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Join us for our monthly webinar on Friday May 7th at 12PM ET!  The next presentation will be given by Elise-Miller Hooks (George Mason University, Virginia, USA). She will talk about a Resilient Global Port Network.  Ports are critical components of the global supply chain, providing key connections between land- and maritime-based transport modes. They operate in cooperative, but competitive, co-opetitive, environments wherein the throughput of individual ports is linked through an underlying transshipment network. The ports, as well as supporting rail and roadway system infrastructures, however, are by the nature of their designs and locations inherently ...
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Nominations are invited for the 2021 Dissertation Prize Competition sponsored by the INFORMS Society on Transportation Science & Logistics . This award is the oldest and most prestigious honor for doctoral dissertations in the transportation science and logistics area. The award is accompanied by a $500 honorarium for the winner. In addition, the winner and the recipient of an honorable mention (if any) each receives an 8x10 plaque announcing the award. The following criteria will be used in judging candidate dissertations. • Fundamental contribution and originality of the ideas or methods. • Practical importance or applicability in solving important ...
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The Robert Herman Lifetime Achievement Award in Transportation Science is awarded at most every second year by the INFORMS Transportation Science and Logistics Society to an individual who throughout his or her professional career has made fundamental and sustained contributions to transportation science and logistics, and has influenced the field through her or his writings, teaching, service, and nurturing of younger professionals. The award is accompanied by $750 honorarium. Nominations must be emailed no later than June 30, 2021 to the Committee Chair (Ann Campbell at ann-campbell@uiowa.edu ). The nomination must include a cover letter summarizing ...
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Being enrolled in an engineering course is the joy of every hardworking student out there. In most cases, many students forget about the rigorous demands of the engineering courses, and that's why we have so many of them dropping out or changing their courses.  It feels amazing to be associated with an engineering course, but the responsibilities that come with it are overwhelming. Changing your thinking patterns and acquiring new super skills is something that is never a bed of roses. Below are a few tips on how to overcome the rigorous course demands of an engineering college. Take additional courses What you learn in engineering courses cannot fully ...
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We congratulate the University of Iowa's Tippie College of Business who won the UPS George D. Smith Prize 2021! The award recognizes excellence in preparing students to become practitioners of operations research and analytics. More details: https://www.informs.org/About-INFORMS/News-Room/Press-Releases/University-of-Iowa-Department-of-Business-Analytics-Awarded-the-2021-INFORMS-UPS-George-D.-Smith-Prize
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Guy Desaulniers will present his work on A Branch-Price-and-Cut Algorithm for a Two-Echelon Vehicle Routing Problem with Time Windows . More details on our TSL webinar series including recordings can be found here .
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Launching a startup takes courage and many startups do not succeed. While there are successful entrepreneurs who rely on their instincts, there is no doubt that entrepreneurs can benefit in many ways from a formal business education.  A good idea on its own is not enough – you need basic business knowledge, marketing skills, project management skills and many other skills to achieve success. So how can a formal business education help?  Comprehensive business knowledge Formal business education provides you with a basic knowledge of essential areas of business such as finance, accountancy and stock control. When it comes to employing staff, leasing premises, ...
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When customers don’t pay their bills, this affects your cash flow and can mean you don’t have enough money to make essential payments to keep your business running. Managing late payment can be difficult because you don’t want to ruin a relationship with a customer but it is essential if you want to stay in business.  Asking people to pay you what they owe you is part of owning a business and should be done in a professional rather than an emotional way.  1. Set the terms early on From the time you start doing business with customers, you need to carefully assess your risks of doing business with them. Myaccredit.com suggests you start by running   business ...
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People share a deep connection to the ocean that is not easily understood. But, anyone will tell you that a beach holiday is one of the best cures for sadness and it can do wonders for your state of mind.  So, if you’re planning your next holiday and you want to go to the best possible place for your mental and physical well-being, here are some more reasons why you’ll want to make it a beach trip.  Ocean sounds bring calm Ocean sounds are repetitive and quieter than the hundreds of sounds you might hear in a minute of the city buzz. The crashing of waves on the shore offers the same reprieve as saying a mantra during meditation. Your brain can enter ...
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Take a look at the freelancers applying for jobs on freelancer platforms. You will see that freelancers are working professionals from across many different industries embracing freelancing to earn more bucks. If you want to make it a long-term career, it will require discipline and some useful productivity tools to ensure it remains constantly viable.  Time and billing software Every freelancer working at home can so easily succumb to all kinds of distractions. The solution can be to have effective time management habits. Specialized time management software tools for accountants, marketers, lawyers and other such professionals can help a lot with establishing ...
