Building a transport system that works: Five insights from our 25-city report

McKinsey & Company

We benchmarked urban-transport systems in 25 cities around the globe to find out what goes into the making of a smooth commute. Insights on Operations Operations

Resilience in transport and logistics

McKinsey

The transportation-and-logistics sector is especially susceptible to economic shocks. Here’s how to prepare your operations for a smoother ride. Insights on Operations

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Tapping into the future of transport with the hyperloop

McKinsey & Company

Insights on Operations OperationsIn this video, Virgin Hyperloop CEO and cofounder Josh Giegel outlines his vision for mass adoption by the end of the decade.

How airlines should manage IT failures and security breaches to improve operational stability

McKinsey

Insights on Travel, Transport & LogisticsTo face up to challenges stemming from digital innovation, airline executives should work to secure technology delivery, manage cyberrisk, and address costs, among other actions.

Will airline hubs recover from COVID-19?

McKinsey

We believe the hub model will remain relevant postcrisis, but airlines will need to update their operations and network strategies. Insights on Travel, Logistics & Transport InfrastructureConnecting traffic has been particularly hard hit by COVID-19.

A more personalized world: An interview with the CEO of Tokyo Metro

McKinsey & Company

Improved technology with better data, more attractive destinations, and increased harmony with infrastructure show how public transportation can help riders spend their days doing what they like. Insights on Operations Operations

Drivers Not Needed: Tesla "Autopilot" Software Allows Self-Parking Without Driver; Completely Driverless Public Transport Test in Arizona

MishTalk

Driverless transport to and from airports and around college campuses is the logical next step. Completely Driverless Public Transport Test in Arizona Spectrum reports Uber Could Be First to Test Completely Driverless Cars in Public Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has made no secret about wanting robots to replace human drivers in his rideshare service—and now he’s found somewhere to develop them. "Autopilot" Self-Parking Hate parking cars in tight spaces in garages or streets?

Distraction or disruption? Autonomous trucks gain ground in US logistics

McKinsey

As logistics goes digital, profound changes are coming to industry structure, operations, and profits. Insights on Travel, Transport & LogisticsIn the first of a series, we examine the impact of autonomous trucks.

Navigating the EU rail-market liberalization

McKinsey

The European Union’s liberalization of the commercial long-distance passenger-rail market will have sizable impact for both operators and investors, potentially benefiting the entire rail industry. Insights on Travel, Transport & Logistics

IoT Disruptions in 3 Industries and What You Can Learn From Them

Tom Spencer

Transport and Logistics. The efficient transport of both goods and people is a key aspect of the smooth running of any economy. IoT is already changing the industry through the development of intelligent transport systems as well as in-vehicle monitoring systems that can record a wealth of telemetry data, as well as respond to changes in real-time. These systems can broaden operational efficiencies and improve public and road safety.

How to Turn Intangible Concepts into Tangible Services

The Fearless Marketer

And you answer, “I’d like to buy some transportation.”. Well, yes, you want transportation, but the salesperson can’t actually sell you that, it’s only a concept. I know, this sounds stupid, nobody would try to buy ‘transportation.’. But every day, independent professionals are trying to sell concepts that are just as abstract as transportation. What automated processes would be in operation? What are you actually selling?

How to Turn Intangible Concepts into Tangible Services

The Fearless Marketer

And you answer, “I’d like to buy some transportation.”. Well, yes, you want transportation, but the salesperson can’t actually sell you that, it’s only a concept. I know, this sounds stupid, nobody would try to buy ‘transportation.’. But every day, independent professionals are trying to sell concepts that are just as abstract as transportation. What automated processes would be in operation? What are you actually selling?

How Arizona Is Leading the Autonomous Vehicle Revolution - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM ARIZONA COMMERCE AUTHORITY

Harvard Business

Self-driving vehicles, once a science fiction technology, are rapidly becoming a reality that promises to transform our lives – making it safer and more efficient to move people and goods, while reinventing our thinking about transportation. This fleet of driverless cars — 600 Chrysler Pacifica mini-vans, operated by Google’s Waymo — can be seen today daily on the streets where companies like GM and Ford also are testing autonomous innovations.

Why the Future of E-Commerce Depends on Better Roads

Harvard Business

The second is that money spent on transportation is too often squandered on megaprojects that have great ribbon-cutting moments but don’t “fix” traffic because they are based on myth and obsolete thinking. Spending to maintain the transportation system we have would seem to be an essential part of any strategy to keep traffic from getting worse. Down the line, automation will allow buses to operate like virtually linked trains at a fraction of the cost of rail.

