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THE PROMISE OF THE
More Sustainable, More Efficient and More Profitable Supply Chains
By MARy lOU JAy
rofessor Benoit Montreuil looks at today's logistics systems and sees
inefficiencies and unsustainable practices.
* Trucks and shipping containers frequently travel empty or only half full.
* Products sit in warehouses that are poorly utilized, far from the end customers, resulting in
unsold or unused merchandise.
* There is no fast and reliable multi-modal transportation.
* System-wide automation is not economically feasible because of the wide variety of items
shipped and the number of players operating independently.
* Breakthrough innovations are difficult to achieve because there are no generic standards and
protocols that apply throughout the distribution chain.
But Montreuil, a faculty member in the Department of Operations and Business Decisions
at Laval University in Québec, has a solution. He envisions a Physical Internet (PI) that will
transform the way physical objects are moved, stored, realized, supplied and used. The goal is
greater efficiency and sustainability.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of MHI Solutions - Volume 3, Issue 1
Total Supply Chain Visibilty
The Internet of Things
The Promise of the Physical Internet
Big Data’s Impact on Supply Chains
Industry Focus: The Aerospace Industry
Economic Market Analysis
Promat 2015 MHI Executive Summit and Annual Conference
Index of Advertisers
MHI Solutions - Volume 3, Issue 1