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Monday, February 6, 2023

Juan Sotolongo -- Co-Editor-in-Chief

Juan is CEO of Europe Lockers and Sr Partner in 722 Consulting. He is a logistics sector expert with a very strong focus on the express parcel sector and ecommerce. With the convergence of ecommerce and logistics, Juan is recognized as a leading voice in this evolving business disruption, where he got first-hand experience by working in China with SF Express and JD.com. The vertical integration of the ecommerce business model, from online selling to the last mile has proven to be the most efficient business structure, and the technology and operations to support this approach is what Juan is focused on. Juan was at UPS for 20 years, where his last position was Director of Operations and Engineering for UPS Europe. He was also heavily involved in the strategy and execution of the worldwide expansion of UPS in both Latin America and Europe. During his years with UPS, Juan worked and lived in the United States, Germany, Belgium and the United Kingdom. The focus of his responsibility was to restructure and integrate the 16 companies that UPS acquired, including operational, systems and service offering integration. Juan was instrumental in the creation and launch of UPS operations in Latin America, including the opening of wholly owned operations in Mexico. Juan has bachelors and masters degrees in Industrial Engineering from the University of Miami. He lives in London, where his hobbies are Cuban cooking and the Chelsea Football Team.

Stanley Lim -- Co-Editor-in-Chief

Stanley Lim is an assistant professor of supply chain management at the University of San Diego School of Business. He examines operational issues at the interface between retail supply chain management and end consumers. At present, he focuses on understanding the economics of distribution services in digital and nondigital retail. Professor Lim has developed a research stream that is grounded in practice with a strong managerial emphasis. He integrates work in operations management, marketing, and economics to understand how and under what conditions can retailers best distribute their products and services to the end consumers. Based on this research agenda, Stanley has developed analytical models to predict failed delivery attempts for routing models, estimate the opportunity cost of product stockouts to inform assortment planning, and evaluate the degree of spatial competition to guide the design of store market areas. He has also examined the effects of contract terms on retailer and supplier’s bargaining power and their economic outcomes, subscription models on consumer behaviors, and consumers’ sensitivities to lead times and their product return behaviors across digital and nondigital channels. Stanley holds a Ph.D. in Supply Chain Management from the University of Cambridge and three master’s degrees: an M.C.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an M.Sc. in Industrial & Systems Engineering from the National University of Singapore, and an M.B.A. (Distinction) from the Warwick Business School.

Rafał Świerczyński -- Europe News Editor

Rafał is a seasoned Logistics Manager. Under his belt, he has 9 years of working experience in the courier industry and 5 years in the waste management industry. In his work, he focuses on operational management and team management. Rafał is passionate about last mile logistics. He writes frequently on this topic and is an expert of the European courier and logistics market, particularly Poland. He holds the accreditation of Logistics Engineer from the University of Logistics in Poznań (Poland). He lives in one of the Polish villages, where his daughters fortunately leave him with no space for a hobby.

Mohammad Moshref-Javadi -- Contributor

Mohammad is Visiting Assistant Professor of Supply Chain and Information Management at the D'Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University. His research focuses on the design and analysis of innovative logistics models, aiming at understanding the most beneficial models considering vehicle constraints, types of business, characteristics of road network infrastructure, multi-channel and omni-channel availability, and regulatory limitations faced by delivery companies. Main applications can be found in customer-centric commercial delivery systems, healthcare delivery systems, and disaster relief logistics. Mohammad also research on operations managements problems on inventory management, facility layout, warehouse design, scheduling, and production planning with applications to manufacturing, service, and healthcare systems. The methods include theoretical analysis, mathematical modeling, heuristics/metaheuristics algorithm development, and simulation. He has more than ten years of analytics/consulting experience relevant to data-driven decision making problems in service, manufacturing, and logistics systems in the U.S. Mohammad received his PhD degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University with a research focus on customer-centric logistics systems. He also worked at MIT as a Postdoctoral Associate with research on last-mile delivery logistics.

Vishwesh Rege -- Contributor

Vishwesh is a software engineer by profession and loves reading and writing (and rambling), on topics related to last-mile logistics, technology and finance. Outside of work, he loves hiking and is always down for a game of basketball. He completed his masters in Computer Engineering from the University of California, San Diego.

Nina Reamer -- Contributor

Nina Reamer is a full-time undergraduate student at the University of San Diego. She recently develops a keen interest in last mile logistics. Nina is in the Honors Program pursuing a degree in International Business with minors in French and Political Science. She is heavily involved on-campus: from the Alcalá Club to a professional business fraternity (Delta Sigma Pi) to student leadership. She plans to attend either graduate or law school upon graduating from USD.

Carl Dumesle -- Developer & Contributor

Carl is a Full-Time MBA student at the University of San Diego. His mains focus is on entrepreneurship and starting new ventures.

George Brooke

General Manager

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Estate Manager

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Sarah Clinton

Winery Manager

She oversees the cellar and the tasting tours. Everyone that crosses our doors can enjoy a wonderful experience guided by Sarah