Business Logistics

Group 1 – Blog

From all the blog coordinators

Hi class,

Here we have the last post of the bog for this course.

We want to say we are very glad to have been your blog coordinators.

Thank you very much for all your posts and for your participation.

We hope next year the blog will have more visits and nice posts like this year.

Thank you 🙂


From First Mile to Last Mile – Global Industrial & Logistics Trends

By  Laura Serena

Hello everyone!

I found a very interesting report about the 2015 global logistics called “From First Mile To Last Mile: Global Industrial And Logistics Trends”, by Colliers International. The key in this research is to point out the main factors that will affect logistics and warehousing for the next years, trying to estimate how the actual situation will change, providing some real examples, and giving some advice for the future.

The report remarks the existence of an increasing trend of e-commerce, due to a change of consumers’ behavior: new generations will be more used to buy through the Internet than we are. In fact, not only using computers but smart phones will be in our daily lives.

It is also important the creation of new concentrated markets. China and Asia are continuously evolving and more urbanized areas have appeared recently. Thus, this new consumers will have a great impact on the e-commerce.

The report also includes a research of the most used routes by firms to ship their products, and the ports that have experienced the greatest change in activity. It is also discussed the called “AsiaPac” trend in the future, specially the China and India cases.

In order to respond to these imminent changes in population and behavior, the “first mile” and “last mile” topics are reviewed. The report examines some different logistic solutions to these issues.

Finally, the report provides some examples to illustrate all these findings. They go through the well known Amazon case, two online groceries — one in United States and the other one in UK — and LPP — a huge fashion retail group in Europe —.

Even if this report is quite long, I think it would be very interesting to take a look at it; lots of graphics to depict the situation are provided, so it is really nice to read. Here you have the link:

View report here

Mega Trucks!

By Lucas Manjon Perez

Hi everyone,

Today I want to share a post about a “mega truck” that is in a legalization process to operate here in Spain (they are actually being used in other zones).
This “mega truck” have an extra capacity of 18pallets (they are 7m longer than the bigger used in Spain) which could means a cost saving by the companies who could be in the point to introduce this “mega” trucks in our dual carriageway.
What we will think when we find them in road? They look ENORMOUS!

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Money is pouring into warehouses – Golden sheds

By Georgina Lagares

Hi everyone!

There is a short article of “The Economist” where it is explained how the space in warehouses has been increasing through years in Britain to solve the Online shopping growth. That means that the E-commerce is becoming more important and, your space in warehouses or the number of them have to increase too. The more inventory you have, the more space you need. That’s the way to know how organizations can invest in logistics.

It’s very important in logistics to know how to work in these situations, adapting the way you work to changes. In that case, we find that online shopping is becoming, as I said before, more used for us, and organizations have to be ready to coordinate everything to be the most efficient they can. In this articles, they talk about warehouses, one of the key points of logistics.

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E-commerce in Spain (Excel)

By Marc Coderch

This is not a post about and article but an excel about the e-commerce in Spain.

We all know that e-commerce is growing but I wanted to compute how much has grown in the past 10 years. I took three variables that can explain the evolution of e-commerce: % of firms that have internet connection, % of sales through e-commerce compared to the total volume of sales and % of firms that has selled a product via web or via app.

As you can see, the three variables have grown significantly from 2004 to 2014. We can also see how the financial crises affected e-commerce: On the one hand, the % of firms that have internet connection and the % of sales through e-commerce did not decrease because of the crises. But, on the other hand, the % of firms that selled products via web or app decreased. This might be because there was a rising number of start-ups that based their business model on e-commerce and they could not face the decrease in demand caused by the financial crises.

I took the data from the INE (National Statistics Institute).

Download Excel file here

El ‘big data’ ya no necesita a los humanos

By  Francesc Rubinat Fontanellas


Today I’ve found an article in “El País” talking about a new software called Data Science Machine (DSM), created by two engineers form the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that, after some years of research about how we can analyse all this new data that comes from new technologies, they have achieved their purpose. The thing is that this software is able to generate some really good predictions by crossing lots of different types of data and calculating future results.

It is true that humans have been able to do the same during these last years, but not as faster as this software does and also, in the majority of the cases, not as correct as the system does. So, what about humans job positions? Creators, insist in saying that it only has to be a very good complement for the investigators to analyse much more data than is analysed now and being able to take much more profit to it with less time.

Anyway, it is obvious that “big data” is growing and new business opportunities arise from the necessity of analysing these data in each company whose aim is to get competitive advantage and adapt their products to the necessities of the consumers, or directly create new products that cover some necessities or insight of the society.

Do you really think that “Big Data” is going to provide some real benefits to us as consumers? Do we have some benefits right now due to “Big Data”? From my viewpoint we have a lot and in the future we will have more and better benefits, so we will see in the near future…

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Failed logistics?

By Andrea Ch

So for the last post I wanted to show a real picture taken by me illustrating what Elena said in class about the containers being piled up and then being almost impossible to move them. This place was near the airport and there where about 6 containers piled up. Also they where all together so there was no space for any transport to get there and move them. I think they don’t plan the storing of this and just put them where they can.

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Christmas is coming and UPS is getting prepared

By Enric Perez Casas

Christmas is coming and UPS is getting prepared.

It has been estimated that Spanish customers will spend nearly 1.200 millions of Euros these days, a 11% more than last year.

Since Black Friday until Christmas, UPS has calculated that they will probably deliver 630 million products around the world. Their daily activity is 18 million packages but these days will be the double. UPS will employ 100.000 temporally workers to succeed with their daily activity on these dates.

This huge amount of daily deliveries is because customers trust on the flexibility and accuracy of this company. UPS stands out of the quality of their services as well because the constant flexibility to adapt to the preferences of the customers because they can change the date and place of the shipments.

Buying online is nowadays more common so UPS has to continue applying innovation in logistics to not lose the confidence of their customers about the quality, flexibility and commodity that UPS offers.

They are prepared for our deliver: let’s buy and trust them!

Que informacion almacena Google de ti y como protegerla

By Enric Perez Casas

Two weeks ago we had a conference about the power and the importance of Big Data in our social lives. We realised that all we search on Internet, our preferences, our profiles… all is registered and companies can have access to this information.
Is that an attack to our privacy?

Is difficult to clean or remove what we have uploaded previously but here you have a trick to difficult Google to get information about our profile, searches, preferences…

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In my opinion, the first step is to be conscious about what we want to share with our friends because we know about the accessibility that companies have to our profile.

Nowadays is common, as what we have noticed on job interviews and in class that professors, human resources departments… are getting more used to search us on Internet about our behaviour and activity; and could be damaging for ourselves if we don’t try to protect our personal life.

Is in our hands to share with the others what we want to show. Let’s try to be aware of what we facilitate on the network because everybody has access to technology and our career could be damaged.

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