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Förslaget inkom 2011-05-31

How to calculate filling degree in transports

Volvo Logistics designs, handles and develops comprehensive business logistics systems for the automotive industry the world over. We have all the necessary logistics areas in-house -inbound, outbound and emballage- and this creates the ideal preconditions for customer order-managed production on a large scale, making us a unique logistics partner. We are represented by more than 1200 staff throughout Europe, North and South America, and Asia. We harness the very best partner in each individual case for all haulage requirements, selecting from our global network of first-class transport specialists. As a wholly owned subsidiary within the Volvo Group, all aspects of our work are characterised by the well-known core values of quality, safety and environmental care.

Volvo Logistics uses filling degree as a measure of transport efficiency throughout the organization. This is calculated to evaluate to what degree the trucks or containers are filled with goods, packaging or finished products. This measurement is used in several parts of our operation and especially when following up our suppliers’ performance regarding both cost and environmental efficiency. Filling degree is calculated in the day-to-day operation but also on a yearly basis where all suppliers are evaluated. The filling degree is followed up and communicated both internally and externally to our customers.

There are several ways to calculate the filling degree and different companies use different models. The filling degree is affected by numerous factors, such as transport mode, weight or volume limitations etc. The implications of the different calculation methods and factors are that Volvo Logistics does not have a common way to calculate filling degree, across goods types and transport modes. At the same time, the suppliers of Volvo Logistics use different methods. Together, these differences in calculation methodology can cause discrepancy and errors in our reporting of filling degree and emissions.

This master’s thesis project will focus on evaluating how VLC should calculate the filling degree, depending on specific circumstances with the objective to develop a more standardized method.

Please use our company website when applying for this position, see link bellow and thesis for Volvo Logistics.


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