Essay on The History of Transportation
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Transportation has evolved significantly over the course of history, from the primitive body part known as the “foot”, to the molecular transporters we hope to have in the distant future. The idea of moving ourselves from one place to another has always been a prominent concept in our dinky little brains. Whilst that generalization seems simple, the amount of effort, determination, and engineering prowess that is implemented to achieve such a feat is in fact, the exact opposite of simple. The mechanical wonders (that can be classified as whimsical, in my eyes) that exist for the purpose of transporting anything and everything all derive from the same basic concept, “How can we move from here to there?” Without further ado, let’s travel…show more content…
Now, Egypt is an impressive society as is, having invented papyrus, pictographs, and a social hierarchy, but the sailboat is going to be our main victim of scrutiny today. Back in the days of yore, the Egyptian sailboats were built from woven papyrus reeds, with linen acting as a sail. Why the Egyptians were the first to create the invention is obvious for two reasons, one because they had an innovative society, two because the Nile River was an obstacle they were obligated to traverse. The calm current of the Nile welcomed attempts at creating a working vessel, so the chances of success were quite high as they continued attempting to travel along the waters. In 3,500 BC, the predecessor for all modern civilizations was flourishing, Mesopotamia. Revolutionary contributions to society were being made, along with inventions that blew people’s minds. Cuneiform, irrigation, the first system of laws, all diminutive when put in comparison to one of the most important inventions of all time, the wheel. While the person who invented the wheel, and where it was invented in particular is shrouded in ambiguity, we’re certain as to how the wheel came to be. First, humans discovered that placing rollers under heavy objects allowed them to be pushed with ease. Second, humans began using sledges to decrease drag between heavy loads (sledges being a combination between a sled and a wedge). Third, humans combined the sledge and the roller. Fourth, humans began
Essay about Transportation and How it Affects Logistics
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Transportation is one of the largest industries in the world. It is the most costly and time consuming of the supply chain. Transportation refers to the movement of products and raw materials from one destination to another. This process begins from the supply chain to the shipping of the finished product to the consumer. For we know that products are rarely produced in the same location. We as people depend on transportation because it moves goods and people from one place to another.
Transportation is a key element in the logistic chain. It joins together those components that are considered to be separated. In order for transportation and logistics to work together successfully there must be good management between them. It plays a…show more content…
To achieve the lowest total cost means that financial and human assets committed to logistics must be held to an absolute minimum (Pieplow, Daniel, & Calhoun [Pg. 29]).
SCM can be divided into three main groups (Eyefreight, 2014): purchase, manufacture, and transport (Tseng, 2005). The focus is on transportation. There are different modes of transportation. These modes of transportation fall under three basic types and they are: land (road, rail and pipelines), water (shipping) and air. Transportation plays a connective role among the several steps that result in the conversion of resources into useful goods for the ultimate consumer. It is the planning of all these functions and sub-functions into a system of goods movement in order to minimize cost and maximize service to the customers that constitutes the concept of business logistics. The system, once it’s put in place, must be effectively managed (Tseng, 2005). What are the advantages and disadvantages of these modes of transportation in logistics?
Initially, there is the mode of land transportation. Roads, rails and pipelines fall under this category. These land logistics are very important because they extend the delivery services for air and water transport from airports and seaports. The main transport mode of land logistics are railway, road freight and pipeline transport. The advantage of railway transport is that it has carrying capacity and lower influences by weather conditions and