Dr. John Bartholdi, Manhattan Associates/Dabbiere Chair and Co-Executive Director of the Georgia Tech Panama Logistics Innovation & Research Center, recently held his "Great Package Race". The initiative is an informal contest to determine which leading carrier can first deliver a package to a hard-to-reach destination.
For 2017, the destination was Namibia, where similiar shipments of books were destined for school children. The occasion was provided by Glynda Ratliff, through her experience with Ultimate Safaris and its support of The Conservation Travel Foundation. To start the race, Bartholdi and his students went online to fill out shipping forms, then took the packages to a nearby branch of Intown Business Center which accepts shipments for UPS, FedEx, and DHL.
The student project is sponsored by The Supply Chain & Logistics Institute, Georgia Institute of Technology