Supply Chain & Logistics

Logistical Planning of a Mobile Food Retailer within an Urban Environment

Team Christopher Wishon Rene Villalobos One of the greatest health challenges currently facing U.S. residents is the increasing rates of diet-related diseases and issues. Since 1980, obesity, as measured by the body mass index (BMI), has increased by more than 15 percentage points with no statistically significant decreases over that time period. As of 2010, […]

Development of Logistics Efficiency Monitoring

The costs associated with product logistics represent one of the main drivers of a product’s final cost, where warehousing, inventory and transportation average approximately 8% of the final price (Davis and Drumm 1996). In this project we aim to develop a framework and specific tools that will enable us to monitor and improve the efficiency of logistics and transportation resources. The developed framework will yield two results: a logistics cost index to monitor system efficiency and a logistics performance metrics to benchmark the efficiency of specific freight movement rates.

 Implementation of a Logistics Platform for the Distribution of Fresh Produce from Sinaloa in the United States

In this project, our purpose is to improve the commercialization and distribution practices of fresh produce from Sinaloa into the United States. Particularly, we are proposing the development of a long term, progressive strategy to vertically integrate the Sinaloan fresh produce, supply chain through a logistics platform, so that producers gain more control of the distribution of their products.

Logistics Analysis of the Port of Guaymas in the Supply Chain of Regional Companies

Guaymas is one of the main Mexican ports in the Pacific, located 300 miles south of AZ. It currently handles bulk loads but doesn’t have a container terminal. The objectives of the study is to determine under what scenarios the industry of Sonora and Arizona would benefit with a regular container service in the Port of Guaymas started a regular container service.

Forecast and Capacity Planning for Nogales’ Ports of Entry

The two international points of entry connecting the cities of Nogales, Arizona with Nogales, Sonora in Mexico are vital for the economy of these two cities, the region and extremely important for trade between the United States and Mexico. Those ports are the Mariposa POE and the DeConcini POE. In order to meet the expected increase in traffic at the international ports of entry in Nogales, the federal government and the State of Arizona are considering the expansion of the capacity of both ports in the near future. Sizing this new capacity requires forecasting the demand for each of the ports of entry as a foundation for developing appropriate expansion plans.

Intelligent Food Defense Systems for International Supply Chains: The Case of Mexican Fresh Produce to the U.S.

In this project, we aim to expand the state-of-the-art of inspection strategy research to accommodate the unique characteristics of a particular sensitive type of imports: fresh produce. Our vision of this research is to have science-based intelligent inspection systems that can be used in a variety of fields, but not only the detection of “tainted” foodstuff problem. This research will develop highly adaptive inspection methodologies that over time can learn to detect new threats and will also easily incorporate new sensors and sources of information.

Efficiency Measures for Inbound Logistics Performance

This research looked for appropriate measures of performance for the inbound transportation system of a manufacturing plant, in order to assess, monitor and improve the performance of their transportation logistics. Along with the efficiency metrics, other tools were developed, such as control charts and action plans to continuously monitor the performance of the inbound transportation systems.

Generation of Improved Milk-runs for the Mexican Maquiladora Industry

Globalization has provided businesses with the ability to acquire and market products, resources and services throughout the world. This new business model is clearly different from the localized model of the past. As a result of globalization, companies have plants or subcontracts in countries that are thousands of miles apart and suppliers throughout the world. This project analyzed and improved the logistics practices in the Maquiladora industry by examining the in-bound supply chain for the air-bag plant of TRW in Chihuahua, Mexico.