Transportation and Consolidation at Elevalt Ltd

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Jeremy Hutchison-Krupat

University of Cambridge - Judge Business School

Rebecca Goldberg

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Tarun Keswani

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Abstract

Chris Summers knew he had an important set of recommendations to make regarding his company's strategic operations. Summers had been with Elevalt Ltd. (EVT)—a leading oil field services (OFS) company based in Austin, Texas—for nearly five years. As VP of supply chain management, he often made decisions that had a material impact on the way the company conducted operations. But this was the first time EVT had ever considered consolidating its distribution centers (DCs) in Europe or Africa, which represented a new challenge and a new set of risks. The possibility of a new, centralized distribution center was a hot topic due to EVT's goal of reducing costs while still maintaining a high level of customer service. Summers's main concern was presenting a clear, well-reasoned analysis of what he saw as the best options going forward as well as his assessment of each of the possible solutions. It was important that Summers's recommendation to senior leadership was comprehensive because this issue had become a key priority for EVT, and the outcome would reflect heavily on Summers's capability as a manager.

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UVA-OM-1490

Rev. Aug. 12, 2014

TRANSPORTATION AND CONSOLIDATION AT ELEVALT LTD.

Chris Summers knew he had an important set of recommendations to make regarding his company's strategic operations. Summers had been with Elevalt Ltd. (EVT)—a leading oil field services (OFS) company based in Austin, Texas—for nearly five years. As VP of supply chain management, he often made decisions that had a material impact on the way the company conducted operations. But this was the first time EVT had ever considered consolidating its distribution centers (DCs) in Europe or Africa, which represented a new challenge and a new set of risks. The possibility of a new, centralized distribution center was a hot topic due to EVT's goal of reducing costs while still maintaining a high level of customer service. Summers's main concern was presenting a clear, well-reasoned analysis of what he saw as the best options going forward as well as his assessment of each of the possible solutions. It was important that Summers's recommendation to senior leadership was comprehensive because this issue had become a key priority for EVT, and the outcome would reflect heavily on Summers's capability as a manager.

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Keywords: customer service, supply chain management, distribution centers, oil and gas extraction, strategic operations

Suggested Citation

Hutchison-Krupat, Jeremy and Goldberg, Rebecca and Keswani, Tarun, Transportation and Consolidation at Elevalt Ltd. Darden Case No. UVA-OM-1490. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2974996

Jeremy Hutchison-Krupat (Contact Author)

University of Cambridge - Judge Business School ( email )

Trumpington Street
Cambridge, CB2 1AG
United Kingdom

Rebecca Goldberg

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
United States

Tarun Keswani

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
United States

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