e-Transit: Electronic Business Strategies for Public Transportation, Volume 1, Supply Chain: Parts and Inventory Management

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infrastructure - vehicle, land use - planning, organisation - management, mode - bus


Asset management, Business practices, Electronic business strategies, Inventory control, Parts, Public transit, Strategic planning, Supply chain management, Vehicle fleets


This report examines the supply-chain concept and identifies supply-chain strategies used by non-transit fleets to reduce investments in parts and inventory while increasing fleet availability. Report areas covered include a clarification of supply-chain terms, discussion of the impact of asset management decisions on parts and inventory management needs, and strategies for streamlining the supply chain. Non-transit fleets with practices identified for emulation include utility fleets, state departments of transportation fleets, private-sector motor carriers, and the U.S. military.


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