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The tender acceptance rate significantly decreased between 2019 and 2021 for our capstone sponsor, Aqua Deal, a bottled beverage manufacturer. This poor primary carrier performance led to increased use of the spot market, higher transportation costs, and lower carrier service levels for Aqua Deal. In addition, during the COVID-19 pandemic...
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As the fuel economy of vehicles increases, both costs and carbon emissions can be reduced. However, understanding what drives the fuel economy of semi-trucks is a challenging feat due to the number of variables involved. This capstone analyzed 21 variables related to the efficiency of semi-trucks to determine how they...
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Large Food and Beverage retail chains often manage diverse sets of products and markets, where one- size-fits-all supply chain operating models are insufficient to meet their distinct requirements. In collaboration with a global retailer, the main objective of this study is to identify distinguishable supply chain segments based on product...
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Avetta, a supply chain risk management & compliance firm, is introducing a new ESG (Environmental, Social, & Governance) offering to better support clients on their sustainability journeys, as they look to increase transparency and ensure compliance across the supply chain. In support of this new program, Avetta requires an understanding...
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Plastic waste has been a growing source of environmental concern, and the CPG industry is the largest consumer of plastic while also having the highest plastic consumption to waste ratio. Consequently, under greater levels of public scrutiny, many CPG firms have publicly committed to source fractions of their plastic consumption...
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Maintaining high on-time delivery performance is critical for third-party logistics providers. Not only does reliable on-time delivery function as a competitive edge and allow logistics providers to serve their customers more effectively, but it can also improve operational efficiency for the provider itself. Our sponsor company is a third-party logistics...
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In every company, determining an optimal inventory level balances the desired service level with the costs of holding too much inventory. For the medical device industry, the stakes are high as risks in the supply chain of devices used by hospitals and operating rooms can have a devastating impact. In...
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Globalization, demand uncertainty, and shorter life cycles have increased the risks in pharmaceutical supply chains. To mitigate these risks, firms can carry safety stock. Classic theory on stochastic safety stock strategies assume that demand forecast errors are normally distributed with no bias or, in other words, have an expected value...
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Today, small retailers in Latin America account for 70% of the market share. Convenience stores play a crucial role, as people look for more convenience with modern lifestyles. Most of these stores are managed by people without experience or formal education in business management. A challenging problem for small retailers...
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Millions of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) fail every year in the United States, and in many instances the root cause of failure is more often due to operational inefficiencies than external factors. One way SMEs can overcome operational inefficiencies is by implementing inventory management strategies, such as modularization and...
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Shippers utilize routing guides to tender shipments to carriers at contracted rates. They also tender loads on the spot market, where they compete with other shippers for carrier capacity and market pricing. Although previous studies have looked at routing guides and shipper procurement practices, none have explored the resiliency of...
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The automotive industry is an exemplary leader in the use of returnable cases for the transportation of inbound freight. Their use reduces the need of expensive and expendable packing and contributes to lower greenhouse gas emissions. However, the utilization of returnable cases is hindered when there is high variability in...
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In the United States, long-haul trucking is the main mode of transportation of goods. The trucking industry has been facing a shortage of drivers in the past few years and it is only increasing every year. Previous studies have found that multiple reasons are contributing to the driver shortage. These...
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The pharmaceutical industry relies on cold chain supply infrastructure to preserve the integrity of temperature-sensitive products. Specifically, passive controlled temperature solutions present an increased challenge as the inherent uncertainty of ambient temperatures and process lead time variations in the delivery dramatically increase the risk of inactivating the product. Despite the...
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Ocean freight represents more than 70% of the global trade by volume. Given the price increases in transportation rates, companies are more interested in driving efficiencies and cost optimizations through supply chain synchronization. In this document, synchronization refers to the optimal coordination of transportation costs, inventory, and service level, while...
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According to an OECD report, micro and small enterprises (MSEs) constitute 99.5% of all firms in Latin America and employ approximately 60% of the LATAM population. However, despite their economic and social importance, MSEs are subject to high failure rates, primarily stemming from low productivity, lack of managerial skills and...
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As more and more multinational companies are exploring low-cost countries to purchase commodities from, it has become critical for companies to calculate the total landed cost before making a purchasing decision. This capstone project establishes a model for the sourcing team of GE Gas Power to capture costs such as...
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Inventory management is one of the key elements of supply chain management for any organization to manage costs versus service level tradeoffs. Product segmentation for inventory is therefore a key lever for inventory management. Traditionally, this segmentation is done using only a single criterion. This paper presents a framework that...
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With air passenger traffic projected to increase significantly over the following decades, the airline catering industry urgently needs to explore the underlying causes of food waste produced in their kitchens and develop concrete strategies to manage it better going forward. Spanning over 60+ countries, operating 200+ catering units, and serving...
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The trucking industry hauled 72.5% of all freight transported in the U.S. and served an essential function in transporting cargo nationwide from one place to another. Recently, the industry has suffered from significant disruption, such as a shortage of drivers and carriers. One of the leading causes of these issues...
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Companies make inventory decisions based on well-established safety stock methodologies. In these methodologies, a key assumption is that transit times are normally distributed. Although previous studies have shown a nonnormality in transit time distributions in ocean freight, it is still unclear how transit time is distributed in land freight and...
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Due to high congestion in cities and growing demand for last-mile delivery services, several companies have been implementing two-echelon distribution strategies over the past few years. Notably, the installation of urban transshipment points has gained increasing attention, used by logistics operators to transfer goods from large freight trucks to smaller...
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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have democratized access to higher education, but low entry and exit barriers make dropout rates in these courses much higher than in traditional in-person courses. Previous research has explored the main factors driving student dropout and proposed predictive models to identify students at risk. However...
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The operational design and planning of drone-based logistics models is a rapidly growing area of scientific research. In this paper, we present a structured, comprehensive, and scalable framework for classifying drone-based delivery systems and their associated routing problems along with a comprehensive review and synthesis of the extant academic literature...
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Last year, when the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic was still escalating, we expected the crisis to dampen companies’ enthusiasm for investing in supply chain sustainability (SCS). Enterprises would surely divert all their attention to combating the pandemic. Remarkably, the survey results suggest that Covid-19 did not significantly slow the push to make supply chains more sustainable. More than 80% of survey respondents in this year’s report claimed the crisis had no impact or increased their firm’s commitments to SCS.