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    Optimizing Inventory/Transportation

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    Background Material:
    Modes of Transportation
    Waterways
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. (2010). The U.S. Waterway System, Transportation Facts & Information; Navigation Center, retrieved from http://www.ndc.iwr.usace.army.mil/factcard/factcard10.pdf
    American Society of Civil Engineers. Report Card for America's Infrastructure, retrieved from http://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/fact-sheet/inland-waterways
    Ask.com ; Inland Waterways Transportation, retrieved from http://www.answers.com/topic/inland-waterways-transportation
    Texas Transportation Institute. (2009). A Modal Comparison Of Domestic Freight Transportation Effects On The General Public, retrieved from http://www.nationalwaterwaysfoundation.org/study/FinalReportTTI.pdf
    Railroads
    Nationalatlas.gov. 2002 Data: Overview of U.S. Freight Railroads, retrieved from http://www.nationalatlas.gov/articles/transportation/a_freightrr.html
    American Association of Railroads. (https://www.aar.org/)
    American Association of Railroads. Railroad statistics, retrieved from https://www.aar.org/StatisticsAndPublications/Documents/AAR-Stats-2013-04-17.pdf
    American Association of Railroads. (2015). Today's railroads. Retrieved from https://www.aar.org/todays-railroads
    Over the Road Trucking (OTR)
    American Trucking Association (2015). Retrieved from http://www.trucking.org/
    eHow.com. About Trucking Companies, retrieved from http://www.ehow.com/about_4586182_trucking-companies.html
    All Modes - Provides Cost Comparisons by Mode and Other Comparisons
    Center for Climate & Energy Solutions. Freight Transportation Comparison, retrieved from http://www.c2es.org/technology/factsheet/FreightTransportation

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    Background

    Company name: Quattro Industries, Inc.
    Quattro is a privately-held company that has been manufacturing soccer balls for over a quarter of a century. Quattro manufactures soccer balls as its sole product. The company is known for manufacturing soccer balls using the latest technology and the best raw materials available. Each soccer ball is individually hand-stitched by trained staff to increase the strength of the ball. Quattro sells directly to the end customer through the company's website, and via Amazon.com. Neither wholesalers nor distributors are used in their supply chain (1).

    Diagram
    EESC of Quattro, from RAW to RETAIL

    Transportation Discussion

    A logistics manager decides which mode of transportation is the best for the product being sold. More than one mode of transportation may need to be used to get the product to the consumer; this is known as intermodal transportation.

    The five basic modes of transportation are:

    • Railroad—railroads are a cost-effective and efficient means of shipping large quantities of items over long distances. Railroads may have specialized equipment to handle certain products, such as truck ...

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