The Right and Wrong Ways to Regulate Self-Driving Cars

Harvard Business

“Self-driving” or “smart” cars will simply become whatever we call the next generation of transportation technology. legal system is already having trouble keeping up with the pace of developments in transportation. While cars have been getting smarter and smarter, the removal of human operators is what will dramatically change the law. Regulation Technology Transportation Digital Article

Hard Questions on Our Transition to Driverless Cars

Harvard Business

Given how central automotive transportation is to our cities, commerce, and daily lives, saying that AI will change life as we know it is no understatement. This distinction is important because the driver is typically the most expensive part of a transport business, be it taxi services, last-mile logistics, or long-haul trucking. Transportation. Economics & Society Supply chain Transportation Digital ArticleArtificial intelligence (AI) is transforming the automobile.

How Ford Is Thinking About the Future

Harvard Business

Only when the service was successfully operating did Ford begin to expand it, adding dozens of new routes and growing its local fleet to more than 200 vehicles. Indeed, the Dearborn, Michigan company is assembling a broad portfolio of ventures led by teams organized into four groups: Ford X is charged with discovering and developing new business ideas and managing the Transportation Mobility Cloud, which is aimed at enabling vehicles, objects, and city infrastructure to communicate.

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To Understand the Future of Tesla, Look to the History of GM

Harvard Business

That year, as management tried to coordinate all the operating details across all the divisions, the company almost went bankrupt when poor planning led to excess inventory, with unsold cars piling up at dealers and the company running out of cash. Each of these GM divisions focused on its own day-to-day operations with each division general manager responsible for the division’s profit and loss. Business history Entrepreneurship Innovation Transportation Digital Article

Uber Can’t Be Fixed — It’s Time for Regulators to Shut It Down

Harvard Business

Indeed, employees at every turn faced personal and professional risks in defying the law; two European executives were indicted and arrested for operating without required permits. It was Lyft that first invited drivers to provide transportation through their personal vehicles. In normalizing violations, therefore, Uber has shifted the entire urban transport business and set an example for other sectors.

Driverless Cars Will Change Auto Insurance. Here’s How Insurers Can Adapt

Harvard Business

Insurers that vigorously pursue the short- and medium-term opportunities presented by cyber insurance, product liability insurance, and infrastructure insurance – while making careful strategic decisions about their partner ecosystems, operating models, and value propositions – are most likely to thrive in a driverless environment. Business models Risk management Technology Transportation Automotive Financial Services Digital ArticleTim Evans for HBR.

The Real Reason Uber Is Giving Up in China

Harvard Business

On Monday Uber said that it is selling its operation in China to a rival Chinese ride-sharing company whose CEO was in that foreshadowing photo. Kalanick gets the same on Didi Chuxing’s board, and Uber gets around a 20% share of the Chinese company, which will run Uber’s Chinese operation as a separate brand. Uber China also installed servers on Chinese soil to prevent its operations from getting disrupted while passing over China’s notorious firewall.

The Tragic Crash of Flight AF447 Shows the Unlikely but Catastrophic Consequences of Automation

Harvard Business

For most pilots, automation usually ensures that operations stay well within safe, predictable limits. Regular, hands-on engagement and control builds and maintains system knowledge, enabling operators, managers, and others who oversee complex systems, to identify anomalies, diagnose unfamiliar situations, and respond quickly and appropriately. Transportation Technology Risk management Aerospace & Defense Digital Article

Introducing the ECS Technology Index

BCG

Digital technology is revolutionizing the way engineering, construction, and services (ECS) companies operate, presenting tremendous opportunities for value creation. The biggest savings will probably be in institutional building, transportation, energy, and communications. Article Wednesday, October 26, 2016. This article is an excerpt from Building Endurance, the 2016 Value Creators Report.

Why Hospitals Need Better Data Science

Harvard Business

Airlines are arguably more operationally complex, asset-intensive, and regulated than hospitals, yet the best performers are doing a better job by far than most hospitals at keeping costs low and make a decent profit while delivering what their customers expect. Southwest Airlines, for example, has figured out how to do well the two operational things that matter most: Keep more planes in the sky more often, and fill each of them up more, and more often, than anyone else.

The Reason Air Travel Is Terrible and So Few Airlines Are Profitable

Harvard Business

Today the airlines that participate in GALs transport more than two-thirds of all international traffic. Today, air taxi companies operate in a similar fashion to the Southwest of yore. Competitive strategy Disruptive innovation Regulation Transportation Digital ArticleWhy is the airline industry so terrible? What frequent flyer has not asked him- or herself this question? There is an answer, and it has to do with the dynamics of disruption.

