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Issue 2/ 2014, article 9

Adam Redmer

Poznan University of Technology, Poznan, Poland



Background: Fleets constitute the most important production means in transportation. Their appropriate management is crucial for all companies having transportation duties. The paper is the first one of a series of three papers that the author dedicates to the strategic vehicle fleet management topic.

Methods: The paper discusses ways of fulfilling company's transportation needs (MAKE-or-BUY problem). It means
the choice between using company's own and outside fleet (buying transportation services in a market). The essence of the MAKE-or-BUY problem lies in a time dependency, a seasonal nature of transportation needs. It leads to the MAKE-and-BUY solutions including utilization of both in-house and outside fleets. In the paper an original mathematical model
(an optimization method) allowing for the MAKE-and-BUY analysis is proposed.

Results: An application of the proposed optimization method in a real-life decision situation (the case study) within
the Polish environment and the obtained solution are presented. The solution shows a low economic justification
for using the MAKE option in practice. Especially when a fleet composed of brand new vehicles is considered.

Conclusions: The paper will be continued in two further papers dedicated to strategic vehicle fleet management problems including fleet sizing / composition and fleet replacement.

Keywords: management, optimization, fleet, vehicle, transport, make-or-buy

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For citation:

MLA Redmer, Adam. "Strategic vehicle fleet management - the make or buy problem." Logforum 10.2 (2014): 9.
APA Adam Redmer (2014). Strategic vehicle fleet management - the make or buy problem. Logforum 10 (2), 9.
ISO 690 REDMER, Adam. Strategic vehicle fleet management - the make or buy problem. Logforum, 2014, 10.2: 9.
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