On March 8th, U.S. DOT Federal Rail Administration held the first of four workshops to support the Midwest Regional Rail Planning Study. The project explores the potential for a high-performance, multi-state intercity passenger rail network in the Midwest region. The study will build on current rail planning efforts within the twelve states of Illinois, Missouri, […]
Using a demand-based approach, Quetica was awarded a project to perform supply chain and transportation network analysis for the Nebraska Department of Roads. The goal of the project is to effectively identify and prioritize investment opportunities for an optimized freight network that lowers transportation costs for Nebraska businesses and promotes business growth.
Iowa DOT recently released the final report from its study to develop an Iowa Statewide Freight Network Optimization Strategy. Quetica adapted private-sector supply chain optimization modeling to create a tool for the Iowa Department of Transportation and Iowa Economic Development Authority to examine optimization strategies on multimodal freight networks in Iowa. The project relied heavily […]
American Shipper’s June issue cover story, “A State of Logistics”, takes an in-depth look at Quetica’s innovative work with Iowa Department of Transportation to embrace a holistic, data-driven approach to freight planning and development. The goal of this new planning methodology is to not only attract and retain shippers, third-party logistics providers and carriers by […]
A Freight Network Optimization study can help Departments of Transportation (DOT), Economic Development agencies, Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and other state and local government agencies effectively identify and prioritize investment opportunities to: More effectively manage assets; Reduce private sector transportation costs; and Promote business growth within the state or region. Proven in the private sector […]
TRB 2016: Food, Fuel, and Feed: Making the Right Freight Investments to Optimize Agricultural Supply-Chain Competitiveness
Join us at TRB to discuss “Food, Fuel, and Feed: Making the Right Freight Investments to Optimize Agricultural Supply-Chain Competitiveness”. In the work of U.S. DOT in developing a national freight plan, agriculture is among the top three supply chains noted as being nationally critical. There is a need to better understand how public-sector investments […]
Quetica is applying supply chain network optimization principles to the energy sector, working proactively to define viable contingencies to better manage extreme fluctuations and disruptions in utility networks, as well as the supply of energy commodities, like propane. The propane crisis of 2014 presented significant concerns for Midwestern states. The State of Iowa took a […]
Mark Berndt has 34 years of professional experience related to multimodal freight transportation planning and policy. Berndt began his career at the State of Minnesota where during 20 years of public service he worked at several agencies including the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT). During 15 years at MnDOT Berndt held several positions including Freight […]
Watch this Business Record video to see Iowa Department of Transportation Director, Paul Trombino, explain about the Iowa DOT’s work with the Iowa Economic Development Authority to use supply chain network optimization to help make freight shipping easier and cheaper in Iowa. The work also helps set priorities for spending on roads and other improvements.
An optimized supply chain network can greatly improve a company’s competitiveness and profitability. A supply chain consists of suppliers, plants, warehouses, and flows of products from origin to customers. Typically 80% of a product’s landed costs are locked in by the location of a company’s facilities and the determination of product flows between them. Supply […]