Tag Archives: transport

Death of a salesman – the spread of disintermediation?

Interesting article from Lesniak Swann discussing Hyundai’s decision to launch its ‘click to buy’ service (check it out here).  This is another example of ‘disintermediation’ whereby manufacturers sell directly to consumers and potentially eliminate their physical distribution network, or service … Continue reading

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Biodegradable automobiles?

Cars are made from metal – usually. But recently a car made from flax and bioplastic (made from sugar beet) has been launched.  LINA is the first biocomposite vehicle.  As this article explains – “The complete chassis, the body of … Continue reading

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The impact of seasonality and fuel costs on easyjet

easyjet shares lost 6% this week on the release of their half year results.  The airline, like most other similar airlines in Europe, always makes a loss in the winter months  due to lower levels of demand at this time … Continue reading

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Tesla’s Model 3 assembly line strategy – risky or how every carmaker will go?

Fascinating article explaining how car makers go about setting up an assembly line for a new model.  Industry-wide practice is to “beta test” the line by using cheap, adaptable prototype tools that are scrapped once their output conforms to the … Continue reading

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Successful test flight for VSS Unity

Virgin Galactic continues its development of its tourism space ship, despite the setback it had two years ago when a test vehicle broke up in mid flight.  This video shows the first unpowered test flight since then. I first blogged … Continue reading

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Managing short-term inventory – baggage handling at Heathrow T5

So many reasons for posting this video about baggage handling at Heathrow T5: T5 features is a case study (8.2) in our book; the opening of T5 is generally considered to be a good example of how not to do … Continue reading

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Autonomous shipping

There’s been a lot in the media recently about driverless cars (autonomous vehicles).  This is Rolls Royce vision of how shipping fleets could also be controlled without any crew onboard.  This vision is not speculative.  The company already has a … Continue reading

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Additive manufacturing in the aviation industry

Interesting piece on the MIT Technology Review website that explores how aircraft manufacturers are adopting and adapting additive processes.  This enables them to manufacture components in new materials and with new properties.   The implication of this is that aero … Continue reading

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How to park 30,000 cars a day in one operation

This video explains how car parking is managed at Incheon International Airport.  This is a type of operation that I have often used, but never really thought about from an OM  perspective.  The video provides insight into how a number … Continue reading

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The ARJ21 has been certified to fly

The ARJ21?  Who makes this aircraft? Boeing? Airbus? No.  It is the Commercial Aircraft Company of China (COMAC).  This state owned limited liability company plans to become a significant player in the global aircraft manufacturing industry – as its Company Profile … Continue reading

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