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Analysis of In-Transit Visibility as a Method of Reducing Material Lost in Shipment
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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The purpose of this thesis is to evaluate the impact that improved in-transit visibility, obtained through implementation of the Defense Total Asset Visibility DTAV plan and the Global Transportation Network GTN, will have on reducing material lost in shipment. This research utilizes financial data generated aboard Navy ships outfitted with the Shipboard Uniform Automated Data Processing System SUADPS to determine the extent of material lost in shipment and to evaluate the possible savings that could be derived through improving material visibility at the requisitioner user level. The existing methods used to track material are reviewed, weaknesses and deficiencies are identified, potential savings are analyzed using linear regression analysis. The Defense Total Asset Visibility Plan DTAV and Global Transportation Network GTN are introduced, and available methods of accessing, improved intransit visibility data are discussed. This analysis concludes that improved in-transit visibility can reduce material lost in shipment through better control of assets in the transportation pipeline and improved receipt processing at receiving activities. In-transit visibility, ITV, Global transportation network, GTN, Defense total asset visibility plan, DTAV, Streamlined automated logistics transmission system, SALTS, Shipboard uniform automated data processing system, SUADPS.
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