uses MRO material at the rate of 1,000 pounds each day. The coal comes from

Wyomung and the MRO material comes from Chicago. Coal costs $0.01 per pound,

whereas MRO material costs $10 per pound, on average. Holding costs at the power

plant are 25 percent. Transportation choices available are as follows:

Train

Lead Time = 15 days

Carload (100,000 pounds) at $400 per carload

Full train (70 cars) at $15,000 per train

Truck

Lead time = 4 days

Minimum cost = $100

Upto 10,000 pounds at $0.08 per pound

Between 10,000 and 20,000 pounds at $0.07 per pound for entire load

Between 25,000 and 40,000 pounds at $0.06 per pound for entire load

Small TL (40,000 pounds) for $2,000

Large TL (60,000 pounds) for $2,600

Safety inventory of coal and MRO materials is kept at twice the consumption during

the lead time of supply. What mode of transport do you recommend for each of the

two products? Why?

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