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English for Business Studies: Getting Started

EBS 389

EBS Project Teams

EBS Business + Impact Challenge 2021
Students will be asked to brainstorm how Professor Astashkina's research can be applied to real-world applications that make a positive impact. 

Here is the abstract for the research you will learn about in the B + I Kick Off session 

Abstract. This study assesses the environmental impact of the advent of online grocery retailing. We model the grocery supply chain before and after the emergence of online grocery retail. The models include suppliers, offline and online retailers, the delivery infrastructure, and households. All firms and households optimally manage their inventory; online retailers also optimally manage deliveries. We compare food waste and transportation emissions before and after the advent of online grocery retail. We isolate three key factors that drive the difference: (i) which households switch to online shopping, (ii) their shopping patterns, and (iii) how the first two factors change where inventories are held. In general, moderate online grocery prices and delivery fees lead to (desirable) adoption primarily by households located “far” from offline stores, neither too frequent shopping nor too large basket sizes by these online households, and enough beneficial inventory centralization—and a consequent reduction in emissions. Numerical calibration using industry and demographic data reveals that in most US cities the advent of online grocery should be beneficial, leading to an eventual 8-41% reduction in emissions; more congested, wealthier, lower offline-storedensity cities have the most substantial gains. Finally, making online deliveries from existing offline stores further enhances environmental benefits. 


You can email Librarian Sally Ziph ( with questions and/or to set up an appointment for your team.  

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