Category Archives: Logistics

Amazon–Robots Roam the Warehouses

Discussion Questions: Amazon has to deal with dramatic swings in demand throughout the year, with 1/3 of the company’s yearly revenue occurring during the holiday season.  How does Amazon handle the staffing of it “picking” operations to deal with the … Continue reading

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UPS Christmas Delivery Problems

Discussion Questions: What was the root cause of the delays in delivering packages during the 2013 Christmas season? How could UPS prevent this from happening in 2014?  When formulating your answer evaluate the economic impact on the profitability of UPS … Continue reading

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Whirlpool Move Production Back to the US

Discussion Questions to consider when reading this article: What are the major costs that should be considered when locating a plant? How might these costs change over time? What is an appropriate planning horizon for these decisions? What factors, other … Continue reading

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Amazon–Quick deliveries with a with drones! Is this feasible?

December 1, 2013, 8:56 PM ET Amazon’s Drones for Deliveries ByGreg Bensinger Amazon.com Chief Executive Jeff Bezos said the online retailer is developing pilotless flying vehicles he calls “octocopters” that can deliver packages within a half hour of customers placing … Continue reading

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Shop at the Mall and have it delivered same day?? Does this make sense???

Startup Offers Same-Day Delivery at Shopping Malls Macerich, Westfield and Other Big Operators Partner With Deliv Inc. to Let Customers Ditch Their Bags Dec. 12, 2013 12:02 a.m. ET Coming soon to your local mall, same-day delivery. Four of the … Continue reading

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UPS–Vehicle Routing Optimization

October 28, 2013, 5:06 PM ET UPS Says Automated Routing Will Transform Package Delivery After 10 years of research and development, United Parcel Service Inc. said it is about to officially launch an automated system that uses algorithms to devise … Continue reading

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No More Inventory??? Read this carefully, integration is the key.

Forward Thinking The end of inventory? By Mark Solomon | March 26, 2013 Fewer goods are being stored in warehouses and distribution centers, and that doesn’t seem likely to change. Are we in permanent lean mode? Ever since the Great … Continue reading

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