Abstract The aim of this Master Thesis is to design an optimized inbound supply chain for a plant and supplier network of a tier-one automotive supplier. The thesis is structured in four parts. In the first part structure variants of supply chains are discussed. The second part concentrates on process variants with a special focus on optimized and synchronized inbound supply chains. The third part of the thesis deals with the evaluation of supply chains especially in regards to performance measurements. Different evaluation methods are analyzed and compared. Based on the existing models, an own set of measurements for the evaluation of an inbound transport network is derived which is applied on the case study. The fourth part of the thesis focuses on network optimization. Three different network scenarios, considering bi-weekly and weekly delivery frequencies are evaluated in regards to transport costs and CO2 emissions. In the second step the scenarios are assessed with a modified and extended version of the Total Cost of Fulfilment method. Based on these analyses an optimal scenario is identified.