Event Title

How many chickens?

Description

Examining the supply chain for one of the world's largest retailers offers a unique geographical perspective into global distribution. With sales of $63.1 Billon, Costco Wholesale is ranked 32nd in the Fortune 500. Costco has 51 million members and operates 529 stores in 7 countries. Having the ability to forward and back trace any product from the member to the supplier offers insight into Costco's distribution system. The application being developed merges various disciplines of GIS by blending network analysis, geo-processing, spatial analysis, and geo-referencing creating a tool that is open, online, and easy to use. Analyzing distribution patterns for any item provides Costco Wholesale with the ability to increase Costco's commitment to the environment by minimizing carbon footprints and reducing costs for members. Tracking product(s) by category or by geographical area, within Costco's network, provides excellent tools for food safety managers, Research Analysts, and logistical engineers.

Start Date

8-3-2008 8:00 AM

End Date

8-3-2008 5:00 PM

Subject - LCSH

Business logistics--Environmental aspects; Food--Safety mearures; Costco Wholesale Corporation--Environmental aspects; Geographic information systems;

Subjects - Names (LCNAF)

Costco Wholesale Corporation

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Abstracts

Session

GIS and Spatial Data

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English

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How many chickens?

Examining the supply chain for one of the world's largest retailers offers a unique geographical perspective into global distribution. With sales of $63.1 Billon, Costco Wholesale is ranked 32nd in the Fortune 500. Costco has 51 million members and operates 529 stores in 7 countries. Having the ability to forward and back trace any product from the member to the supplier offers insight into Costco's distribution system. The application being developed merges various disciplines of GIS by blending network analysis, geo-processing, spatial analysis, and geo-referencing creating a tool that is open, online, and easy to use. Analyzing distribution patterns for any item provides Costco Wholesale with the ability to increase Costco's commitment to the environment by minimizing carbon footprints and reducing costs for members. Tracking product(s) by category or by geographical area, within Costco's network, provides excellent tools for food safety managers, Research Analysts, and logistical engineers.