Category Archives: Logistics

Multimodality, ridesharing, and collaboration: Operations optimization and the future of transportation

Like many other sectors, the world of transportation is experiencing a period of profound disruption. From the sharing economy to mobility-as-a-service, autonomous vehicles to solid state batteries, new technologies, business models and social trends are transforming the way passengers and freight travel. Olivier Gallay, Assistant Professor at HEC Lausanne and an expert in operations research, explains how his work in transport optimization is helping to shape the future of transportation.

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Tales of the unexpected: understanding risk at the extremes

Business as usual is the normal state affairs, and the world that managers and policymakers operate within most of the time. Occasionally, however, that world is shaken by unforeseen extreme events, from stock market crashes to earthquakes.

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Time is money: calculating lead time value in SCM

Deciding optimal supply chain lead times involves calculating a number of difficult tradeoffs. New research makes that calculation a lot easier, allowing firms to gain a more precise understanding of the true value of time in the manufacturing supply chain.

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The real value of producing close to demand: CDF calculator presentation

OpLab, Laboratory in the Operations Department at HEC Lausanne, has developed a tool to calculate the real value of producing close to demand. And if it were cheaper to “reshore”?

Watch this video by Suzanne de Treville, Professor of Operations Management and OpLab’s Director.

 Video: 10 min

The CDF tool is freely available as a public service: cdf-oplab.unil.ch