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Distribution of spare parts at Gambro - solving the problem with fluctuating demand

Doweyko Jurkowski, Tomasz (2010) MTT820
Engineering Logistics
Abstract
<b>Purpose</b> - A general purpose of this thesis can be defined as to examine and evaluate the possibilities to solve the problem with fluctuating demand on spare parts from the local sales subsidiaries in the three big markets in Europe. A secondary, more specific, purpose of this thesis is to investigate what the possibilities are to implement direct distribution of spare parts to these countries and what the implications of such an action would be.<br>
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<b>Method</b> - The research approach of this thesis can be described to be one of investigational nature. An in-depth study of the current distribution structure and its relevant correlated aspects was conducted with the aim of getting a full understanding of the situation as it... (More)
<b>Purpose</b> - A general purpose of this thesis can be defined as to examine and evaluate the possibilities to solve the problem with fluctuating demand on spare parts from the local sales subsidiaries in the three big markets in Europe. A secondary, more specific, purpose of this thesis is to investigate what the possibilities are to implement direct distribution of spare parts to these countries and what the implications of such an action would be.<br>
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<b>Method</b> - The research approach of this thesis can be described to be one of investigational nature. An in-depth study of the current distribution structure and its relevant correlated aspects was conducted with the aim of getting a full understanding of the situation as it is present today. This was followed by quantitative and qualitative analyses of the gathered data, with the purpose to define possible future distribution structures and discuss the implications of an implementation of these.<br>
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<b>Conclusion</b> - This thesis has shown that fluctuating demand, characterized by occasional high demand peeks in the order pattern of the local sales subsidiaries in Germany and France cause problems at the DCs in Sweden and Italy. As a consequence availability issues are generated at the DC level. Two different distribution structures have in this thesis been suggested to deal with these issues: a periodic consumption-based replenishment of the local warehouses and a direct distribution solution comprising spare part deliveries directly to service technicians and customers. The recommendation is that Gambro adopts a two-step implementation plan with the direct delivery solution constituting the second and final step. (Less)
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author
Doweyko Jurkowski, Tomasz
supervisor
organization
course
MTT820
year
type
M1 - University Diploma
subject
keywords
Gambro, Spare parts, Customer service, Distribution, Logistics, Supply Chain Management
language
English
additional info
ISRN LUTMDN/TMTP--5694--SE
id
1580383
date added to LUP
2010-03-26 11:50:48
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2010-03-26 11:50:48
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  abstract     = {<b>Purpose</b> -  A general purpose of this thesis can be defined as to examine and evaluate the possibilities to solve the problem with fluctuating demand on spare parts from the local sales subsidiaries in the three big markets in Europe. A secondary, more specific, purpose of this thesis is to investigate what the possibilities are to implement direct distribution of spare parts to these countries and what the implications of such an action would be.<br>
<br>
<b>Method</b> - The research approach of this thesis can be described to be one of investigational nature. An in-depth study of the current distribution structure and its relevant correlated aspects was conducted with the aim of getting a full understanding of the situation as it is present today. This was followed by quantitative and qualitative analyses of the gathered data, with the purpose to define possible future distribution structures and discuss the implications of an implementation of these.<br>
<br>
<b>Conclusion</b> - This thesis has shown that fluctuating demand, characterized by occasional high demand peeks in the order pattern of the local sales subsidiaries in Germany and France cause problems at the DCs in Sweden and Italy. As a consequence availability issues are generated at the DC level. Two different distribution structures have in this thesis been suggested to deal with these issues: a periodic consumption-based replenishment of the local warehouses and a direct distribution solution comprising spare part deliveries directly to service technicians and customers. The recommendation is that Gambro adopts a two-step implementation plan with the direct delivery solution constituting the second and final step.},
  author       = {Doweyko Jurkowski, Tomasz},
  keyword      = {Gambro,Spare parts,Customer service,Distribution,Logistics,Supply Chain Management},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Distribution of spare parts at Gambro - solving the problem with fluctuating demand},
  year         = {2010},
}