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Transportation Emissions Cut in Half by 2050?

By Julio ZS

Today I want to talk about global warming and logistics. People’s concern about enviromental issues is constantly increasing, as the future of our planet relies on it. In that sense, logistics, can do a lot. For example, when designing faster ways to deliver, or roads with less kilometers, logistics companies are saving lots of fuel and CO2 emissions that would be harmful for our planet.

Nowadays, the transportation sector is responsible for 23 percent of all human carbon dioxide emissions fueling climate change today, and they could double by 2050 as people in developing countries drive more.

I found a really interesting article that talks about this:

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The article points out the importance of reducing the CO2 emissions by decreasing both the amount of cars and hours we spend driving. This article highlights some logistics strategies that can reduce by half the transportations emissions by 2050.

I think it is a topic we should all be aware of, as the future of our planet depends on it. Hence, i think that logistics can do a lot when trying to help reducing CO2 emissions. Thus, i would say that one important field of expansion that logistics will have in a near future is how to reduce contamination by the improvement of the design of the way companies do things.

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IMPERIAL optimises transport services with new lightweight trailers

By Gerard Jaenada Masferrer

Hi guys,

I’ve found an interesting article about the optimization of the transport services with lightweight trailers that is very useful to transport heavy components and products.

The Berger semi-trailer, which is optimised to carry a maximum payload, weighs less than 4.7 tonnes so it’s an awesome innovation for the transportation and logistics to optimize the lead times and accessibility!

Enjoy the article as I did 🙂

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E-Commerce Impact on Logistics

By Sasa Zhu

E-commerce is increasingly becoming more important in the retail industry. As this article points out, more and more businesses are converging towards e-commerce as a strategic factor for their sales. Due to this new sales channel, consumers are able to purchase instantly from anywhere at anytime transforming the shopping experience into one that is less time consuming and immediate. Data shows that B2C e-commerce sales will top $1.5 trillion in 2014, and by 2017 it will growth by 88.4% reaching $2.3 trillions.

The impact of e-commerce in logistics has been significant. The transformation of the retail industry has raised new challenges for the businesses that are venturing into e-commerce. For instance, now they have to decide where to locate their warehouse, whether this warehouse needs to be separated from the one that provides for physical stores.

Moreover, the success of e-commerce highly demands on time constraints. Questions such as the mean delivery time and pick up time has to be established. Whether it goes straight to the consumer doorstep or if the consumer can choose different pick options is another factor that business have to consider before launching their e-commerce business line.

So ,will e-commerce overcome the traditional B2C business?

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Pizza Delivery by drone in mumbai by Francesco Pizzeria

By Agnès Sosa Lacomba

As we know, the world of Logistics is improving day by day. Nowadays, a set of new technologies are appearing and stomping to stay. Among them we can find the use of drones, a technology that we discussed in class, and with this post, I wanted to show two videos that serve as examples to see how they are beginning to be used in real life.
 
In the first one, we can see a pizzeria in Mumbai that uses drones for home delivery: 
 
In the second one, we can see how a German company has begun to develop the use of drones to satisfy medical needs. The goal of this company is to improve existing emergency infrastructure with a network of drones. This new type of drones can go over 100km/h and reaches its destination within 1 minute, which increases chance of survival from 8% to 80%! This drone folds up and becomes a toolbox for all kind of emergency supplies. Future implementations will also serve other use cases such as drowning, diabetes, respiratory issues and traumas.
 
With both videos we can see some of the great advantages of drones: speed, flexible working hours, no personal cost, and overall total cost reduction.
Although current drones are even smaller operators that can withstand loads of little weight, there is no doubt that in the future, they can get to convert in large appliances capable of supporting any load and can reach much more complex operations. 

EXERCISE: Inventory

By Raquel Amatriain

Inventory exercises

This drivable car was 3D printed in 44 hours

By Rakel Amatriain

Hello!!
In this video you can see how they make the Shell of a car with a 3D printer. As we know, this is new technology that can revolutionize the world of logistics. In this example, the design and the processing the vehicle takes 4 months since they have the idea till they printed it while a normal car takes years. Also doing with a 3D printer is more efficient because you use the amount of material that you need and in the conventional industry they waste a lot of material and this is a waste of money too.
At the same time they use more compact peaces which decrease the complexity and this reduce the number of errors. With this technology the cost of producing a car will be lower.
But the problem is that with this system you have to produce the car one by one and now they produce thousands at the same time. So this could be useful to produce some parts of a car or to do more customized cars.

As they say the only limitation is the imagination.

Amazon pide una patente para acelerar el reparto con impresión 3D

By Lucas Manjon Perez

Hi everyone!

While I was searching information about Amazon’s delivery Drones for the final project, I found a really interesting new project of this company, also related to the delivery process.
The thing is that Amazon has filed (in march) a delivery-patent system, that involve vehicles with 3D printers inside of them. Customers may request on their website, for example, spare parts for his car, and receive them with an unprecedented quickness. This is because they could be able to produce the product while they are going to the delivery destination.
This system would end up with delivery delays, which could result in more customer satisfaction and more sales too.
But there would be more related benefits with logistics, like a reduction of the amount of stored inventory and the need for space, because they will produce over demand.

Here is one of the link I found about that, I hope you find it interesting:

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Future Store Smart Check Out – RFID

By Joseph De Cleene 

Hello!

A few weeks ago in class, we had a guest lecture about reducing set-up and waiting costs in all different kinds of environments.

This video shows how future supermarkets’ check-outs will be. By utilising the RFID (Radio-Frequency IDentification), checking out in supermarkets will go a lot faster! Currently, cashiers have to pick up and scan each product individually. In the future, all the goods will be scanned automatically when walking through the (smart) check-out. This all without taking the products out of the shopping car!

Winners of the Smart City App Hack

By Marc Vinseiro Ripoll

Hello!

I would like to share this article about the winners of the smart city app hack, it’s really interesting how some entrepreneurs are developing solutions based on new ideas of logistics. Check out the firm Unplis based here in Barcelona, me and three classmates are doing the final project about it’s business model focused on the lean startup methodology.

Hope you discover new firms that are investing a lot in logistics.

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