Monday, May 20, 2013

Book Chat Update - Week 2

This past week was a bit slow. I must confess, it was a busy week for me and proved difficult in keeping up with my reading assignment! As such, I’d like to include Chapter 5 along with Chapters 6 and 7 for this week’s chat.

For this week, please include #logcluster_3 when posting thoughts. Feel free to throw out any thoughts, links to websites etc.

If you’d like to comment on the previous chapters, again, feel free to do so either on Twitter or on the blog.

My thanks to @MITesd for retweeting posts!

A few posts from this past week include the follow:

·        Chapter 4 covered operational advantages of logistics clusters. How can transport be an operational advantage? How can warehousing/distribution be an operational advantage?

·        How can reverse logistics benefit from logistics clusters?

·        CO (consolidated operations) carrier hubs seem to be natural locations for logistics clusters to develop. Carriers such as FedEx, DHL and UPS all seem to benefit. What are other pluses?

·        Ports, airports, rail/intermodal hubs are also locations for logistics clusters to develop. Thoughts?

Articles of interest:

The expansion of the Panama Canal has resulted in many Caribbean islands, particular Cuba, Dominican Republic and Jamaica to create plans for logistics hubs. Investments are underway to improve infrastructure – roads, airports and expansion of ports.

The White House announced that it will coordinate three competitions for teams across the U.S. to win a combined $200 million to develop manufacturing innovation hubs. The competition comes on the heels of the government’s successful pilot program of the innovation hub model in Youngstown, Ohio. The process of additive manufacturing, which is the technical term for 3-D printing, is being developed in Youngstown to help advance the understanding and use of this new technology in the U.S.