2018-07-09 2 min read


Planning & Strategy.

Making & Manufacturing.

Maintenance, Repair & Operations.

Distribution & Logistics.

  • Amazon announced its own last-mile delivery system, which will be comprised of contracted "entrepreneurs" who lease Amazon-branded trucks. "Building out a delivery operation with independently contracted service providers mirrors the strategy used by FedEx to create its home-delivery capability years ago, something it added after its founding as an air express company focused on overnight deliveries. UPS has a combined network of unionized drivers who are direct employees, as does the Postal Service." As a customer I find this a little disappointing, as (anecdotally) I find FedEx contractors to have incentive structures that make them considerably less accommodating than UPS's drivers.
  • The Bard College Center for the Study of the Drone (what a name) has a *very* comprehensive weekly newsletter about all manner of autonomous/remote operated vehicles. Geeky.
  • (Motivate operated) Ford GoBike's pedal-assist bikes get ~3x as many rides per day as the rest of their fleet.
  • Cosco will acquire its rival Orient Overseas International, put the Port of Long Beach into a US-run trust, and sell it.

Inspection, Testing & Analysis.


Vintage 1988 CFD simulation at NASA.

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