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The Crisis And The Opportunity

"The bigger the economic decline, the greater the acceleration, of what economist Joseph Schumpeter called creative destruction. This is the cycle where a recession causes declining industries and marginally successful business models to disappear faster than they would have if the national economy had continued to grow." by AuthorThis truly remarkable quote comes from Alec Levenson, a senior researcher at the USC Marshall Center for Effective Organizations. It is a quote that echoes what I have been chewing over, ever since we saw the impact of COVID-19 hitting our industry with brutal force....
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The Leap from “Logistics-as-a-Function” to “Logistics-as-a-Service” for Energy & Resources Sector

As the world learns to live with COVID-19, businesses are battling to stay relevant. The energy sector was hit a double blow with the prices of Brent hitting historical lows, and WTI futures running into negatives. Energy companies were quick in responding to the industry downturn by cutting capital expenditure by 30-40%, scaling back existing production, reducing workforce by 50-65%, running operations with essential workforce only, and halting drilling with rig counts reduced by more than half. Though a pandemic of this scale is unprecedented, energy companies have to find innovative ways to...
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Empowering Energy & Resources Workforce Logistics during COVID-19 Disruptions with Mathematical Optimization

Several thousands of workers in oil & gas, mining and construction sectors are stranded at work sites around the world due to the COVID-19 lock down. While companies make the best efforts to protect the health and safety of workers with regular health screenings, reduced essential workforce at project sites, checkerboard seating, limited community interactions, electronic act of acceptance, regular cleaning & disinfecting, seating restrictions during dining etc., it will take several months for the workforce to return to their normal rotating schedule. Many workers are enduring their s...
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COVID-19 update

To our valued customers and partnersThe COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on all of our lives and as the world responds to this outbreak our thoughts are with the people affected and the medical teams working hard around the clock to save lives. At IBS Software, we're working hard to do our part by ensuring the health and safety of our employees as they work remotely to support our customers and maintain a high level of service. We continue to monitor the situation closely and remain confident that we will be able to operate on a relatively normal basis, despite the constantly evo...
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Cargo Can't Talk (Or Can They?)

"Beep..."  RKN1212ZZ wakes up with a start. "...HQSAL001 calling coolcontainer" - the message comes through loud and clear. RKN1212ZZ responds "coolcontainer ready and receiving, state your command". Pat comes the reply "coolcontainer status report?"A pause, RKN1212ZZ checks her bearings - she'd made the long 10 hour intercontinental flight and had just checked in to the cool and secure confines of the special cargo facility. "Temperature at 10o Celsius, within tolerance of 8o to 12o Celsius; Battery 60%; GPS indicates position within acceptable variance of planned itinerar...
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