Assessment of Limestone Distribution Effectiveness: The Case of Guder Limestone Factory.

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Addis Ababa University


The purpose of distribution is fundamentally concerned with ensuring that products reach target customers in the most direct, in the right quantity, at the right time, and cost-efficient manner. Distribution is mainly designed to flow the products through the best configuration of the network to fill customers’ demand with minimum total cost. Most activities involved in this process include order handling, information processing, inventory control, storage, and transportation. However, distribution effectiveness in supply chain management is affected by different factors. The main objective of this study looked into assessing and identifying challenges that affect the limestone distribution effectiveness in supply chain management, the case of the Gudar lime factory, West Shoa Zone. For this research objective, the study adopted a qualitative and quantitative method. However, the primary data were collected from 95 employees working in Gudar limestone factories, woreda agriculture office, Primary cooperative agency, and Kebele administration by using Likert scale type questioner as measuring instrument collection of data. Then, the collected data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. The finding of the study indicated that the limestone distribution effectiveness in supply chain management affected by lack of coordination among stakeholders, lack of fulfillment of demand request, lack of sufficient warehouse construction, lack of awareness on inventory and warehouse management, lack of appropriate dispatching procedure; poor transportation availability and carrying capacity, poor road network, and lack of using information technology for detecting truck location. According to FGD, Key informant interview and physical observation indicated that the limestone distribution from the factory warehouse to the Woreda agriculture office and the cooperative agency was taken as a direct distribution method and implemented by government organizations. There is no whole sealers or retailer between the factory and the Woreda Agriculture and the cooperative agency.



Distribution, Effectiveness, limestone, GLF