N/W Design & Transportation

November 2017

10 Readings on Supply Chain Risk: Follow-Up to the November Opex Academy Session

10 Readings on Supply Chain Risk: Follow-Up to the November Opex Academy Session

Larry Snyder, Ph.D. Senior Research Associate
Whether or not you attended the November Opex Academy session on Modeling and Mitigating Supply Chain Risk, here are 10 articles and books that are...
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July 2017

Shipping Cost: Interaction of Number of Shipments and Locations

Shipping Cost: Interaction of Number of Shipments and Locations

Ehsan Khodabandeh PhD Operations Research Scientist
A transportation specialist needs to determine the best plan for shipping the customers’ orders on a daily basis. One important aspect of the decis...
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June 2017

What Toyota, Schneider National, PayPal, and Palantir Got Right

What Toyota, Schneider National, PayPal, and Palantir Got Right

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
As previously published in SC Digest. In my class on Operations Excellence, we briefly cover the rise of Toyota and all the innovative operational ...
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Is Simple Load Consolidation that Simple?

Is Simple Load Consolidation that Simple?

Ehsan Khodabandeh PhD Operations Research Scientist
Whether we know it or not, at some point we have all dealt with variants of transportation routing problems. Consider a time when you and a group o...
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February 2017

Self Driving Trucks May Create New Roles and New Types of Jobs

Self Driving Trucks May Create New Roles and New Types of Jobs

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
The above picture is one I took while on vacation in Costa Rica.  We were going to a remote beach at the end of a 3-mile pothole and rut-stricken d...
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January 2017

Why Driverless Trucks could Create the Need for more Drivers

Why Driverless Trucks could Create the Need for more Drivers

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
There has been a lot of talk about how driverless trucks may reduce the need for drivers and how will our economy replace these 2 million good blue...
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A Non Obvious Way Self Driving Trucks May Impact Your Network Design Strategy

A Non Obvious Way Self Driving Trucks May Impact Your Network Design Strategy

Michael Watson
  Driverless trucks could have a large impact on the design of your supply chain. Jeff Potts of LeanLogistics wrote a nice blog post that hit ...
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September 2016

The Four Myths of Supply Chain Risk

The Four Myths of Supply Chain Risk

Larry Snyder, Ph.D. Senior Research Associate
In over 15 years of studying supply chain risk, there is a common set of comments that I often hear from both supply chain researchers and practiti...
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August 2016

GE Appliances and Lighting: Solving Large-Scale Customer Delivery Problems

GE Appliances and Lighting: Solving Large-Scale Customer Delivery Problems

Ehsan Khodabandeh PhD Operations Research Scientist
A couple of years ago while working on my PhD and before joining Opex Analytics, I had the privilege of working with some amazing people as part of...
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On Network Modeling:  Blaspheming the Baseline

On Network Modeling: Blaspheming the Baseline

Tom Nicholas
“Baseline Validation” is as elemental to a network modeling workplan as “creating good jobs” is to a candidate’s economic plan. It has to be there....
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June 2016

The Profit Maximization Feature may Help With Cost Minimization Models

The Profit Maximization Feature may Help With Cost Minimization Models

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
(This is the second article in the series on Profit Maximization that was first published at SCDigest.) In a previous post, I discussed two big rea...
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Two Big Reasons You Don’t Want to Maximize Profit in your Supply Chain Model (blog and video)

Two Big Reasons You Don’t Want to Maximize Profit in your Supply Chain Model (blog and video)

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
(We recently were interviewed on weekly The Supply Chain Television Channel and CSCMP– click on the above picture and go to the 3:55 mark for...
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February 2016

Six Steps in a Network Design Project- A Reminder from Inbound Logistics

Six Steps in a Network Design Project- A Reminder from Inbound Logistics

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
I just came across an article in Inbound Logistics on the 6 Steps you should go through in a network model.  This article serves as a good reminder...
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Top 3 Predictions for Network Design in 2016

Top 3 Predictions for Network Design in 2016

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
Last week, Dan Gilmore of Supply Chain Digest asked us to provide predictions for what would happen in the field of network design.  Here is his fu...
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January 2016

7 Ways You Can Think About Christmas Capacity to Avoid Having the Press Blame Your Supply Chain for Missed Deliveries

7 Ways You Can Think About Christmas Capacity to Avoid Having the Press Blame Your Supply Chain for Missed Deliveries

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
On Dec 15th, Snapfish, a photo services company, found themselves on the front page of the USA Today. Unfortunately, the reason they made the front...
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December 2015

Simple Models for Next Day or Next Hour Delivery

Simple Models for Next Day or Next Hour Delivery

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
(This article first appeared on SupplyChainDigest) When we wrote the book Supply Chain Network Design, we intentionally started with a very simple ...
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November 2015

Five Take-Aways on Natural Gas Trucks from the AB InBev and Owens Corning Talk

Five Take-Aways on Natural Gas Trucks from the AB InBev and Owens Corning Talk

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
  (This article first appeared on SC Digest.  It was a report from the annual CSCMP Conference) With the current low price of diesel fuel and ...
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October 2015

Five Supply Chain Design Lessons from Benjamin Moore Paint Company

Five Supply Chain Design Lessons from Benjamin Moore Paint Company

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
At CSCMP’s annual meeting, I got the chance to listen a talk from Benjamin Moore on how they redesigned their supply chain.  Here were the to...
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Two Supply Chain Design Lessons from Starbucks CEO

Two Supply Chain Design Lessons from Starbucks CEO

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
The Starbucks CEO, Howard Schultz, spoke at the annual CSCMP event in San Diego a few weeks ago. He made two key observations about the the supply ...
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June 2015

Top Four Best Practices for Multi-Objective Optimization in Network Design

Top Four Best Practices for Multi-Objective Optimization in Network Design

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
(This article first appeared in Supply Chain Digest) Let’s start with an example of multi-objective optimization.  The map you see is all the towns...
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August 2013

Our Video Interview: Impact of the New Hours of Service Rules

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
We recently did a video interview on Supply Chain Digest (starting at about the 3:20 mark) on the trucking industry’s new Hours of Service Ru...
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Network Design Book Reviews

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
If you are involved in a network design project– whether running the software, managing the project or just part of the team, you should cons...
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July 2013

Improving Your Transportation Analytics with Excel Add-On

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
Transportation is an area ripe for analytics: It is a big expense It is made up of many different shipments You have difference choices to make And...
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Network Design Case Studies

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
At our site for our book, Supply Chain Network Design, we have a blog post that pulls together the following case studies: Mars and Wrigley merger ...
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Transportation Analytics Can Help Manage the New “Hours of Service” Rules

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
New “Hours of Service” rules went into effect on July 1st.  These new rules decrease the amount of time a trucker can drive during a we...
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