UPS Wins the Race for Drone Deliveries

UPS Wins the Race for Drone Deliveries

October 18, 2019

Logistics master UPS has won the race to be the first Part 135 Standard certified operator of a drone airline.  This certification means UPS does not have size or scope limitations on its drone airline operations.

October 14 marked UPS Flight Forward’s first drone delivery flight under its new FAA certification, delivering medical supplies to WakeMed’s hospital campus in Raleigh, North Carolina. UPS’s certification allows its fleet to have as many drones and remote operators as it wishes, payloads in excess of 55 pounds, and permission to fly out of the line of sight both day and night.


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This post is based on the Robotics and Automation News article, UPS attains FAA’s first full approval for drone airline, by David Edwards, October 9, 2019, and the YouTube videos, UPS CEO David Abney on upcoming drone deliveries, by CNBC, October 1, 2019, and UPS wins approval to operate nationwide fleet of drones, by CNBC, October 2, 2019. Image source: Shutterstock/Mopic

Discussion Questions:

1. How did UPS position itself to be the first company granted the Part 135 Continue reading

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Grocers Gain Supply Chain Visibility

Grocers Gain Supply Chain Visibility

October 11, 2019

C&S Wholesale Grocers has partnered with FourKites to enable supermarkets and retailers to track store deliveries in real time from orders to delivery with a Delivery Alerts tool.

FourKites uses a predictive analytics platform with a proprietary algorithm to optimize shipment arrival. The network of more than 4 million GPS/ELD (Electronic Logging Devices) incorporates data from “truckload, LTL, ocean, rail, intermodal, last-mile and parcel transportation modes.”

C&S reported lowered operating costs, improved on-time delivery performance, and a 65% reduction in internal productivity loss.


Video Spotlight: How Is FourKites Defining Supply Chain Visibility?


This post is based on the Supermarket News article, C&S brings retailers more supply-chain visibility, by Russell Redman, September 24, 2019, and the YouTube video, How Is FourKites Defining Supply Chain Visibility?, by FourKites, July 18, 2017. Image source: Noel Hendrickson/Getty Images

Discussion Questions:

1. Is C&S Wholesale Grocers’ Delivery Alerts tool an operational success? Explain.

Guidance: Yes – it lowers C&S’ operating costs, improves on-time performance, and increase productivity.

2. How does the Delivery Alerts tool better enable C&S to manage its supply chain?

Guidance: C&S has real-time information on its truckload, less-than truckload, ocean, rail, last-mile, and parcel transportation modes to Continue reading

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Apple Dodges Tariffs in Texas

Apple Dodges Tariffs in Texas

October 7, 2019

Apple is moving its Mac Pro production to Austin, Texas, as part of a plan to invest $350 billion in the U.S. economy by 2023.

Apple already has manufacturing locations in 36 states with 9,000 domestic suppliers. The move not only helps Apple to abate the impact of trade tariffs but also to have a product that is made entirely in USA.


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This post is based on the IB Times article, Apple News: Mac Pro Production Moves To Texas To Dodge Tariffs, by Thomas Kira, September 23, 2019, and the YouTube video, Mac Pro to be manufactured in Texas, by Newsy, September 23, 2019. Image source: © McGraw-Hill Education

Discussion Questions:

1. In what ways is Apple’s decision to move its Mac Pro production to Austin, Texas, capacity-related?

Guidance: The move is a capacity-related decision because Apple has to determine what capacity it needs to make Mac Pro using only domestic suppliers and workers instead of outsourcing the assembly processes to China.

2. What are the reasons for Apple to move its Mac Pro production to Austin, Texas?

Guidance: Trade tariffs make it less economical to Continue reading

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