Transporter från lastbil till järnväg : en fallstudie på Kährs
Abstract (Summary)Gustav Kährs AB is a company that is considering a change of transportation from trucks to railroad. Kährs headquarter is situated in Nybro. The company makes wooden floors and stores them in their central warehouse in Kalmar. Today all transports from the warehouse are carried out by trucks; the goods are then transported to the harbor in Helsingborg and then shipped to Bremen. Kährs is considering switching to railroad transportation between Kalmar and Helsingborg.The problem has been formulated as follows:“Is it worth to switch transportation method from tuck to railroad considering the following aspects: the environment, lead times, costs and investments?”To gain a deeper insight of the consequences that a switch would have on lead times, costs, investments and the environment we have chosen to conduct a case study. The purpose of this case study is not to reach a definitive answer to the problem but rather to give an open discussion on the subject. This fits our formulated problem fine, because the question if it is worth or not is a subjective matter.This thesis has been built around a model that consists of all the different aspects that have been mentioned within the formulated problem. From this model we have derived a calculation model to calculate if it is worth to make a switch from tucks to railroad from a cost perspective. From the calculation model we have further derived different scenarios were today’s situation is compared to alternative means of transportation involving railroad. The different scenarios include different harbors and investments like cranes, forklifts and extension of railroad.The calculation model focuses on the costs being generated by each scenario. The result of the analysis is that today’s truck solution had the most advantages compared to the other scenarios. But what final solution is chosen depends on what characteristics Kährs values. If the environment is an important factor, if Kährs feels that it is important to position itself as an environmental friendly company then the railroad would be an interesting alternative. The question is if Kährs is prepared to deal with the increased costs that this alternative generates. Perhaps the company doesn’t feel that the savings on the environmental side are reason enough to stand the extra costs.The answer to our formulated problem is that we don’t consider it worth shifting from tuck to railroad. But in the end it is all about what characteristics Kährs consider to be important.
School:Högskolan i Skövde
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Date of Publication:08/13/2007