domingo, 23 de julio de 2017

Supply Chain humor

No better way to finish the weekend than with some humor!

Will seep dive into JIT in the next post, stay tuned!


sábado, 17 de junio de 2017

The future of retail shopping


Surely not even in ten years time, this is what shopping will look like. Watch out because before you even realize some of these trends will be at the forefront of the way we shop!



I know this video has already been posted before when we talked about RFID technology, (you can find the post here) but i can´t help it! It´s IBM being almost 20 years ahead of the game!



domingo, 28 de mayo de 2017

One Belt, one Road, The New Silk Road: The beginning


In this second entrance, we will continue exploring one of the most spectacular initiatives in this century, the One belt, One road project.

In words of Swedish explorer Sven Hedin taking about the Silk Road: "It can be said without exaggeration that this artery through the whole of the old world is the longest and from a cultural-historical standpoint the most significant connecting link between peoples and continents that has ever existed on earth"

In the 21st century China want to emulate the old Silk Road, but instead of camels and wooden boats, trains and gigantic vessels will be responsible for half of the worlds trade.

For those of you that are not familiar with this initiative yet, the below video is a short, but very informative version of this project:




For those of you that want to know more, watch the next video, you will have to bear the lack of subtitles, but it´s worth it.

It will frame the context to better understand the importance of this project and how China´s development in the last 35 years has made it possible.




This is probably one of the most colosal initiatives in world´s history, one belt one road will change the world as we know it, and I will be  showing you in the next posts how this humongous project is taking shape.

sábado, 13 de mayo de 2017

One Belt, one Road, The New Silk Road: The first train


This post will probably be the first part of a series of post related to the gigantic Chinese project “One road, one Belt”

In this first entry we will focus in the first string of the project the new rail routes.

Until not too long ago the only two options available to transport Chinese products to Europe were take an ocean bound route, which although cheap can be very slow, or use an air carrier that is considerably faster, but also much more expensive.

A third way was unlocked when the Chinese government launched a rail freight service between China and Western Europe.

This line will connect Beijing and London, making it the first direct rail link between the two cities.

The freight will span 7456 miles (12000 km) of railways crossing Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, Belgium, France and the UK.

The route is actually not new at all, it´s part o the old Silk Road, which commenced more than 2000 years ago, through which Chinese silk caravans carried wears to Europe and Africa. Now Beijing is aiming to resurrect this historic trade route by using rail power.




This new plan is part of Chinese president Xi Jinping´s project to improve the country´s trade links and revive the ancient Silk Road route.

This new route also comes at a particularly well time for the UK, with the government of Theresa May currently sourcing the world for trade deals in anticipation of a departure from the EU.


The first cargo carrying 4 million worth of goods arrived in London on the 8th of January after an eighteen day journey that was as much an engineering challenge as a logistical problem with different types of rail track in different countries meaning the same train can´t travel the whole route and so the containers have to be removed and reloaded onto different carriages at several stages of the journey.

viernes, 14 de abril de 2017

Collaboration as a Supply Chain strategy


This will be the first post of a series that will explore the importance and benefits of Supply Chain collaboration.

Why collaboration between business partners is shaping the supply chain of the future? what are the pros and cons, if there are any, of collaboration? why customer Supply Chain is a growing part of the logistics business and how can companies and individuals improve their relationships by embracing a new mentality of flexibility and openness?

I can think of a better way to start this series than by listening to one of the men that has been shaping the way Supply Chain at L'Oreal looks like today. His day to day work, his vision and a few examples of the positive impact collaboration has had in the recent past for L'Oreal.





domingo, 12 de febrero de 2017

Logistionary; Drum-Buffer-Rope


Drum Buffer Rope (DBR) is a planning and scheduling solution derived from the Theory of Constraints (ToC).

The fundamental assumption of DBR is that within any plant there is one or a limited number of scarce resources which control the overall output of that plant. This is the “drum”, which sets the pace for all other resources. In order to maximize the output of the system, planning and execution behaviors are focused on exploiting the drum, protecting it against disruption through the use of “time buffers”, and synchronizing or subordinating all other resources and decisions to the activity of the drum through a mechanism that is akin to a “rope”.

Theory of Constraints uses a 5 step process, called a ‘Process Of On-Going Improvement’ (POOGI), to improve any system. These steps are called the 5 Focusing Steps:

- Step 1. Identify the system’s constraint(s), the drum

- Step 2. Exploit the System’s Constraint(s). 

- Step 3. Subordinate everything else to the above decisions. 

- Step 4. Elevate the constraint(s). Basically improve the performance of the drum

- Step 5. If in the previous steps a constraint has been removed, go back to step 1 and identify the new bottleneck


The Boy Scout example in The Goal (I already wrote a post long time ago about one of my favorite books!)

A very illustrative example was how the protagonist of the book manages a boy scout outing, especially how to keep the group together while different boys walked at different speeds. The solution was to put the slowest boy scout Herbie at the front, and prohibiting all others from overtaking him. Additionally, he lightens Herbie’s backpack so that he can walk faster.





domingo, 15 de enero de 2017

domingo, 18 de diciembre de 2016

How UPS saved millions of dollars; this will surprise you!


In 2004, UPS announced a new policy for its drivers: the right way to get to any destination was to avoid left-hand turns.

This new policy might result surprising, but as a logistics company with some 96,000 trucks, much of UPS's business can be distilled to a series of optimization problems around reducing the amount of fuel used, saving time, and using space more efficiently.

UPS engineers found that left-hand turns were a major drag on efficiency. Turning against traffic resulted in long waits that wasted time and fuel, and it also led to a disproportionate number of accidents.

By mapping out routes that involved a series of right hand turns UPS improved profits and safety. As of 2012, the right turn rule combined with other improvements saved around 45 million litters of gas and reduced emissions by the equivalent of taking 5,300 cars of the road for a year.

Describing the policy in a speech, the CEO of UPS told his audience "I can see a few of you smiling out there, and I know what you may be thinking. But it really works."







If you don't believe it, well, that's why Mythbusters exists:




And of course there are still a few left turns!!




You will see UPS drivers take left turns on occasion, especially in residential neighborhoods without much incoming traffic. Since UPS uses software to map out routes, it can send drivers on right turn on heavy routes while making exceptions when a left turn is easier and faster.

This might not be worth implementing on your next run to the groceries, but keep in mind that is by no means as crazy as it sounds!

sábado, 29 de octubre de 2016

Pallets; when you thought that there was only one thing you can do we them


When you thought pallets were only meant to be used in warehouses and with the only purpose of storing merchandise, there is life for these awesome pieces of wood or plastic after they have served their time in the depot.

Don´t believe me? check the below video out and get started on recycling your old, or new, pallets! More than 200 hundred idead to take them back to life!




Bonus track: This is an awesome way to go across the city!



domingo, 28 de agosto de 2016

Behind the scenes: Red Bull air racing


When you go to the races, when you go to your favorite concert, when you arrive at the awesome music festival or the amazing temporary collection, you only see a very little part of the spectacle. It hard to believe, but sometimes, the behind the scenes is even more impressive that what your eyes can see....


This is what you see:



But behind this, there is this:




I don´t believe those that think logistics are boring!