sold out!!!!

In every store, in every community, in every place….from all over the world store there is a key product that rather than seeing that its sales are falling day by day, experience the precise opposite.

Mercadona Perfumery aisle shelves (Valencia) and (Madrid)

They are the famous hand-cleaning gels, already known during the past illnesses: “Bird flu”, or “Ébola”, which are supposed to disinfect and kill the microorganisms they come into contact with. And they are among the first products to be sold out in supermarkets around the world. Currently, with the Coronavirus, the image of empty shelves is an evidence of the social alarm that has been triggered among citizens.

Despite the wide variety of gels offered by supermarkets, the out-of-stock sign is the new double-edged sword for the economy of certain companies.

Hand-cleaning gels (Mercadona)

Can that fit on each other and fit with the environment

As we commented in class, the packaging is an important factor in the design of a product. The packaging will protect the product in order to be delivered without harm to the clients but also is important for logistics because this will affect the way to transport and handle it. 

Packaging represents approximately 15% of the cost of the product. We have to take into consideration that it is not only the glass, the plastic bottle, the tetra pack, is also the pallet, the plastic, the strips among others. Material that most of it will be garbage at the of the day and will end in the ocean and dumps (More than 200 kilos are throw to the ocean every second)

A lot of companies are becoming aware of the damages and the new trends and are innovating and trying to find ways to contaminate less and save money with the packaging. An example of innovation is CORONA, of Grupo Modelo, a Mexican beer company that is trying to eliminate the use of plastic of the six-pack rings with interlocking cans

This new innovation is called Fit pack and the design is available so everyone can use it, is an effort to eliminate the use of plastic in the industry. The beverage industry is responsible for producing 16.5 million tons of plastic packaging every year and around 8.8 million tons enter the ocean every year.

This is a great idea that will help the environment and reduce costs.

I am not a luggage

I want to share with you the situation which took place in January in Russia in flight from New York to Sofia via Moscow.

Passenger Maxim Chumachenko handed over the carrying with three cats to the luggage compartment in accordance with Aeroflot rules. Based on the norms, it is forbidden to take animals with you into the cabin, whose weight together with the container exceeds 8 kilograms.

When unloading luggage at Sheremetyevo, ”, another passenger flying the same flight told Chumachenko that cats were “thrown. He ran to the Aeroflot counter and asked where the animals were. He also asked why the cargo was not served one of the first, even though he paid for this service. “There they mumbled something to me that our animals were the last to board,” he said.

Chumachenko received broken carryings with cats from warehouse employees: one of them had a “bottom gone to the ceiling,” so they tied it up with a rope on top. The passenger was allowed to take cats into the cabin, but they died anyway: one on a plane from Moscow to Sofia, the other on the table at the veterinarian after landing.

According to preliminary conclusions, both pets died from internal hemorrhage, which provoked injuries received during transportation.

The third cat flew a transfer from New York to Sofia, so the owner did not know about her fate. She survived, but, judging by the diagnosis from the veterinarian, she received a frostbite.

Russian airline Aeroflot has become a target for social media criticism. The airlines themselves began to criticize airport workers, because it was, they who transported from one plane to another.

In addition to the disgusting treatment of animals by both guilty parties, they are trying to shift responsibility to each other.

Based on the method “problem/not a problem” analysis performed in the class, you can clearly see how this problem was not a significant problem until a tragic incident occurred.

Passengers have always talked about the incredible difficulties in transporting animals related to documentation, booking a seat in the cabin or in the luggage compartment, with a considerable amount of information and requirements for carrying the animal.

In response, the owner of an animal did not receive the necessary information about where and how the animal is transported, never were published some photos of the place of animals in the airplane and never were published the conditions in which the animal is during the trip.

In the modern world, according to statistics, every second habitant of the planet has a cat or dog. And it is accurate and understandable that they have the right to be transported under conditions, if not equated to human, then at least in those that do not threaten their life and health physical and psychological.

After the cats’ deaths, Russian users took to Aeroflot’s social media pages to leave negative comments, many of them were deleted. Soon, the comments transformed into a flashmob of photos showing pets in suitcases next to a sign saying “I’m not luggage. I’m a passenger!”

