THE SMARTER SUPPLY CHAIN OF THE FUTURE

Currently, automotive companies are embroiled in a worldwide industry transition. Nearly everything about their businesses is changing – their products and services, where and how they’re sold, the degree of governmental involvement, even the fundamental business models of the industry. At the center of this massive change is the automotive supply chain. For automotive companies, emerging from this period of…

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Drone Delivery Innovation by Amazon

On December 2nd 2013, Amazon.com launched “Prime Air” — something the company has been working on in its next generation R&D lab. The goal of this new delivery system is to get packages into customers’ hands in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles. Putting Prime Air into commercial use will take some number of…

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Economies of Traffic Density and Scale in the Integrated Air Cargo Industry: The Cost Structures of FedEx Express and UPS Airlines

This paper examines the cost structures of the leading integrated air cargo carriers, FedEx Express and UPS Airlines. A total cost model is estimated for the two carriers using quarterly data on domestic operations and costs over a nine-year period (2003-2011). The estimated model indicates that the integrated industry exhibits increasing returns to trac density and constant returns to…

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Brand Image in Express Logistics

The purpose of the thesis was to find elements in marketing the express companies in the case study could use as a differentiation method within the local Finnish market. Express logistics companies are global logistics providers that have overnight delivery capability. The study was commissioned by one of the companies, DHL Express. The qualitative method…

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UPS publishes High Tech Supply Chain Survey

UPS has published its “2013 Change in the (Supply) Chain Survey”. Conducted in collaboration with IDC Manufacturing Insights, the 2013 Change in the (Supply) Chain results are based on survey responses from high-tech supply chain decision-makers across the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. Two in-depth focus groups with U.S. high-tech executives provided further…

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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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Key Logistics Trends in Life Sciences 2020+

DHL’s  Solutions & Innovation department has published its report on “Key Logistics Trends in Life Sciences 2020+“. Over the past decade the global life sciences sector has experienced healthy growth. The world market for pharmaceuticals, for example, has doubled within a decade. It has reached a value of about USD 1 trillion and is expected to…

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