Exercise 1 Transporting Fruits at Future Logistics Future Logistics (FL) ships avocados and mangos once a week from Queensland to Sydney. This morning they have 39 tons of avocados and 36 tons of mangos on hand. The fruits all go to the Fruit Market in Sydney and therefore can be mixed on the company’s three trucks. The capacities of the three trucks are 27, 31, and 28 tons, respectively. To make it easy for transportation, fruits are packed in 20 pound cartons. Assume that there are 2000 pounds in a ton, so that 39 tons of avocado are packed into 3900 cartons, and 36 tons of mangos are packed into 3600 cartons. The travelling costs of the trucks are negligible and independent of what fruits they ship; all three trucks will be used in this shipment. Spoilage occurs during the transportation of fruit from Queensland to Sydney. Because of differences in their refrigeration systems, the fruit losses differ by truck as follows: Table 1. Percentage Losses in Transit Truck no. Avocado Mango 1 5 10 2 4 12 3 3 11 For example, 5% of avocados in each carton placed in truck 1 and 11% of the mangoes placed in truck 3 will be spoiled upon arrival in Sydney. FL sells the unspoiled avocadoes for $20 per carton and unspoiled mangoes for $32 per carton. Because of spoilage during transport to Sydney, however, FL must discount the amounts for which it sells cartons of fruit. For example, because 5% of the avocados shipped in truck 1 will be spoiled by the time they reach Sydney, FL will be able to sell cartons shipped on truck 1 for only $20*(1-0.05) = $19. Similarly, because 11% of the mangoes shipped on truck 3 will have spoiled, FL can sell cartons of mangoes shipped on truck 3 for only $32*(1-0.11) = $28.48. As such, the number of cartons of each fruit loaded on each truck will impact its revenue from selling fruits in Sydney. Let A1, A2, and A3 be the number of cartons of avocado loaded on trucks 1, 2, and 3, respectively, and let M1, M2, and M3 be the numbers of cartons of mango loaded on trucks 1, 2, and 3, respectively. Questions: (a) Suppose that FL plans to put the same number of cartons for each fruit on each truck, in other words, suppose that FL sets A1 = A2 = A3 = 1300 and M1 = M2 = M3 = 1200. Is this a feasible plan? (b) Irrespective of whether or not the plan in part (a) is feasible, what is the total revenue that FL would earn under this plan? (c) Intuitively, do you think the plan in part (a) is a good plan? Why or why not? (d) Suppose FL plans to fill up truck 1 with mangos because truck 1 has the lowest spoilage rate for mango, fill up truck 3 with avocados because truck 3 has the lowest spoilage rate for avocados, and then put all the remaining fruit to truck 2. What is the resulted plan? Is this plan feasible? What is the total revenue? (e) How should FL load the avocado and mango to the three trucks, in order to maximize its total revenue? What is the maximized total revenue? Use the Excel file “Exercise1_StartFile.xlsx” as a template to set up a spreadsheet containing FL’s data, and solve the above questions. For questions (d) and (e), please include a screenshot of your Excel spreadsheet showing the results. Please provide Excel Solutions with Screenshots, This is question is related to Logistics System

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Question (a):

Suppose that FL plans to put the same number of cartons for each fruit on each truck. In other words, FL sets A1 = A2 = A3 = 1300 and M1 = M2 = M3 = 1200.

To determine if this is a feasible plan, calculate the total weight of avocados and mangos loaded on each truck and compare it to the truck’s capacity.

Calculate the total weight of avocados on each truck:

Total avocado weight on truck 1 (A1): 1300 cartons * (20 pounds/carton) / 2000 pounds/ton = 13 tons

Similarly, calculate A2 and A3.

Calculate the total weight of mangos on each truck:

Total mango weight on truck 1 (M1): 1200 cartons * (20 pounds/carton) / 2000 pounds/ton = 12 tons

Similarly, calculate M2 and M3.

Compare the total weight of avocados and mangos on each truck to their respective capacities (27, 31, and 28 tons). If all values are less than or equal to the truck’s capacity, then the plan is feasible.

Question (b): Calculate the total revenue that FL would earn under the plan from part (a). To do this, consider the spoilage rates and the discounted prices for avocados and mangos on each truck.

Calculate the revenue for avocados on each truck:

Revenue for avocados on truck 1 = A1 (1 – spoilage rate for avocados on truck 1) price per carton for avocados

Similarly, calculate for A2 and A3.

Calculate the revenue for mangos on each truck:

Revenue for mangos on truck 1 = M1 (1 – spoilage rate for mangos on truck 1) price per carton for mangos

Similarly, calculate for M2 and M3.

Sum the revenues for avocados and mangos on all three trucks to get the total revenue.

Question (c): Provide your intuition on whether the plan in part (a) is a good plan, considering factors like spoilage rates and revenue.

Question (d): Suppose FL plans to fill up truck 1 with mangos (lowest spoilage rate for mango), truck 3 with avocados (lowest spoilage rate for avocados), and then put all the remaining fruit on truck 2.

Calculate the number of cartons of each fruit that can be loaded on trucks 1 and 3 based on their capacities and spoilage rates.

Calculate the number of cartons for each fruit that should be loaded on truck 2 with the remaining space.

Determine if this plan is feasible based on the capacities of the trucks.

Calculate the total revenue under this plan.

Question (e): Determine how FL should load avocados and mangos on the three trucks to maximize its total revenue. You can set up an optimization problem in Excel using Solver to find the optimal allocation of fruits to trucks. The objective is to maximize total revenue while considering spoilage rates and capacities.

For questions (d) and (e), you can include a screenshot of your Excel spreadsheet showing the results after using Solver to find the optimal allocation.

I recommend setting up your Excel sheet step by step and using Solver for optimization. If you have specific questions or encounter issues during the process, please feel free to ask for further assistance.

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