Tag Archives: Efficiency

Regulate sulphur content of ship fuels or offer more incentives in Hong Kong?

An article in Bloombergbusinessweek (January 14,2013) describes the low sulphur content fuel (0.5 percent sulphur), which is 14% of permissible limits, used by the Maersk shipping line. The Hong Kong port offers a 50% reduction in port costs, but that … Continue reading

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The internet of things and supply chain impact

An article in Wired magazine (December 2012) describes the low price points to make physical objects wen enabled. A WeMo switch enables an outlet to be controlled through the internet, thus enabling a temperature triggered adjustment of cooling. Decentralized Geiger … Continue reading

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Can omni channel marketing help brick and mortar retailers compete this Christmas ?

An article in Bloombergbusinessweek (November 5,2012) describes a decision by Target, Macy’s and Nordstrom to match online prices to compete gainst Amazon, Gilt and Ebay. Offering same day delivery from store inventory, choosing unique items only made for specific retailers … Continue reading

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Allocating kidneys to improve survival years for patients

An article in the New York Times (September 21, 2012) describes a new proposal to allocate kidneys to recipients using an index to estimate the quality of kidneys and directing 20 % of the kidneys at the top of this … Continue reading

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The projected impact of insufficient port improvements on the US economy

An article in the Supply Chain Management Review (Sept 17, 2012 http://www.scmr.com/article/the_american_society_of_civil_engineers_say_u.s._supply_chains_at_risk/?goback=.gde_115985_member_165825492) states that investments in US marine ports ad waterways upkeep from now to 2020 is planned to be $ 16 billion lower than required, while investments in airports … Continue reading

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Can cheap, flexible robots assist workers to make US manufacturing globally competitive?

An article in Bloombergbusinessweek (September 24, 2012) describes new robots announced by Rethink Robotics, priced at $ 22,000 and reprogrammable to assist workers with repititive tasks. Teaching the robot requires simulating the steps by moving its arms, after which the … Continue reading

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Can faster delivery help Amazon.com compensate for state sales tax collection ?

An article in the New York Times (September 15,2012) describes the rapid pace of new warehouses opened by Amazon.com to hold inventory close to customers and cut a day out of shipping time. Next day or same day delivery will … Continue reading

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Protocol Diversity slows wireless home energy management

An article in the New York Times (September 5, 2012) describes the slow adoption of software controlled wireless technologies to manage home energy usage and blames it on protocol diversity. Protocols refer to the codes used by devices to communicate, … Continue reading

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Moving production to the US despite lower Chinese manufacturing costs

An article in Bloombergbusinessweek (June 25, 2012) describes several examples of companies that moved production to the US from China, despite up to 30% lower Chinese manufacturing costs. For Lightsaver, the 30% lower manufacturing costs were compensated by costs of … Continue reading

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Using UPS to outsource drug delivery

An article in the Wall Street Journal (June 28,2012) describes pharmacists at UPS’s hub in Louisville filling prescriptions for insulin or other drugs for quick delivery to customers. The same supply chain allowed Walgreen to ship vaccines to Laos, with … Continue reading

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