I can describe my experience with transporting my cat to Valencia. We flew three times with 2 different airlines, one of which was Aeroflot. 3 times I was presented with 3 different rules on the characteristics that a cat carrier should have so that I can take it with me to the salon. And if in the case of the S7 airline, which we flew twice, the airline’s employees were sympathetic to the fact that it is impossible to place an adult cat with the declared 20 cm, which should be a box for the cat , even if it is up to 4 kg, then in the case of Aeroflot wanted to put on a flight. Since the cat, along with the carrying, did not exceed the norm for carriage in the salon (up to 8 kg with Aeroflot), I refused to send him in luggage. During long negotiations and calls to the support service, and without having received permission to go through, I bought the 3rd carrier at the airport from the airline, which has an international standard for its branded transportation boxes for animals. However, this standard did not meet the Aeroflot standard, but it corresponded to the international standard, I managed to get into the salon with such a transfer and place it under the seat in front of the standing chair.

– All airlines set their own standard for transporting animals on an airplane, both for the cabin and for the luggage compartment, which they themselves do not always adhere to.

– Although you pay for the transportation of the animal, the animal is perceived as well as luggage, and also stands as an additional “non-standard baggage”.

-For the transportation of an animal, a lot of certificates should be presented, both at the exit and at the entrance, subject to its health, i.e. if the animal is sick, then it cannot move with its owner. While for people there is absolutely no medical check before boarding a flight.

Even in the course of the situation with coronavirus escalated in Europe, on the day this post was written 24/02/20 in Spain and in particular in Valencia there is not a single control over visitors. In this example, I can only note this airport, since it was precisely today that my friend flew from Russia to Valencia.

How the delivery drones are changing the logistic

8 years ago amazon tried its first delivery system using an automatic drone, the new service was called amazon prime air, from now on, the online marketplaces face a new opportunity and challenge for improving their businesses, the agility, easiness and convenience of using air transport may create new expectations among the customers which choose which website they will use depending on facts like the speed of the delivery.

The drones are cheaper to operate, however the market stills new and there inquiries to solve like the safety of the devices, the visual pollution that a thousand of drones flying around the city may generate, the restriction in terms of weight and size of the cargo, the good and adequate weather dependence and the autonomy of the flights to reduce the amount of proximity warehouses. In terms of warehousing the drones also help, the land drones may help in the management of the warehouses and the problems that their delivery brothers have are reduced due to the fact of being operated and controlled in a smaller and closer spaces which do not affect thirds. The automatization of the warehouses may be a bit expensive but could represent an increase In the logistic performance efficiency of a company.

To ilustrate what I have said, I post a video of a company which nowadays offer the service of air-drone delivery systems.

Coronavirus and logistics

Hi! I want to talk about a recent and popular topic, the Coronavirus and how this had affected the logistics and supply chain of many enterprises around the world, not only China. Wuhan is the capital of Hubei province, it was considered the political, economic, financial and commercial center of Central China, and was a major transportation hub that connected with other major cities. Wuhan is the most populous city in Central China, with a population of 9.8 million, has more than 6000 enterprises from over 80 countries, major industries include optical-electronics, automobile, iron, and steel manufacturing.

How coronavirus has affected logistics? On one hand, due to the coronavirus outbreak, the city has stopped its operations, most of the companies have shut down like PepsiCo, Siemens, Renault, Honda, and Peugeot Citroen, etc. The closure of the companies has affected national and international suppliers, transportation companies, employees, that have stopped operations due to orders cancellations.

Video showing the mask scarcity in Japan. Empty shelters.

On the other hand, there has been a shortage of products like food and masks. Masks and alcohol have increased the demand exponentially, national and international companies had at least double the production, are working 3 shifts a day, 7 days a week to increase the supply of these products in China, Japan, and countries that have coronavirus cases. How are been delivered? Logistics and transportation never stop, in Wuhan, these people are still working. In the case of food, there has been an increase in online orders, so people can receive their groceries at home and don´t have to get out of their homes. In the case of masks, alcohol, and medicine, the routes of transportation have increased, by truck, automobile, bicycle, and by foot.

Transportation of Masks to the main hospitals in Wuhan
Grocery transportation of online orders

Although a lot of sectors are not working, transportation cannot stop, is a vital element in order to support society with medicines and food. There are a lot of things related to logistics that we can talk about, this is just a small summary of enormous impact of a SRAS in society.