SMITH BRAIN TRUST – Between the COVID-19 pandemic and harsh hurricane season, 2020 has proved to be a challenging year for the United States Postal Service. If you're looking for a quick bounce back, don’t get your hopes up.
Philip T. Evers
Dr. Philip T. Evers is an Associate Professor of Logistics Management at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, College Park. Joining the faculty at Maryland's main campus in the fall of 1993, he received his B.S. in transportation and logistics from Tri-State University in 1987, his M.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 1988, and his Ph.D. in logistics management from the University of Minnesota in 1993.
SMITH BRAIN TRUST – The coronavirus pandemic may have thrown many of your summer plans into disarray, but there's one much-loved activity you can still pursue: Losing yourself in a stack of engrossing books.
Maryland Smith's faculty are there for you, with suggestions to get you through the summer break.
SMITH BRAIN TRUST – Thanksgiving is rather late this year. Does that mean your holiday gifts will be too?
The usual Christmas shopping period, which traditionally kicks off on Black Friday, can be as long as 31 days, depending on when Thanksgiving falls. But this year, that period is at its shortest – just 26 days.
For Blue Apron, Amazon's blockbuster deal to acquire Whole Foods couldn't have come at a worse time, says Smith School marketing professor Jie Zhang. The New York-based meal-kit delivery service was just beginning the marketing for its initial public offering, in which it hopes to raise more than $500 million, when Amazon.com Inc. announced the $13.7 billion deal that could upend the food-retail industry. Suddenly, all the talk among analysts and prospective investors has turned to Amazon, the 431 Whole Foods locations, the grocery chain's distribution network, and how CEO Jeff Bezos might reshape how Americans shop for food. Read more...
Amazon may be synonymous with online shopping and fast shipping, but Walmart isn't ceding the e-commerce field to its hipper rival. Walmart announced last week that it was ramping up its efforts to counter Amazon's very successful Amazon Prime program — for $99 a year, Amazon offers free two-day shipping and a host of other benefits, including free online movies. Walmart is spending some $2 billion to improve its own ShippingPass free-shipping program. Read more...
Amazon has announced it is leasing 20 Boeing 767 planes in order to move its own goods, a move that could significantly impact FedEx and UPS, which it now leans on to deliver many of its packages. Some analysts are even wondering if Jeff Bezos's company might be positioning itself to become a competitor to FedEx and UPS. The Smith School's Philip T. Evers dissects the pros and cons of the move. Read more ...
Twenty-four supply chain students from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business traveled to the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) EXPO on Sept. 20-22, 2015, in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The students are in the school’s Supply Chain Management Fellows program, which is fully funded by IANA, and the trip was part of the “Seminar in Supply Chain Management: An Executive Perspective” (BMGT 471) course.
Research Interests: Logistics systems, inventory management, intermodal transportation.