a fully formalised inbound supply chain process.

Keywords: Construction Supply Chain, Builders’ Merchants, Physical Logistics, Material Flows, Cross-Dock, Goods Inward, Goods Outward

Item Type: Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)
Keywords: Construction Supply Chain, Builders’ Merchants, Physical Logistics, Material Flows, Cross-Dock, Goods Inward, Goods Outward
Depositing User: EP, Services
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2014 11:13
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2016 22:43
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/25444

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