This paper reports on the development of a time-driven activity-based costing (TDABC) model in a small-sized road transport and logistics company. Activity-based costing (ABC) leads to increased accuracy benefiting decision-making, but the costs of implementation can be high. TDABC tries to overcome some of the disadvantages of ABC and seems particularly useful for the road transport and logistics sector. We find that small firms can benefit from TDABC because of the use of simplified parameters. However, the lack of quantitative data on cost drivers remains a problem. To enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of TDABC, a thorough redesign of the company's recording system is recommended.

cost and performance benchmarking, time-driven activity-based costing, transport and logistics management
dx.doi.org/10.1080/13675567.2012.742043, hdl.handle.net/1765/83520
International Journal of Logistics: research and applications

Somapa, S, Cools, M.L, & Dullaert, W. (2012). Unlocking the potential of time-driven activity-based costing for small logistics companies. International Journal of Logistics: research and applications, 15(5), 303–322. doi:10.1080/13675567.2012.742043