Optimization

August 2017

Performance Measurement Based on Inputs vs. Outputs

Performance Measurement Based on Inputs vs. Outputs

Ehsan Khodabandeh PhD Operations Research Scientist
I’ve never thought deeply about performance measurement based on inputs vs. outputs. But then I read a blog post by Laura Albert, Industrial & ...
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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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Warehouses – What if I need more space?

Warehouses – What if I need more space?

Ehsan Khodabandeh PhD Operations Research Scientist
Are you an analyst who has never stepped foot in a warehouse? Are you a recent graduate interviewing for your first Supply Chain position? If so, t...
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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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3 Great Lessons from Video on How Amazon Arranges Its Warehouses

3 Great Lessons from Video on How Amazon Arranges Its Warehouses

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
On LinkedIn, I came across this short, one and a half minute, video on how Amazon arranges items in its prime warehouses.  These are the warehouses...
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Imagining the Supply Chain of 2030

Imagining the Supply Chain of 2030

Kristen Daihes Partner
  I had the opportunity to join the Supply Chain Insight Global Summit last week in Arizona.  As expected, this summit did not disappoint.  Lo...
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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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The Newsvendor Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story

The Newsvendor Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story

Larry Snyder, Ph.D. Senior Research Associate
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June 2016

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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January 2016

Non-linear models and the value they can create

Non-linear models and the value they can create

Mohsen Moarefdoost Ph.D. Operations Research Scientist
Operations research analysts and modelers try to avoid non-linear models in network and supply chain design. This has led many of us to believe tha...
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October 2015

Why python can make your decision making process easier

Why python can make your decision making process easier

Mohsen Moarefdoost Ph.D. Operations Research Scientist
If you are dealing with complex, large scale and multi layered systems, you may end up analyzing and solving multiple, even nested, optimization pr...
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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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January 2015

Case Study: Sears and Same Day Delivery

Cario Lullo
Northwestern Professor and Partner at Opex Analytics, Diego Klabjan recently authored the following column on same-day delivery and its impact on t...
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August 2013

3-Minute Video Explaining Mathematical Optimization

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
IBM put together a nice 3-minute video explaining mathematical optimization.
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