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CALL FOR PROPOSALS INFORMS Transportation and Logistics Society 2022 Annual Workshop Submission Deadline: September 30, 2021   The INFORMS Transportation Science and Logistics (TSL) Society requests proposals for the 2022 TSL Annual Workshop. As with previous workshops, TSL will be accepting proposals to host the workshop at “any” location. Proposals should answer the following questions: Who will be the chair(s) of the workshop? Who else will be involved in organizing the workshop? When and where will the conference be held? Why is the chosen city an attractive location for a TSL Workshop? Notably, is the location accessible to a large ...
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The modern world is extremely rushed and it is easy to speed through the years that your kids are with you. Before you know it, they will be off to college and then family holidays will be even more scarce. Summer holidays were made for road trips and the perfect time to get back into touch with the clan. Here is how you can make your next road trip the ultimate family event.  Get some family input As adults, we often forget or neglect to get some input from the rest of the family when planning the itinerary for the road trip. When you know that your next family event is going to be a road trip, ask your kids where they would want to stop. If they ...
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The application window for TSL Cross Regional Grants has been extended until August 31st, 2021.   These grants were created as part of our efforts to generate more collaboration across the four TSL regions (North America, Central and South America; Europe, Middle East and Africa; and Asia, Australia and New Zealand). The grants and application process are described below, with one grant aimed at doctoral students to study abroad and the other more broadly focused at driving collaborative research. Note that one Cross-regional Collaborative Grant is funded in partnership with   VeRoLog . The deadline for submission is   August 31, 2021.   The awards will ...
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The Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad is hosting the 9 th  Informs Transportation Science and Logistics Society Workshop from 13 th  to   15 th  December 2021. The workshop will be delivered in a virtual mode.  The theme for the Workshop is " E-Commerce in an Emerging World ".  Upon popular request, the deadline for this workshop is being extended until August 31st 2021.  Workshop details can be found here:   https://conference.iima.ac.in/tsl2021/ Abstract can be submitted here:   https://easychair.org/my/conference?conf=tsl2021iima   Abstracts of max 1000 words should be submitted by 31st Aug 2021.  Selection of papers for presentation ...
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2020 marked the beginning of a new decade and the beginning of a year of unprecedented uncertainty. When the pandemic hit the world, it was the first world countries that were hit the hardest.  Panic set in and UK investors were found wanting as the COVID shook the world. The UK stock market was in tatters and many investors and firms sunk. However, a year later, things are starting to look up.  Current UK stock market health During the course of 2020, many markets tanked and several companies saw their shares drop by substantial margins. However, 2021 brought with it a glimmer of hope and stability due to closed markets that started to reopen. The vaccination ...
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Lockdowns became a dreaded word for many manufacturing company owners and managers during the long months they dominated the market due to COVID-19. The additional stress of sourcing raw materials and parts, added with worries about decreased demand and concerns about logistics, made it a challenging time to be a manufacturer. While many companies were tempted to put manufacturing audits on the backburner, most recognized that to do so would be to compromise quality. Here are reasons why these audits remain crucial, even during a lockdown: Every cent counts During an economic slowdown, the margin for error in a manufacturing process becomes even more ...
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Software as a service (SaaS) startups have been on the rise over the past years, and their growth has been facilitated by technological advances. Launching a SaaS startup may start by coming up with an idea and outlining the business needs.  You should focus on identifying what you want to launch and the ideas on how to have a successful launch and the powerful sites for promoting your business. Let's dive into the guidelines for launching and promoting the SaaS startup.  Create a solid plan A business plan is an important element of any startup. Instead of writing a long business plan, you can start with a short pitch. This is a quick way of getting ...
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Business approaches and tools, including the most advanced and proven, must adapt with time to suit the company and market states. Six Sigma is one of these approaches with multiple disciplines and branches having advanced from the initial concept over time to adapt to new needs. Lean Six Sigma combines management methods based on the Six Sigma principles and focuses on efficiency. Both methods aim to achieve more effective business processes with better yields but they differ in the goal realization process.  Six Sigma The goal of Six Sigma was to reduce the defect and variation rates in production using statistical analysis. It uses either the DMAIC ...
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The application window is open for TSL Cross Regional Grants.   These grants were created as part of our efforts to generate more collaboration across the four TSL regions (North America, Central and South America; Europe, Middle East and Africa; and Asia, Australia and New Zealand). The grants and application process are described below, with one grant aimed at doctoral students to study abroad and the other more broadly focused at driving collaborative research. Note that one Cross-regional Collaborative Grant is funded in partnership with   VeRoLog . The deadline for submission is   August 15, 2021.   The awards will be announced at the TSL Business ...
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We are happy to inform you that Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad is hosting the 9 th  Informs Transportation Science and Logistics Society Workshop from 13 th  to   15 th  December 2021. The workshop will be delivered in a virtual mode.  The theme for the Workshop is " E-Commerce in an Emerging World ".   E-commerce has revolutionized retail. It has evolved to meet the changing needs of people, and to make online shopping easier for the modern-day customer. When it started, e-commerce was fairly limited in its product offerings and capabilities. But today, e-commerce retail offers a wide assortment of products and orders are often delivered to the customers ...
