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Inventory planning is one of the most important processes in supply chain management that plays an important role in the success of an Engineer-to-Order (ETO) business. Supply chain and inventory managers in ETO businesses always face challenges in determining an appropriate inventory level because of the uncertainty nature of the...
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The Demand Driven Material Requirement Planning (DDMRP) was introduced in 2011 to improve the performance of supply chain planning. The Demand Driven Institute (DDI) reports that DDMRP reduces the inventory levels by 31% (median) while improving the service level by 13% (median) and reducing the customer order lead time. Such...
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The United States beer industry operates, by law, under a three-tier distribution network. MillerCoors [SAC1] has made the strategic decision to open distribution centers across the United States to handle complexity while maintaining service levels. Opening new distribution centers, and introducing a new tier to the supply chain, requires MillerCoors...
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As more of the world’s population moves to cities, urban logistics becomes increasingly important to a company’s distribution operations. Urban distribution network studies must address the same strategic questions as traditional large-scale distribution networks including sizing and locating distribution facilities and determining which facilities should serve which customers. These studies...
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With an aim to avoid stock-outs, retail pharmacy business constantly deals with the problem of inventory build-up across the supply chain. There are myriad reasons for the rise in inventory such as promotions and forecasting errors. While there is a need to improve the forecasting accuracies with better data coming...
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In previous decades the postal sector experienced drastic changes. Liberalization and digitization resulted in a continuous mail market decline. Simultaneously the rise of Internet resulted in a booming e-commerce parcel delivery market. To cope with these ongoing market developments Postal Operators (POs) need to rigorously restructure their delivery networks frequently...
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While festivals bring a reason to cheer for everyone, businesses dealing with a spike in demand for perishables may have to live with the misery of lost sales and/or expired items. In the case of the dairy industry that deals with liquid milk, both raw material, and finished goods are...
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As urbanization and e-commerce continue to grow at a rapid rate, companies are rethinking the way they operate their final-mile distribution networks to prepare for the scaling of their costs. How can companies leverage their existing e-commerce distribution networks to fulfill demand across multiple service offerings, and should they jointly...
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E-commerce and store fulfilment operations have traditionally been held separate as multichannel supply chains because of their different operational requirements. Omnichannel distribution makes inventory available to several distribution channels that were traditionally kept separate. Separate channels have overlaps, higher transportation costs and do not allow the same customer experience as...
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Due to the use of petroleum-based fuel, the transportation sector is one of the two principal contributors to greenhouse gas emissions and its contributions are expected to double by 2050. Freight sector contributes to around 30% of all transport related CO 2 emissions. Since different type of vehicles exhibit different...
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With the globalization of trade, transit time reliability has become a critical point in the shipping industry as irregularities will lead to more delays further down the supply chain. Our sponsoring company, A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S (Maersk) provides freight forwarding services to its clients, offering them a complete set...
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The sponsoring company, wants to review their raw material ordering policy and production plan for one of their product segments. This product faces a high degree of volatility in demand and the company currently orders one month of demand worth of products from the suppliers. The suppliers offer incremental discounts...
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Pharmaceuticals account for over hundreds of billions of dollars of the global annual healthcare expenditure. Inventory management is essential for the financial health of the retail pharmaceutical industry. The retail pharmacy studied in this research, faced a challenge managing high-performance inventory policies. This capstone project aims to determine how a...
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The apparel industry is facing significant challenges. Today’s consumers have less patience to wait, and omnichannel retailing is the new norm. This requires the entire apparel supply chain to become more agile, which means that stakeholders need to have better visibility, speed and flexibility . While supply chain digitalization helps...
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The tender rejection rate by primary carriers for the TMC division of CH Robinson nearly doubled from 2015-16 to 2017-18. An increase in tender rejection rates directly results in an increase in transportation costs for shippers. Increasing demand in the market from 2015 to 2018 was a major cause of...
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Same-day delivery is an increasingly relevant logistics service because of a continued boom in e- commerce. As customer orders are submitted dynamically during the day, companies need to dispatch vehicles from distribution centers to fulfill these orders as they come in. Given their advantages over conventional vehicles such as direct...
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The assortment of products that a company offers is one aspect that affects the complexity of their supply chain: the greater number of products, the greater the complexity. This project aims to measure how reducing the number of products affect the multi-compartment fleet size in a construction chemical industry company....
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The United States freight spot market moves in patterns consistent with general economic fluctuations within the broader macro-economy. While the spot market does follow general trends, there is an underlying belief that pricing fluctuations occur as a result of external events. These external events, such as natural disasters, market holidays,...
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Complexity arises as products can take multiple transportation paths that flow from manufacturing sites through to different distribution centers and onward to the end customer destination. Changing transportation costs and volatile tariff rates exacerbate this complexity, as established product flows may become sub-optimal from a cost perspective. Optimization models can...
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Americans are the second largest consumers of seafood globally but more than 90% of the seafood consumed is imported, causing the seafood supply chain to be long, opaque, and complex. This gives rise to several concerns such as intentional mislabeling, species substitution, illegal unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, unsustainable fishing...
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Innovation Strategies: Upcycling can take sustainable supply chains beyond recycling The industry can improve its environmental performance by increasing the volume of product it recycles. But there is another, less well-known strategy available that is attracting attention: upcycling.
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Abstract: Exploring Blockchain-based smart contracts: We explore how blockchain-based smart contracts may automate the monitoring and execution of demurrage clauses in logistics. Building on the legal framework for the ocean transportation of bulk commodities, we outline the benefits and challenges in streamlining the demurrage process. Our findings suggest that while...
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Fulfillment strategies that offer consumers a consistent shopping experience across different channels and devices through a variety of last-mile delivery options have emerged as a powerful engine for growth in the retail sector. To thrive in this new environment, retailers need to (re)configure their last-mile supply networks to achieve better...
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Although the benefits of horizontal collaboration have been well documented in the literature, research has yet to offer a detailed understanding of the mechanisms that firms employ to create successful horizontal collaboration. Further, the role of logistics clusters in facilitating horizontal collaboration is crucial but not clear yet. This paper...
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How Relevant is Latin America? Challenges and Opportunities. Latin America is a well recognized and growing market, but its poor infrastructure, explosive urbanization, expensive and inefficient logistics, and multiple social problems continue to pose major problems to logistics professionals and academics. The uniqueness and complexity of these issues have long...