Category Archives: Transportation

3 Loads But Only 2 Trucks: Which Load is Left Behind?

3 Loads But Only 2 Trucks: Which Load is Left Behind?

Retailers often face demand uncertainty due to seasonality and variable consumer shopping behavior, so supply chain robustness is critical to ensure sufficient product availability. A common strategy to combat demand uncertainty is the use of safety stock, but this also increases the risk of excess stock, increased obsolescence, and higher carrying costs. The thesis researchRead More

Developing a Clearer Picture of Supply Chain Transparency

Developing a Clearer Picture of Supply Chain Transparency

Improving supply chain transparency is a high priority for companies, especially in industries such as foodservice where consumers and regulators are pushing for more publicly available information on how products are made and delivered. Increasing product complexity—growing demand for organic and gluten-free foods, for example—as well as food safety and security concerns, continues to driveRead More

New Tool Brings Logistics Carbon Emissions into Sharp Focus

New Tool Brings Logistics Carbon Emissions into Sharp Focus

Companies can calculate the overall carbon footprint of a logistics operation using readily available estimation tools. However, to implement meaningful management decisions about cutting CO2 emissions, a more detailed analysis is necessary. The Zaragoza Logistics Center (ZLC), Zaragoza, Spain, in collaboration with multinational business group INCLAM, headquartered in Madrid, Spain, have developed a tool thatRead More

The Bankruptcy Risk: Heeding the Distress Signals

The Bankruptcy Risk: Heeding the Distress Signals

Hanjin Shipping filed for bankruptcy on August 31, 2016, creating the largest ever container shipping bankruptcy according to the Journal of Commerce. Aside from this unenviable world record, the sinking of the South Korean shipping line is notable for the scale of the fall out and the lessons we can learn about risk management. InRead More

Optimization Tools Lighten the Load on Stressed Freight Networks

Optimization Tools Lighten the Load on Stressed Freight Networks

Freight transportation networks are increasing in complexity at a time when companies are under immense pressure to improve service levels. Investing in more efficient infrastructure is one response to this challenge, especially in countries such as the United States where deteriorating transportation systems are struggling to keep up with rising traffic volumes. But there isRead More