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This capstone project is sponsored by a water technology company and particularly covers its industrial pump rental business across the United States. With millions of dollars of annual spending for pump mobilization, the company looks for ways to improve the overall asset utilization rate. At its current practice, the company...
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Manufacturing companies are facing serious challenges to survive and succeed in the market in this everchanging economy. The FMCG industry is not unaware of these challenges, and therefore, many leading manufacturing companies are creating initiatives of Smart Manufacturing or Industry 4.0. However, the literature on Digital Manufacturing mainly addresses technical...
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The supply of trucks and drivers is struggling to keep up with the increasing and volatile demand for ground transportation. As a result, for companies like Niagara Bottling LLC., supply chain managers are pressured to optimize their logistics networks. Niagara Bottling is projected to deliver over 1 million full truckloads...
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The trucking industry is crucial to the United States economy. An overwhelming majority of goods transported across the US are moved in trucks. For most companies, truck transportation is a prominent component that impacts their production, warehousing, customer service, and overall business performance. In fact, trucking constitutes one of the...
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The oil and gas industry plays an important role in the world’s Gross Domestic Product by providing energy resources to the world. With the price for oil commodities falling in recent years, oil and gas companies require high operational efficiency in order to maintain profits. Unplanned downtime leads to high...
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Mergers and Acquisitions have become means of a quick transformation for companies while basic guidelines related to resource allocation during a transaction are not available. Therefore, this capstone project set out to determine a mathematical approach with the aim to estimate the number of human resources required to create a...
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The offshore wind industry is expected to be a major contributor to climate change mitigation and renewable energy transition. Supply chain challenges abound in realizing the potential of offshore wind development. This study focuses on devising supply chain strategies especially toward China, to help energy companies fulfil offshore wind development...
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Supply chains continuously face pressure to increase efficiency and differentiation to support business continuity. A not yet fully explored way to face this challenge is coopetition, where two competitor companies decide to partner on specific functions to get benefits and differentiate themselves from other companies. This project uses data from...
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A strong seller’s market in 2017 and 2018 led to dramatically increased costs in transportation due to demand surpassing supply, government regulations, and a shortage of truck drivers. As a result, the carrier rejection rate by primary carriers in the routing guide increased. This research examines the performance of routing...
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The electronic logging device mandate was implemented with the intention of keeping truck drivers in compliance with the hours of service regulations to reduce driver fatigue and trucking accidents. Two years after the electronic logging device mandate became law, there have not been many studies that use trucking operational data...
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This paper concerns a systems-level assessment of the truck-and-drone cooperative delivery system and its integration into urban environments. The analysis is grounded in an assessment of the regulatory environment currently applicable to truck-and-drone logistics, with a particular focus on the state of small unmanned aerial vehicle regulation in the United...
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The containerized ocean freight market has been very volatile due to overcapacity and several disruptive changes. As a global ocean freight forwarder, C.H. Robinson hopes to improve the predictability of the spot ocean freight rates, especially on the Transpacific Eastbound (TPEB) lanes which represent its largest trade volumes. Therefore, this...
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The freight industry creates 8% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions through shipping. If companies measure precisely, they can begin the benchmarking process toward improvement. The Global Logistics Emission Council (GLEC) provides a current consolidated Framework for calculating carbon emissions for freight transportation. Uber Freight, a third party software platform...
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This work studies the impact of innovative last mile delivery solutions on the amount of produced CO2 emissions. An innovative last mile delivery solution is defined as a truck that carries a drone and together in tandem the truck and drone deliver parcels to the set of customers. The problem...
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Product visibility in the medical device supply chain is a challenge for suppliers, distributors, and hospitals. The lack of visibility makes managing inventory complex, and it is made more difficult when businesses have a segregated distribution model. In this model, a surplus of systems collects inventory data at the supply...
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The digital supply chain is rapidly evolving, putting greater pressure on suppliers to adopt to the dynamic demands of the buyers. This paper explores how supply chain complexities and buyer-supplier relationships as a complex adaptive system interact with an integrated and enacted external environment and drive the key supply chain...
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Pilot Freight Services, traditionally a bulk cargo freight forwarder in the US, is in the process of expanding their business to provide last-mile delivery (LMD) services. This capstone project helps Pilot improve the performance of their LMD operations through higher visibility and elimination of efficiencies. First, an understanding of Pilot’s...
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Rising inventory costs is an ongoing challenge for any firm. These costs are of special significance to retail firms like Coppel, whose inventory investments are typically high and margins are slim. Inventory risk pooling is a strategy that is often ignored but can help bring significant cost reduction without affecting...
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Drones have the potential to be major players in the field of last-mile delivery, especially with the rise of e-commerce. However, they face several technological and regulatory restrictions for large-scale implementation. Combining drones with traditional ground delivery vehicles can bridge this gap while achieving significant improvements in distribution cost and...
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In the manufacturing industry, short-term production planning and scheduling requires multiple trade-offs to account for service targets, capacity utilization, setup, on-time delivery, costs and profit. If many SKUs flow in the same production line, the challenge is how to plan and schedule in such a way that an optimal trade-off...
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In Latin America, micro, small, and medium firms represent about 99% of businesses and more than 70% of employment, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Despite their number, these firms face a low survival rate: per the Small Business Administration, only 50% are still in business after...
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The intrinsic competitive nature of the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry have made it a priority for companies to maximize profitability by aggressive cost-cutting measures in the context of growing material cost, surging labor expenses and increasing demand for product customization. While exploring optimization opportunities in outbound logistics management, which...
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Inventory visibility has been a primary concern for corporate supply chains for decades. Utilizing inventory location and time data is particularly important for pharmaceutical companies, as is the sponsor, that have an ethical and legal responsibility to protect consumers from risky pharmaceutical products in the market. Until recently, pharmaceutical companies...
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The growing urban population over the past few years has created many challenges for last mile distribution, such as traffic congestion, pollution, and lack of parking space availability. With the advent of e-commerce industry, the volumes for last mile delivery are growing consistently. As firms struggle to provide competitive delivery...
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In a commodity consumer product business, such as bottled water, the customer has the power. Therefore, the business incurs whatever cost necessary to meet demand. To reduce the cost of fulfilling demand and of stockout, businesses must thoughtfully set inventory safety stock levels to compensate for potential spikes in demand...