The LoDI Blog

Worker-Centric Design

If you were to design a facility that your children had to work in, what would it look like? Background This research is a response to the Material Handling & Logistics Summit of 2007, which identified several challenges for the Material Handling Industry in the...

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Order Fulfillment

You’ve probably seen this famous question on an Amazon site: “Want it delivered Saturday, October 15? Order it in the next 7 hours and 10 minutes, and choose One-Day Shipping at checkout.” But what if you want to order in 8 hours?  Why can’t you get one-day shipping...

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This is what it’s about

I am pleased to announce that last month, Parvaneh Jahani successfully defended her dissertation entitled, “Dynamic Warehouse Optimization Using Predictive Analytics.” Congratulations Parvaneh — Dr. Jahani! Shortly after I arrived to UofL, I was told that Parvaneh...

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Advanced Solutions invests in LoDI Lab

Advanced Solutions invests in LoDI Lab

Advanced Solutions, Inc. and its President and CEO Michael Golway have given a $1 million gift to the Logistics and Distribution Institute at UofL. The gift consists of three SmartBoards (two fixed, one portable) and a multi-seat license to their Slot3D software....

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Optimal Block Stacking

Optimal Block Stacking

I am pleased to announce that Shahab Derhami, Jeff Smith and I have just had a manuscript accepted in International Journal of Production Research entitled, “Optimizing Space Utilization in Block Stacking Warehouses.” Congratulations especially to Shahab—this is the...

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An updated LoDI Index

The Greater Louisville LoDI Index has recently undergone a dramatic update, bringing the data and modeling techniques more in-line with those used for the National LoDI Index. The data used as a predictor of health in the sector is now concentrated on the Trade,...

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Logistics Automation and Us

Logistics Automation and Us

Several years ago I began telling my children that I thought the greatest challenge for their generation was sensibly integrating technology into everyday life. It seemed at the time (and I continue to believe) that the blind adoption of rapidly advancing technology...

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Themes for Logistics Research: Order Fulfillment

Themes for Logistics Research: Order Fulfillment

Over the past couple of months, I have been thinking about issues in logistics worth investigating here at LoDI. The result was three "themes" of research, which I proposed during the LoDI Kickoff Meeting in September: Order Fulfillment, The Physical Internet, and...

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