From Bean to Cup: Starbucks, Supply Chain, and Sustainability

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Starbucks strives to serve great coffee – and to serve the myriad of communities it impacts. Follow us on a journey from coffee plantation to coffee shop, with stops along the way to improve the human condition and help ensure a sustainable planet.

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Walgreens Safe Medication Disposal Program

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Walgreens is leading the fight against prescription drug abuse with new programs to help curb the misuse of medications and reduce the rise in overdose deaths. In the first ongoing national effort by a retailer, Walgreens has installed safe medication disposal kiosks in over 600 pharmacies across 45 states including Washington D.C.

Walgreens safe medication disposal kiosks provide a safe and convenient way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medication at no cost, year-round.

Kiosks are available during regular pharmacy hours and offer one of the best ways to ensure medications are not accidentally used or intentionally misused by someone else.

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Birds of a Feather Shop Together- Demographics and Store Performance

Birds of a Feather Shop Together- Demographics and Store Performance

The proverb “Birds of a feather flock together” describes how those of similar taste congregate in groups. We live in neighborhoods in which we share similarities with our neighbors but do we shop at the same places and for the same reasons based on similarities?

When we look at markets like the San Francisco Bay Area there are many differences between individual customers, groups of customers and their neighbors. These variations can be explained by location and how it impacts shopping patterns and behaviors. Here we explore what’s factors are really important to customer activity and store performance.

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Location Analysis for Supply Chain

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Supply chains are an important part of every person’s daily life. They are a crucial part of a country’s economy, which sees the transportation and delivery of goods and services from provider to consumer. With supply chains comes the responsibility of supply chain management, a process that ensures the safe and timely delivery of these goods.

However, this process often has risk and potential for optimization. Supply chain professionals deal with unforeseen incidents and constantly changing environments and require absolute visibility with real-time monitoring capabilities. For a supply chain to be successful, there needs to be an integration of location awareness, real-time tracking, and risk analysis. GIS helps to make all of this possible.

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Building Materials Logistics & Geographic Optimization


Building Materials Logistics & Geographic Optimization.jpgThe distribution of concrete is one of the most complex logistics management tasks. Ready-mix concrete has a very short shelf life of approx. 90 minutes and small and large order quantities must be delivered quickly, accurately and as cost-effectively as possible to geographically widely distributed and frequently-changing unloading points.
The objectives are therefore conflicting. ‘Cost-effective’ means minimizing transport cost and driving distances and maximizing truck utilization. ‘Fast and accurate’ means creating robust and reliable plans, taking unforeseen eventualities into account, as well as exclusive delivery.
This leads to one of the most interesting issues of operations research, the Vehicle Routing Problem (VRP). The task is to design the optimal set of routes for a fleet of vehicles to serve a given set of customers.

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