Bringing the Sharing Economy to Shipping

BCG

The expenses associated with transporting empty boxes to locations where they can be loaded with cargo represent 5% to 8% of a typical carrier’s total operating costs and amount to $15 billion to $20 billion each year for the industry. We believe that digital technologies can help carriers and other container operators manage a considerably larger share of imbalances and thus achieve significant cost savings. . Article Monday, November 14, 2016.

A School Lunch is Better Than No Lunch

Martinka Consulting

Food suppliers to schools are having a tough time getting food and other supplies, they don’t have enough workers, and transportation is an issue. It’s tough operating a business when you don’t know when you’ll get materials, will you have enough employees, will your customers want what you have if they can’t get other things needed to make their product or do their business. I was a cafeteria monitor for at least my senior year in high school (maybe my junior year also).

When Roads Are Closed for Marathons, More Elderly People Die of Heart Attacks

Harvard Business

We studied Medicare hospitalization data and ambulance transportation data from 11 U.S. Both findings suggest that the mortality differences we observed were due to differences in care that was provided to patients prior to hospital arrival, which includes delays in ambulance transport. Using a national database of ambulance transports, we studied the average time it took ambulances to transport patients from their home to the hospital in host cities.

Combatting COVID-19 in Emerging Markets

Tom Spencer

A survey carried out by McKinsey & Company in South Africa in April 2020 revealed that 52% of SMEs that had a pessimistic economic outlook were considering closing down parts of their business or reducing their operating capacity. Reading Time: 5 minutes.

Higher Wages Aren’t Enough to Turn Mediocre Jobs into Good Ones

Harvard Business

Higher wages are also necessary for many companies that are stuck in a vicious cycle of bad jobs, bad operations, bad customer service, low productivity, and high costs. As one of us has witnessed first-hand while working at a large retailer, even highly skilled and motivated workers will not be able to be as productive as expected because the company’s operational systems got in their way, wasting rather than maximizing their skills and enthusiasm. Image Source/Getty Images.

Redesigning Care for High-Cost, High-Risk Patients

Harvard Business

Transportation barriers are common among patients with chronic diseases and represent a significant impediment to improving patient outcomes. Among patients receiving dialysis, for example, those who rely on a transportation service are at an increased risk of missing hemodialysis treatments. Better transportation to better outpatient care models may lead to better outcomes. Business models Operations Technology Healthcare Digital Article

How Machine Learning Is Helping Us Predict Heart Disease and Diabetes

Harvard Business

In response, hospitals are increasingly making analytics and new technologies an integral part of hospital operations. Business analytics widely used in the transportation industry by airlines and shipping companies are beginning to be employed to schedule operating rooms and staffing. Analytics Operations management Information & technology Healthcare Digital ArticlePhoto by Matthew Payne.

What Harvey Is Teaching the Health Care Sector About Managing Disasters

Harvard Business

To avoid inundating emergency rooms, medical facilities that have strategic importance in delivering routine care should be provided with the extra resources — whether staffing, clean water, power supply, or transportation — so they can keep their doors open. Crisis management Operations management Government Digital ArticleThe damage inflicted by Hurricane Harvey has posed enormous health challenges in Houston and neighboring areas hit hard by the storm.

Success with the Internet of Things Requires More Than Chasing the Cool Factor

Harvard Business

Companies deploying IoT successfully in industrial sectors such as manufacturing, oil and gas, mining, and transportation are seeking multiple agile partners with open IP architectures to co-create solutions. With data analytics provided by Microsoft Azure and an informational infrastructure developed collaboratively by Industrial Scientific and Cisco, operators now have a dashboard to remotely monitor the people, equipment, and air quality in the mine in real time.

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How One Hospital Improved Patient Safety in 10 Minutes a Day

Harvard Business

Next, the team leader asks if there is anything in particular the team needs to know to work more effectively together that shift: For example, “Is there a delay in public transport so we can expect patients to be late for their appointments?,” Operations Leading teams Collaboration Healthcare Digital ArticleKelly Sillaste/Getty Images. Most modern health care improvements seem to involve expensive technology and an uncomfortable amount of change management.

How Good Companies Become Market Leaders (Without an Infusion of Capital): Interview with Charles Browne

Consulting Matters

I’m not a strict operator. The majority of my successes in my career have been in getting those two groups to kind of talk together and to take the engineering vision, and kind of bound it with the operational limitation, and make sure everybody is on the same page.

Transforming Today’s Bad Jobs into Tomorrow’s Good Jobs

Harvard Business

Companies that offer good jobs today — with decent wages, predictable schedules, and opportunities for success and growth — do so by combining investment in people with operational choices that increase their employees’ productivity and contributions. Managing people Operations management Technology Digital ArticleAll eyes are on the future of work and the impact that automation and machine learning will have on U.S.