Category Archives: Transportation

De-Risking Oil Tanker Investment Decisions

De-Risking Oil Tanker Investment Decisions

Crude oil and its derivative products currently meet the world’s primary energy needs, and are commonly transported around the globe by tanker vessels. Investing in tankers is an extremely risky business owing to the volatile nature of the oil market and the high capital cost involved. An alternative to owning tanker ships is to charterRead More

ZLC Report Paves the Way for Faster Freight in Black Sea Region

ZLC Report Paves the Way for Faster Freight in Black Sea Region

Strategically located at the crossroads of three continents, the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) region is a critical link in many international supply chains. A study by the Zaragoza Logistics Center shows that companies can capture substantial savings and service improvements by adopting the TIR Carnet system when shipping freight intermodally across BSEC countries. TwelveRead More

Picking the Right Supply Chain Design for a Growing Food Business

Picking the Right Supply Chain Design for a Growing Food Business

Designing supply routes during periods of rapid growth when market conditions can change rapidly can be a major challenge for retailers. SCM program graduates Cyril Khamsi and Veronica Stolear developed a model for evaluating the cost trade-offs between multiple supply network designs under a variety of business scenarios. The research was carried out in collaborationRead More

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