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The goal of Instagram advertising is to reach a more targeted and larger audience through sponsored content on Instagram. This form of advertising is used to increase website traffic, brand exposure and generate more leads. Instagram advertising may be a great way to revamp the Instagram strategy and reach more audiences using a video, a set of images, or just one image. Whether you are a starter in Instagram marketing or continuing with the strategy, there are various types of ads to consider.  Story ads Story ads are very common on Instagram with millions of users posting stories regularly. They relate to clever placement and targeting. This means that ...
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E-commerce involves selling and buying goods online and the movement of the goods between the seller and the buyer. The ability to dispatch the right products at the right time to the right buyer is essential, which means having good supply chain management.  When a supply chain is efficient, e-commerce is able to meet and even surpass customer expectations. A well-developed supply chain, therefore, has the power to make or break a company.  Supply chain management includes the management of supply and demand, warehousing, tracking of inventory, entering and managing orders, distributing and delivering products to customers. The more uniform, automated and ...
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Few companies had made a move to create a remote customer service team pre-pandemic. However, when the Covid-19 reality struck and stay-at-home orders came into effect, it became a reality for many overnight. And it was not as easy as dispatching customer service team members home with a computer to work from home. Indeed, there is much more to it than that, as some companies have learned to their detriment. Here are some of the challenges of managing a remote customer service team and suggestions to overcome them: Tracking productivity Companies soon discovered that monitoring customer service employees online was more challenging than they had imagined. ...
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With the effects of pandemic becoming rampant in different countries worldwide, people learned different lessons that could enable them to survive the pandemic. The US sports organizers were no exception as they had to learn from Euro 2020, a 2021 edition of the tournament that has been highly affected by the coronavirus surge. From the way clubs, different countries pulled together to hold sports, leagues to fans coming together to facilitate Euro 2020, a few lessons stand out, clearly showing them what to consider when preparing for sports amidst pandemic. Interdependence is a key factor for survival sports The US sports organizers can learn from ...
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Join us for our monthly webinar on Friday June 11th at 9AM ET!  The next presentation will be given by John-Paul Clarke (The University of Texas at Austin, USA). He will talk about autonomous aircraft-enabled mobility.  The national vision for advanced aerial mobility is an airspace system that can support high-scale flight operations supporting any number of applications, using vehicles small and large, carrying passengers or cargo, and operating over cities or in remote areas. This vision will require greater aircraft and air traffic management (ATM) system autonomy; a synergistic relationship between vertiport locations and flight trajectories to address ...
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The application window is open for TSL Cross Regional Grants.   These grants were created as part of our efforts to generate more collaboration across the four TSL regions (North America, Central and South America; Europe, Middle East and Africa; and Asia, Australia and New Zealand). The grants and application process are described below, with one grant aimed at doctoral students to study abroad and the other more broadly focused at driving collaborative research. Note that one Cross-regional Collaborative Grant is funded in partnership with   VeRoLog . The deadline for submission is   August 15, 2021.   The awards will be announced at the TSL Business ...
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Of all the security issues online businesses face today, identity theft can often do some of the most severe damage. A major concern for businesses entrusted with personal data about customers is to prevent identity theft. Birth dates, email addresses, credit card numbers and other information collected in the course of sales must be protected.  In recent years many states have put laws in place to ensure that businesses protect such information. A data breach can be very costly for a business, negatively impacting cash flow, causing problems with suppliers and creditors, and damaging its reputation.  What is identity theft? In days gone by, thieves had ...
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Digital technology is revolutionizing the way HR works by making the recruitment process more effective and quicker. Both the candidates interviewed and the companies save lots of money, time, and effort by using the right digital tools to screen the candidates suitable for the job, conduct interviews, and evaluate them.  Here is a list of five prominent areas where digital technology is becoming indispensable in the recruitment field.  Data to reach the suitable candidates  Companies no longer hire in bulk and keep the candidates on the bench to use them when the right project appears. They advertise specific details on the platforms most frequented ...
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Many people in the corporate environment don’t realize that they can take leave if they have mental health issues and will struggle until their health becomes much worse. There is a stigma around mental health in the workplace and a valid fear of facing discrimination based on your mental health status.  Even before Covid-19 hit, more people were taking leave for mental health reasons, and work-related stress and anxiety are major contributing factors. Here are some benefits of taking a work sabbatical for mental health reasons.  Prioritize your wellbeing  Symptoms that you may be suffering from include overwhelming worry, sadness or anger, panic attacks, ...
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Do you always wake up bursting with energy and keen to get to work? If that doesn’t sound like you, you could be suffering from Monday blues or even all-week blues and a few adrenaline rush activities are guaranteed to fight the blues.    Pleasure boating   It’s time to take your drab workplace blues to fab and find activities that are so exciting they make you want to do them in the rain or snow. When you’ve got a boat and boat license, you can always expect thrilling weekends and getaways.    You just need to make sure you have a WA boating license as this Washington Boater Education Card proves that you have successfully completed ...
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