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This project qualitatively estimates the potential impact of 3D printing on the United States metalworking industry. The adoption rate of 3D printing has been increasing in the last few years. On one side are businesses with long development and production lead times, competing in fast-paced industries. Moreover, some businesses are...
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The U.S. energy portfolio is set to undergo drastic change in the coming decades. Policies to reduce emissions combined with growing demand for energy will test existing infrastructure. Large reserves of shale gas provide an attractive near-term solution to help states transition from coal-powered plants to cleaner fuel. Most commercial...
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When it comes to LTL shipping, it can be tough for shippers to get the performance that they expect due to the makeup of LTL networks. On-time performance is dependent on many more factors than in full truckload shipping. Performance often comes down to attributes of the shipment such as...
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On-shelf availability (OSA) is key in the Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) industry. In this project, out of stock (OOS) patterns are identified, grouped, and analyzed in order to gain meaningful insights to improve OSA. The approach is to normalize a time-series dataset, search for similar OOS patterns, and analyze some...
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Apeel Sciences has made it their mission to help eliminate food waste. To do so, they are introducing their exciting new product, EdipeelTM, to market. Edipeel is an edible, natural, flavorless coating that, when applied to the surfaces of fresh fruit, reduces the rate at which produce spoilage occurs. The...
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A CPG company is examining its end-to-end supply chain to find opportunities to optimize both cost and visibility. One minimally tapped source of these opportunities is the inbound supply network. This report studies three design changes to the CPG company’s current inbound supply network, namely: 1) Consolidated Inbound and Outbound...
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Transportation costs constitute an important part of total logistics costs and have a dramatic impact on all kinds of decisions across the supply chain. Accurate estimation of transportation costs can help shippers make better decisions when planning transportation budgets and can help carriers estimate future cash flows. This study develops...
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This capstone assesses the feasibility and potential value of implementing Demand Sensing in the supp ly chain of a major consumer medical device company - Johnson & Johnson Vision Care. Specifically, we explore the potential benefits of incorporating downstream Supply Chain data into forecasting, reducing l atency between Sales and...
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A set of contracts guides every movement of cargo from one point to another. In this thesis, we focus on the contract between the charterer and the ship-owner in the liquid bulk ocean-shipping market. The contracting process begins with the two parties finding each other suitable and ends with one...
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Over the years, supply chain management has continued to change and evolve to become a major component in competitive strategy to enhance organizational productivity and profitability. While considerable research has been done in formulating accurate and robust demand forecasts, many areas for improvement remain in supply chain planning. In particular,...
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Container shipping is one of the most important aspects of the global supply chain. Currently, approximately 60% of all seaborne trade is moved through containers. However, despite the growth in trade, there has been little investment in process improvements which has led to the growth of supply chain issues in...
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Micro and small firms represent the largest percentage of the businesses operating in Latin America having a high employability contribution and a high potential Gross Domestic Product (GDP) impact on the region. However, depending on the context of the country, region and sector nearly one out of four companies fail...
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A multinational chemical company is looking to include duties and duty credits as consideration factors in its production planning. This undertaking requires understanding of not only domestic trading laws but also international trading laws and how trading blocs can affect them. The company’s products are manufactured and shipped across different...
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This capstone project studies route deviations in the last-mile deliveries of a large soft drink company. Last-mile delivery is a critical problem due to its substantial economic impact on operational cost, and deviations from the planned routes can potentially prevent companies from minimizing these costs. We study whether delivery crews...
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Changing regulatory requirements continues to be an increasingly complex issue in the medical device industry. Regulations place stress on regional supply chains across the world. Most recently, the European Parliament issued the Medical Device Regulation (EU) 2017/745 instituting new compliance framework for all devices manufactured, sold, and/or distributed in the...
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The traditional way to reach customers in e-commerce is home delivery. Retailers have expanded fulfillment options to include picking up from a store, locker, 3rd-party collection point, and more. This study focuses on two channels: pick-up from the store and home delivery. Groceries present a unique category for eCommerce due...
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An operations strategy is a method or plan of action that corporations employ to reach their goals. A good strategy enables a company to operate efficiently and use its resources effectively. The purpose of this capstone project is to formulate optimal supply chain operating strategies for demand, sourcing, and distribution...
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In the world of consumer packaged goods (“CPGs”), not all demand is created equal. While Base Demand typically comprises anywhere from 50 – 80% of day-to-day volume, other demand profiles, or replenishment streams, make up the delta. For the purpose of this project, demand patterns for five replenishment streams (Base...
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Piece picking is an integral operation in distribution centres (DCs). The partner company has it as the largest part cost item of DC operations. The current product slotting and assignment planning needs to be improved to improve space utilization and reduce labour expenses. The team approached the problem by using...
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There is a current lack of visibility in the transfer of goods from farmers to oil mills, to manufacturers, to retail outlets and finally to the consumer in the palm oil industry. While leading brands have pledged to commit to a 100% sustainable certification, only 19% of global palm oil...
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The speed at which a manufacturing company analyzes big data and reacts to the market trends can be key to its success. In consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies, a delay in analyzing the huge amounts of data produced could result in missing opportunities to identify patterns that indicate problems, and...
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The project sponsor is a reverse logistics company that provides Returnable Transport Items (RTIs) to large manufacturing companies, distributors and retailers. Its business model is characterized by a unique closed-loop supply chain. The seasonal peak demand for RTIs from June to September negatively impacts service levels and costs. The sponsor...
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Truckload cancellations by carriers are causing disruptions in the trucking industry operations. By extrapolating the findings from the 3PL’s data studied in this research to the whole trucking industry, it is estimated that 32 million cancellations occur every year. These cancellations result in around $4.6 billion extra cost. If these...
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In today's world, the e-commerce market is growing rapidly and becoming more competitive. While any players in the industry are attempting to get their share of pie, consumers are demanding faster deliveries and free shipping. This market growth and change in consumer behavior provides an exciting opportunity for companies to...
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Supply chain network optimization is presently performed by solving a cost minimization problem, without regard for potential revenue generation through endogenous demand. This capstone report analyzes several incarnations of endogenous demand expression and factors these incarnations in network design optimization by modelling the problem with a profit maximization objective. Under...