What relationship(s) exist between transport and other business functions in a firm?
Transport has a very important role to play in a business that is involved in manufacturing any product. The business needs to acquire raw material that it would use for manufacture. An efficient facility for transportation of raw materials can help the business acquire raw material at the lowest possible cost and choose alternatives that would serve it best.
Transport is also essential to sell the finished products. The business either has to deliver its products to large wholesalers and leave the task of further distribution to them or if it has adequate facilities to transport the products, the wholesaler can be eliminated and products directly delivered to the retailers. Also, efficient transport facilities can help the company benefit from better rates available in markets located away from its production facilities.