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Case Studies/Classroom Exercises

Case Study/ExerciseDescription
Port of Tacoma Trucking CongestionThis case outlines the problems associated with the short-haul truck queues that develop at the Port of Tacoma when shipping terminals make containers from offloading ships available for transport to warehouses or rail connections.
Safeway - "Trash to Cash"This case study documents the Auburn, WA Safeway Distribution enter and the innovative recycling efforts that have resulted in a positive cashflow.
OfficeMax DC ConsolidationIn 2007, with the beginning of the economic downturn, OfficeMax began a review of overall cost structure relative to supply chain and customer fulfillment on a national basis. This case documents the processes involved in the consolidation of 2 Distribution Centers.
Carolina Sporting GoodsThis case study looks at the decisions involved in determining whether a warehouse should be private, public, or managed by a 3PL provider.
Port of Nhava ShevaThis case study will allow challenge students to look at different modes of traasportation and transportation routing.
Port of Tacoma "Boom or Bust"The Port of Tacoma in Washington State is undergoing some difficult times - container traffic is down and competitors are nipping at their heels! This case study will allow students to look at a variety of factors and reecommend a long-term business strategy for the port.
Darigold ReengineeringIn the 1990's Darigold started the "Perfect Order Project" to improve customer service and drive down unit costs  by eliminating cuts, substitutions and damages from all orders, and ensuring that everything was properly documented.  This case examines the problem and possible solutions.
Northern Triangle RecreationThis case study looks at a typical distributor and recommendations to increase profitability, reduce costs, to be more competitive against their major competitors.  
Detention LimitedThis case study looks at warehousing options in China.
Warehouse PerformanceA well known local business is having efficiency problems or at least management believes so. They task you to determine which location was the slowest and what items need to be measured to determine location efficiency.
Elgiganten ElectronicsElgiganten, a central Nordic warehouse in Jönköping, Sweden distributes over 4000 products to the group’s 247 megastores in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands, and also fulfills the rapidly growing volume of direct-to-customer orders. The recent e-business boom in electronics poses significant order fulfillment challenges.
Managing the 'Cool Chain'Documents a benchmark study of cold chain operations for a shipment of turkeys between the U.S. and China. The study was designed to better understand some of the challenges that shippers face when exporting perishable products from the U.S. to China.
Monitoring the "Cool Chain"The safety of our global food supply depends on a properly maintained and monitored cold chain. Cold chain failures contribute to the increased perishability of food and drug products, as well as the increased risk of food contamination and foodborne disease. The lack of an adequate cold chain also contributes to increased food waste -- an especially critical problem in many developing countries. In this case, we explore the cold chain requirements of perishable food and drug products, as well as strategies for monitoring their temperatures as they move across the cold chain.
AerotropolisWe often forget that the ability to move a parts and components around the world is both enabled -- and limited -- by a network of transportation and logistical infrastructures. Advances such as multimodal logistics, just-in-time manufacturing, and make-to-order products are made possible because a seamless logistical network enables parts and components to flow across the supply chain with a minimum of "red lights." In this case, we explore a new infrastructure called the aerotropolis that is promising to revolutionize not only logistics but the way we live. In 2011, Time Magazine named the aerotropolis as one of 120 ideas that will change the world. We focus here on the impact that the aerotropolis will have on logistics and supply chains.
Short-haul Truckers - Orphans of the Logistics IndustryThe recent ‘Occupy the Ports’ movement,  and particularly the Port of Seattle February 2012 truckers’ walkout brought attention to conditions experienced by the nation’s  110,000 port truck drivers .   These drivers carry 80 percent of the 50 million shipping containers transported between American ports and railroads, warehouses or distribution centers.  Over the past 25 -30 years short-haul truck driving has changed from a fairly lucrative job, even for those with limited education,  to one in which many drivers work as independent contractors for  increasingly long hours, for minimal wage and with no safety net – no health insurance, no disability insurance, no unemployment insurance,  and no retirement funds.  What has happened to the short-haul trucking industry to change it from a middle-class profession to a “sweatshop on wheels”?    How can these truck drivers be integrated more fairly into an industry that cannot do without them?
MicroTabletsSupply chains, distribution centers, transportation hubs, multi-modal, and individual modes of transportation are vulnerable to the rise in cargo theft. FreightWatch International reported a rise of over 4% in cargo theft in 2010 with the trend continuing upward. While the food and beverage industry experienced the most cases, electronics was a close second accounting for over 18% of all cargo theft reported incidents. This case provides an opportunity to students to discuss options for dealing with cargo theft.
LenovoIn 2010, volcanic events in Iceland created massive disruptions to air travel across Western and Northern Europe over a two-month period in April and May[1]. Twenty countries closed their air space and the global supply chain was put at risk. Lenovo was no exception, and it suffered major disruptions to its regional supply chain. Lenovo’s Method of Transportation (MOT) from China was 100% air to air-to-ground customers.  Environmental disasters such as the volcanic eruption create added risk to the supply chain, increase costs, and negatively impact serviceability to the customer.

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