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This paper analyzes the impact of the December 2022 winter storm on Southwest Airlines (SWA). The storm caused delays and cancellations for all airlines, but SWA was the only major airline that was unable to recover fully. The disruption was unique due to the higher volume of people traveling during the holiday season and the lack of good alternative transportation for stranded passengers. The paper explains SWA's point-to-point (PTP) model, which allows them to offer competitive ticket prices, and organizational factors that have helped them hold a significant market share. The paper also discusses previous failures of SWA's IT and aircraft maintenance management systems and the outdated crewing system, which were not addressed until after the storm. The paper uses AnyLogic agent based modeling to investigate why SWA was so affected and why it took them so long to recover.
Within recent years, the drive for increased sustainability within large corporations has drastically increased. One critical measure within sustainability is the diversion rate, or the amount of waste diverted from landfills to recycling, repurposing, or reselling. There are a variety of different ways in which a company can improve their diversion rate, such as repurposing paper. A conventional method would be to simply have a recycling bin for collecting all paper, but the concern for large companies then becomes a security issue as confidential papers may not be safe in a traditional recycling bin. Salt River Project (SRP) has tackled this issue by hiring a third-party vendor (TPV) and having all paper placed into designated, secure shredding bins whose content is shredded upon collection and ultimately recycled into new material. However, while this effort is improving their diversion, the question has arisen of how to make the program viable in the long term based on the costs required to sustain it. To tackle this issue, this thesis will focus on creating a methodology and sampling plan to determine the appropriate level of a third-party recycling service required and to guide efficient bin-sizing solutions. This will in turn allow for SRP to understand how much paper waste is being produced and how accurately they are being charged for TPV services.