UPS and FedEx Manage Capacity for Peak Vaccine Shipping

UPS and FedEx Manage Capacity for Peak Vaccine Shipping

April 4, 2021

UPS and FedEx are planning to increase vaccine delivery capacity threefold by May.

As of February 2021, the two companies were delivering about 14 million doses per week.  UPS in particular believes it can still prioritize timely vaccine delivery when increased production by multiple manufacturers allows triple the volume in May 2021.


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This post is based on the Bloomberg article, UPS expects 40% jump in vaccine doses next week, peak in May, by Thomas Black,  February 25, 2021, and the YouTube video in the Spotlight. Image source: FG Trade/Getty Images

Discussion Questions:

1. How have distribution points grown since the start of 2021?

Guidance: Distribution points are becoming increasingly varied as local and state governments open up stadiums, arenas, amusement parks, and other large-scale venues in addition to smaller outlets like pharmacy and grocery chains.  Whereas there were about 14,000 distribution points in the vaccine supply chain when UPS and FedEx began deliveries, there were 100,000 as of late February 2021, with that number increasing rapidly.  As distribution points open up, more delivery capacity is needed Continue reading

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Home Depot’s Dallas DC: Running on Hydrogen

Home Depot’s Dallas DC: Running on Hydrogen

Home Depot is partnering with Plug Power to build a 1.5 million square foot distribution center in Dallas, Texas.  The new distribution center will use Plug Power’s zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell systems to power material handling equipment such as forklifts.

The fuel cell systems also become the infrastructure for storing, compressing, and dispensing hydrogen fuel.  The partnership is heralded as a fulfillment of Home Depot’s sustainability commitment to its supply chain and operations.


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This post is based on the Hydrogen Fuel News article, Home Depot to build zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell powered Dallas distribution center, by Angie Bergenson,  February 18, 2021, and the YouTube videos in the Spotlight. Image source: Syda Productions/Shutterstock

Discussion Questions:

1. What is Home Depot’s sustainability strategy and goal?

Guidance: Home Depot’s sustainability strategy is to reduce the environmental footprint for its supply chain and operations.  The goal is to leverage the value and environmental advantage of Continue reading

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Walmart Drone Deliveries Take Off

Walmart Drone Deliveries Take Off

October 5, 2020

Walmart is partnering with drone delivery provider Zipline to make on-demand deliveries of select health and wellness products in the United States in early 2021.  Zipline is known for medical drone operations in Africa.

Walmart also has a pilot project to delivery grocery and household products with automated drones from Flytrex. This is in response to Amazon obtaining FAA approval to test its own Prime Air delivery drones.


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This post is based on the CNBC article, Amazon and Walmart’s emerging delivery drone battle escalates with Zipline deal, by Riley de Leon, September 14, 2020, and the YouTube videos in the Spotlight. Image source: Flystock/Shutterstock

Discussion Questions:

1.  What additional operations processes will need to be designed to support drone delivery for most companies in the future?

Guidance: Students should readily note what can go wrong with a drone delivery.  What happens if a drone malfunctions along the route?  What happens if someone interferes with the drone’s flight path?  How would Continue reading

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