Developing a flight plan for drone-based parcel delivery

Wednesday, November 2, 2022 · Matthias Winkenbach
Although the regulatory framework is central to the industry’s future, it remains unclear. But, where there are problems there are also opportunities, especially in an industry that is developing innovative technologies and new operational and business models.

Four misconceptions are hampering the advancement of digital twins

Wednesday, July 6, 2022 · Õzden Tozanli and Maria Jesus Saenz
Digital Twins (DT) could deliver benefits in supply chains if it were not for certain misconceptions that prevent companies from unlocking the technology’s huge potential.

Short lifecycle (SLC) forecasting for “muddling through” uncertainties

Thursday, November 11, 2021 · Larry Lapide
SLC products—such as those in retail, fashion-oriented and high-tech industries. Try them, they work. Will they yield 100% accuracy? Of course not. Will they improve your forecast accuracy? I believe so.

Developing a Digital Container Triangulation Solution in China

Wednesday, September 1, 2021 · Jieming Feng and Mauricio Moreno
To offer a better customer experience with smarter, faster, and more sustainable logistics, companies must increase operational efficiency by addressing industry problems such as highly fragmented markets, low transparency, underutilized assets, costly manual processes, and,…

MIT’s Supply Chain Sustainability Report Contains Important KPMG Insights

Monday, July 26, 2021 · Patrick Burnson
The Supply Chain Sustainability (SCS) report published by MIT and sponsored in part by KPMG is the second annual global survey of its kind, and it echoes many of the perceptions KPMG has analyzed, based on years of client interactions.

Humanitarian Supply Chain: Vaccine Delivery Drones for Children in Need

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 · Adriana Lembcke and Ornipha Vongasemjit
Nepal’s current average vaccine coverage hovers around 78%, and 59 out of 77 districts have not yet been fully immunized. Finding an efficient way to make vaccines more accessible by reviewing last-mile delivery is key to improving immunization coverage throughout the whole…

Two Objectives, One Integrated Model for Demand Planning and Transportation Optimization

Friday, May 28, 2021 · Carlos Rafavy and Justin Casey
We believe both of our models, run jointly, will help solve the company's problem. The forecasting model will provide the company with an accurate prediction of their demand. The optimization model will reposition assets most efficiently by reducing transportation miles.

AI and Employees: Crafting Successful Teams

Thursday, February 4, 2021 · Christoph Herrmann and Libin Huang
AI adoption increases, but project success often lags. Over the past five years, artificial intelligence (AI) has grown from a buzzword to real-world business applications in supply chain management among the world’s largest companies, covering areas such as demand planning…

Lawmakers Can Make a Difference in the Fight Against Forced Labor in Supply Chains

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 · Alexis Bateman
Companies’ efforts to tackle the problem through improved supply chain visibility and the introduction of audit programs are laudable and have deterred some bad actors. However, this scourge will not be rooted out until its perpetrators face stiff penalties that are enforced…

Accenture and MIT Team to Create a Supply Chain Resilience Stress Test

Monday, October 26, 2020 · SCMR Staff
Accenture and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are co-developing a supply chain resilience stress test for assessing operational and financial risks created by major market disruptions, disasters or other catastrophic events.

Predicting and Planning for the Future: North American Truckload Transportation

Friday, October 23, 2020 · David Sokoloff and Gaohui Zhang
Shippers regularly establish contracts with carriers to reduce their exposure to the volatility of the trucking market. However, the trucking industry is unique in the sense that contracts are often non-binding.

How to Reduce Inventory Costs while Maintaining Service Levels

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 · Ni Pan and Jamie Sweeney
To retain high-value customers in the competitive consumer goods industry, businesses are incentivized to incur whatever costs necessary to meet demand. This behavior often results in inefficient production schedule changes, costly transportation, and inflated inventory levels…

Localization is Seeding Innovative Produce Supply Chains

Friday, June 12, 2020 · Chris Mejia Argueta, Alexis H. Bateman, & Ken Cottrill
The COVID-19 crisis is shining a light on the vulnerabilities of food supply chains, as well as opportunities to develop inventive ways to deliver fresh foods such as fruit and vegetables from farm to table.

Using the PAST as we work through the PRESENT

Monday, May 11, 2020 · Bob Trebilcock
Kai Hoberg, a professor and head of the logistics department at Kühne Logistics University, noted the current COVID-19 shutdowns have the potential to trigger an even bigger decline in the global economy than the 2008 Financial Crisis.

What does the human face of AI look like?

Friday, May 8, 2020 · Maria Jesus Saenz, Elena Revilla and Cristina Simon
AI projects that achieve the right balance between machine and human involvement in decision-making are more likely to succeed.



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