"The XYZ Chemical Company must ship 9,500 gallons of pesticides..." (REST OF QUESTION IS IN DETAILS! :))?

The XYZ Chemical Company must ship 9,500 gallons of pesticides from its plant in Cincinnati, Ohio, to a customer in Columbia, Missouri. XYZ has a contract in place with Henderson Bulk Trucking Company as well as with the Central States Railroad. Both carriers are available for the move. Henderson will charge $600... show more The XYZ Chemical Company must ship 9,500 gallons of pesticides from its plant in Cincinnati, Ohio, to a customer in Columbia, Missouri. XYZ has a contract in place with Henderson Bulk Trucking Company as well as with the Central States Railroad. Both carriers are available for the move. Henderson will charge $600 per tank truck, and Central States’ rate is $1,000 per rail tank car for transport. Henderson trucks can hold a maximum quantity of 7,000 gallons. XYZ has a fleet of 23,500 gallon rail tank cars available in Cincinnati.

a. Given the above information, evaluate the cost of each alternative and determine which mode will provide the lowest unit cost.

b. What other qualitative factors should be considered in this decision?
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