Improving the Audit results of DPD Depot in Bad Bentheim: A Design Science Approach

The master thesis at hand has been conducted with the purpose to explore real organizational problems at Dynamic Parcel Distribution GmbH & Co (DPD) and to present possible solutions for generating functional and operational improvements in the company’s depot in Bentheim, Germany. According to Van Aken et al. (2009), problem solving in organizations is often…

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Supply Chain and Risk Management

The MIT/PricewaterhouseCoopers Global Supply Chain and Risk Management Survey is a study of the supply chain operations and risk management approaches of 209 companies with global footprints. As globally operating organizations, they are exposed to high-risk scenarios ranging from controllable risks—such as raw material price fluctuation, currency fluctuations, market changes, or fuel price volatility—to uncontrollable…

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New Approaches for Routing Courier Delivery Services

http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/ref/collection/p15799coll3/id/110992 Courier delivery services deal with the problem of routing a fleet of vehicles from a depot to service a set of customers that are geographically dispersed. In many cases, in addition to a regular uncertain demand, the industry is faced with sporadic, tightly constrained, urgent requests. An example of such an application is the…

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A Genetic Algorithm-Based Heuristic for Network Design of Service Centers with Pick-Up and Delivery visits of Mandated Vehicles in Express Delivery Service Industry

In Korean express delivery service market, many domestic companies have been competing fiercely to extend their own market share. The line-haul vehicles operated by the express delivery service companies in Korea in general can be classified into three types depending on the ways their expenses occur; company-owned vehicle, mandated vehicle which is owned by outsider…

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Enriching the Tactical Network Design of Express Service Carriers with Fleet Scheduling Characteristics

Express service carriers provide time-guaranteed deliveries of parcels via a network consisting of nodes and hubs. In this, nodes take care of the collection and delivery of parcels, and hubs have the function to consolidate parcels in between the nodes. The tactical network design problem assigns nodes to hubs, determines arcs between hubs, and routes…

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