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No Vehicle, No Aid: A Literature Review of Humanitarian Aid Logistics and Vehicle Fleet Management

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As a part of the supply chain alternative thesis project, various research seminars were attended to understand various topics relevant to the supply chain academic community. After attending these seminars, the topic of humanitarian aid logistics and vehicle fleet management

As a part of the supply chain alternative thesis project, various research seminars were attended to understand various topics relevant to the supply chain academic community. After attending these seminars, the topic of humanitarian aid logistics and vehicle fleet management was selected for review. In order to understand humanitarian logistics, its relevance, and its path forward, a comprehensive literature review was completed to address its current status. Through research and analysis of ten academic studies, four common themes were addressed. Last mile logistics and procurement management styles were two underlying themes or areas of improvement throughout most academic studies. It was found in the majority of studies, various types of statistical modelling were used to prove hypotheses supporting improvement in last mile logistics and procurement management styles. Lastly, among academic studies, interviews and commentary supplied by actual field employees analyzed the feasibility of real-world implementation of proposed solutions. It was concluded that while focusing on improvements related to successful last mile deliveries and procurement management styles are relevant to bettering commercial supply chains, solutions for humanitarian aid logistics must be more specific, microlevel to address the complex needs of each organization. It was also recommended that academic researchers work to close communication and knowledge gaps between themselves and practitioners, in order to provide better context for the problems they attempt to solve.

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2019-05

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The Appropriate Implementation of Remote Work in the Field of Logistics

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This paper will cover topics regarding remote work. More specifically, remote work for the field of logistics. It will also dive into remote work platforms themselves e.g., Slack, Zoom, etc. Microsoft Teams, the specific software we used while I was

This paper will cover topics regarding remote work. More specifically, remote work for the field of logistics. It will also dive into remote work platforms themselves e.g., Slack, Zoom, etc. Microsoft Teams, the specific software we used while I was at my internship, will be analyzed as well. I will, specifically, be analyzing the fundamental issues that occurred during my internship, developing a feasible solution with a laid-out process for each one. After the proper execution of these processes, I will discuss my results. I found that time is the most critical component of an optimal transition to remote work. Finally, I will conclude with reflections on my findings, insights from current working supply chain professionals, and prompt further research that could be done.

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2021-05