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One of the biggest threats to businesses everywhere is card fraud consisting of both debit and credit cards. Luckily, this type of fraud is preventable as long as you take the right approach to do so using the right technology, tools, and awareness. One of the integral keys to preventing this type of fraud requires a thorough comprehension of how this fraud occurs and conducting an audit of your business systems to learn how to patch up your areas of vulnerability. By identifying this key information, you will be able to better detect and prevent this type of fraud in your business. Different Card Fraud Schemes There are a lot of criminals who are ...
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Gilbert Laporte, honorary professor at HEC Montreal and former editor of Transportation Science, has received the prestigious Killam prize by the Canada Council for the Arts in the Engineering domain. The prize has been awarded for his long-standing contribution to the development of analytical tools and algorithms that have made an outstanding contribution to engineering research.  Further information is available from the Canada Council .  As a TSL community, we congratulate Gilbert Laporte to this great achievement!
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Like many other industries, maritime logistics is more and more driven by optimization and analytics to make the best out of the wealth of data that is generated through modern technologies. This opens up lots of research questions in areas such as the operations management of autonomous ships and port equipment, a better understanding of markets through the analysis of demands and price data, new forms of collaborations and many more. Emerging innovations can support all kinds of actors from the maritime logistics industry in making better decisions, reaching higher levels of performance, becoming more sustainable and, eventually, improving their competitiveness. ...
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There are many reasons why customers stop doing business with you. Bad customer services may be one, but in more recent times, it’s Covid-19 to blame. Businesses have been forced to shut. Customers understand the reasons and this means it will be much easier to win them back again.  Engagement with all screens Covid-19 may have resulted in no more customers and a huge drop in your sales levels, but reopening after closure is here again and it’s time to regain those lost customers. Mandoe Media at mandoemedia.com   is a software company used by many different industries. They specialize in getting marketing programs on to digital signage, which is ...
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A chief information officer (CIO) is the executive in charge of information technology. As technology has evolved, so has the role of the CIO. Today a CIO not only has to manage IT teams and assets like hardware and software, but is also responsible for strategic planning related to computer systems and networks. It is often the CIO that leads the execution of digital transformation initiatives.  CIOs normally need a blend of hard skills, such as a background in data science to establish an understanding of technology and an MBA to know how to apply technology to business operations. However, they also need soft skills, such as communication skills. Here ...
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Sven Mueller and Knut Haase organize a 4-day online PhD course on Choice-Based Optimization. You can find further information (course content, registration, fees) here: https://vhbonline.org/en/veranstaltungen/prodok/kurse-2021/2107ms09
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The INFORMS TSL workshop 2021 will take place online on July 19-20, 2021 . The theme of this TSL workshop is Interaction in Transport and Logistics . This theme captures the two main goals: 1) It refers to the main purpose of the workshop, interaction within our community. Especially given that the workshop is online, and social distancing is our everyday norm, this is an important design pillar for planning the workshop. 2) The focus of the theme is on the interaction between supply and demand, i.e., the interaction between providers and users of transport. Important dates : Abstract submission deadline: May 10 th 2021 Acceptance ...
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Hello, TSL Society! After a year that was full of challenges for all of us, I would first like to wish you a happy new year and hope that you find yourself and those you care about in good health. I am excited to take on the role of TSL President, as I consider it to be my academic home. TSL has provided me with many opportunities over the course of my career to develop relationships that I have enjoyed and benefited from both personally and professionally. I hope during my year as president to create an environment that provides similar opportunities to current and future TSL members. I would like to thank Ann Campbell both for her past service as 2020 TSL ...
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As technology advances, companies are increasingly finding themselves caught at a crossroads. The question being asked is whether they are to absorb and adopt the newest innovation or to bide their time and hold onto their tech and infrastructure, which has been sufficient to this point.  The question between on-premise servers versus cloud-based computing is a multi-faceted one that does not necessarily provide a one-size-fits-all answer. The key differences lie in the requirements of each company considered alongside the possible solutions to the problems faced. These are some of the considerations and options in the argument between on-premise and cloud ...
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Any SEO specialist who has failed to build quality links will tell you that they have everything to build fantastic backlinks: free files, profile links, contributions of posts, trolling of feedback, etc., but none seem to work.  Building good quality backlinks takes a higher level of dedication and there is no shortcut to it. To be successful with it and boost your SEO, follow these simple steps below. Know what marketers are linking to Rummage the sites that presently have impressive backlinks and explore their link profiles, to begin with. Check for 'Lotsa links' pages because they have shown their link quality is worthwhile. These strategies will ...
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