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Transportation Global Logistics

Based on your knowledge of transportation characteristics and additional transportation research information please address the following: 1. Which of the five modes may be currently employed for each of the following raw materials and components associated with manufacturing home appliances: (a) rolls of flat steel for manufacturing appliances; (b) electronic modules used in home appliances; (c) Rubber seals and gaskets; (d) All other hardware, nuts, bolts and plastic parts needed for manufacturing home appliances? Provide the names of possible commercial transportation companies that may be providing the services. 2. What are the modal transit variability and potential risks of each of your selected modes? 3. What multiple modes may be involved, and at what point during the transportation journey to the production complex? 4. What special material handling equipment might be required for the unloading of the materials and components when received at your production complex? 5. What modes may be involved in the movement of the finished appliances to your distribution centers and international customers? 6. What volumes do you believe will be required for you to obtain the best possible transportation pricing?

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1. The five modes of transport are motor vehicles, railroad transportation, air transportation, water transportation, and pipelines. (a) Rolls of flat steel for manufacturing appliances: The suitable mode is railroad transportation. (b) Electronic modules used in home appliances is motor vehicles (trucks) (c) Rubber seals and gaskets is motor vehicles (trucks) (d) All other hardware, nuts, bolts and plastic parts needed for manufacturing home appliances is motor vehicles (trucks). The commercial transportation companies that may provide railroad transportation are CSX Transportation, BNSF Railway, and Amtrak. The commercial transportation companies that may provide motor vehicle transportation (trucking) are J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Schneider National, and Old Dominion Freight Line.

2. In case of railroad transport the modal variability is in terms of freight depending on the quantity that is shipped, the urgency required, and point to point ...

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