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Manufacturing companies are under pressure to build faster and more efficient decision-making capabilities due to the rapidly changing customer demand and expectations. The conventional analytical models are no longer sufficient to capture the complexities of the supply chain. Companies are looking to embark in a digital transformation to address these...
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The production growth and short life cycle of plastics has created concerns around its waste management process. Despite efforts to increase recycling over the years, the rate of recycling does not come close to the rate of plastics production. This capstone project develops an innovative and convenient business model that...
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This capstone addresses how an FMCG company should go about automating inbound decision making in one of their warehouses. The capstone focuses only on the inbound side of the distribution center because it was determined that it was an area with big opportunities for improvement. Efficiency inside a warehouse depends...
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The transportation sector is the third largest contributor to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, accounting for over 28% of total U.S. emissions and over 14% of global emissions in 2018. As climate change and its negative effects have grown significantly, efforts to reduce GHG emissions have become an important objective on...
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Supply chain networks in the retail industry have become increasingly complex, giving rise to challenges in product flow from distribution centers to fulfillment locations. Product allocation, in particular, has emerged as a critical challenge for grocery retail companies as it helps them determine the shipping location and the shipping type...
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The truckload transportation industry is an established industry, in the US, with annual revenue for for-hire truckload reaching greater than 300 billion dollars in 2019. A major problem encountered by for-hire truckload carriers is a sudden, unexpected and sustained reduction in shipment volume over lanes referred to as ‘churn’. Churn...
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WHO reports that in the South Asian region, the number of undernourished has hardly decreased in the last decade. This situation calls for a concerted effort to combat malnutrition the world over. The effort must be grounded in nutrition and executed through a robust distribution mechanism to reach all segments...
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Demand planning is a challenging component for organizations across a broad spectrum of industries. A key element of a successful demand plan is accurate forecasting, due in part to the operational decisions that are made based on the results of forecasting models. This is what our capstone project sponsor, Agility...
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Improving efficiency and sustainability in logistics and transportation has been a strategic priority for companies and countries as they compete in the era of globalization. However, how to optimize the container transportation and improve container turnaround has become an increasing challenge for the industry, especially in the growing trade imbalances...
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Flexibility in last-mile distribution has become a key differentiator for companies that are obsessed with driving up customer experience. For most fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies like BeverageCo, it is crucial to succeed in fast-growing emerging economies which are dominated by the traditional retail channel, characterized by small stores. With...
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Since 2005, the American Trucking Associations has consistently asserted that trucking firms a shortage of truck drivers. This has become a narrative with which even those with no ties to the trucking industry may be familiar. U.S. Xrpess has identified that its drivers average 6.5 hours driving time per day...
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Supply chain sustainability has grown steadily in the last half century. Companies today are setting more ambitious goals and investing greater resources. With this accelerated pace come new questions regarding the transparency of sustainability on an aggregate level. How and why have sustainability practices changed from 2020 to 2021? How...
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With 50 million nanostores globally, nanoretailing is the most important retail channel in developing countries. In India, these stores are called kiranas, and they are the backbone of India's retail market. Unfortunately, the distribution to this massive retail segment is fragmented. Current fragmented channels of exclusive distributors, wholesalers, and stockists...
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Across industries and supply chains, the safety of drivers and efficient use of fuel by truck fleets are an increasing concern. This project focused on understanding driving styles, understanding the tradeoffs between safe and efficient driving styles, and finding the highest levels of safety and fuel efficiency. We worked with...
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Though critical to the US economy and moving the majority of US freight, the American trucking industry faces three compounding challenges: driver shortage, low driver utilization, and high driver turnover. Previous studies have found that, though scarce, drivers are underutilized and prone to frequent employment changes, further exacerbating the shortage...
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Nowadays end customers and shareholders are setting high expectations, putting pressure on companies to do their best not only to meet their needs but also deliver shareholder value at the same time. In order to be both competitive and customer-centric, firms are increasingly focused on their supply chains as one...
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The year 2020 marked an unprecedented worldwide growth in e-commerce driven mainly by the COVID- 19 pandemic. The lockdown restrictions created significant spikes in the demand for several products causing severe disruptions throughout the supply chains. The pandemic created significant challenges for companies to maintain efficiency in the supply chain...
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Apart from health impacts, the coronavirus pandemic brought many economic challenges for mi- cro and small enterprises (MSEs), especially in Latin America, where they account for most of the firms. For these cash-constrained companies, the combination of lower sales, higher costs of supplies, and ad- vanced payment consumes cash and...
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COVID-19 was a major pandemic that struck the world at the beginning of the year 2020. Many companies suffered sudden disruptions in their manufacturing operations, logistics and even in their capacity to reach their customers. This capstone project addressed the need of a global pharmaceutical company to understand what digital...
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Many trucks in the US travel well below permitted cube and volume utilization, so consolidating two or more shipments onto a single multi-stop truckload (MSTL) route can increase truck utilization and decrease transportation costs. Many shippers and carriers lack sufficient network volume, transportation analytics capabilities, and supply network influence to...
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Inventory management is an essential operation in the supply chain, owing to its strategic importance in supporting item availability and business continuity. The demand for slow-moving items is fundamentally ambiguous compared to demand for traditional fast-moving items due to the irregular demand pattern of slow-moving items, which causes forecasting problems...
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Many firms rely on key performance indicators (KPIs) to manage their business. Though countless metrics exist, it can be difficult for companies to identify which metrics are driving their performance. This is problematic within industry, as insignificant KPIs can lead to misguided management insights. This research analyzes how companies and...
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In 2019 most of sponsor company’s transactions came from its freight forwarding service. Due to strategic alliances between retail giants and freight carriers, the profit margins of independent freight forwarders are being squeezed. To survive the company needs to ensure that its warehousing and distribution services are sufficiently profitable. However...
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The food-service industry in the United States is worth approximately $300 Billion annually and supports 1 million jobs across the country. The sponsoring company is a major distributor in the United States for different categories of restaurant chains, ranging from counter-only-service to full-service. The key products in their supply chain...
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As the world’s largest coffee chain, Starbucks is looking to cater to different patterns of customer demand especially in metro areas that are densely packed with their stores. With more of the demand becoming mobile and customers gravitating towards curbside pick-up of orders, Starbucks is looking to redesign their cafes...