First Container Race is Underway

In an international shipment, a container might travel by any combination of transportation modes. This requires carefully choreographed hand-offs, from truck to port and then from port to ship for example. Each hand-off brings a chance of delay. Velocity also depends on schedules of shipping companies, throughput capacities at the ports, and precision of scheduling pick-ups and drop-offs. Students in Bartholdi’s class track two containers as they travel by alternate routes and carriers to the University of Cape Coast Hospital in the West African nation of Ghana. The students will analyze the efficiency of the routes.

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Global Package Race Puts Major Carriers to the Test

A group of 60 logistics students, led by professor and logistics expert John Bartholdi, sends identical boxes bound for places like Lomé , Togo and Split, Croatia. With no indication that there’s a competition underway, each carrier picks up its parcel, and the race begins. The progress of the packages is tracked online and students follow the often byzantine journey (across oceans, rivers and jungles and sometimes by bicycle) from Atlanta, Georgia, to a location that may not even have an official street address.

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