Login



For PLUS+ subscription assistance, contact customer service.

Not a PLUS+ Subscriber?

Become a PLUS+ Subscriber today and you'll get access to all Supply Chain Management Review premium content including:

  • Full Web Access
  • 7 Magazine Issues per Year
  • Companion Digital Editions
  • Digital Edition Archives
  • Bonus Email Newsletters

Subscribe Today!

Premium access to exclusive online content, companion digital editions, magazine issues and email newsletters.

Subscribe Now.


Become a PLUS+ subscriber and you'll get access to all Supply Chain Management Review premium content including:

  • Full Web Access. All feature articles, bonus reports and industry research through scmr.com.

  • 7 Magazine Issues per year of Supply Chain Management Review magazine.

  • Companion Digital Editions. Searchable replicas of each magazine issue. Read them in any web browser. Delivered by email faster than printed issues.

  • Digital Editions Archives. Every article, every chart and every table as it appeared in the magazine for all archive issues back to 2009.

  • Bonus email newsletters. Add convenient weekly and monthly email newsletters to your subscription to keep your finger on the pulse of the industry.

PLUS+ subscriptions start as low as $109/year*. Begin yours now.
That's less than $0.36 per day for access to information that you can use year-round to better manage your entire global supply chain.

For assistance with your PLUS+ subscription, contact customer service.

* Prices higher for subscriptions outside the USA.

PLUS+ Customer Service Support


Customer service for all PLUS+ subscribers is available Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm Eastern time.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 1-800-598-6067 (1-508-663-1500 x294 outside USA)
Mail: PO Box 1496, Framingham MA 01701-1496, USA



You have been logged out of PLUS+


For PLUS+ subscription assistance, contact customer service.

Need to access our premium PLUS+ Content?
Upgrade your subscription now.


Our records show that you are currently receiving a free subscription to Supply Chain Management Review magazine, or your subscription has expired. To access our premium content, you need to upgrade your subscription to our PLUS+ status.

To upgrade your subscription account, please contact customer service at:

Email: [email protected] Phone: 1-800-598-6067 (1-508-663-1500 x294 outside USA)

Become a PLUS+ subscriber and you'll get access to all Supply Chain Management Review premium content including:

  • Full Web Access. All feature articles, bonus reports and industry research through scmr.com.

  • 7 Magazine Issues per year of Supply Chain Management Review magazine.

  • Companion Digital Editions. Searchable replicas of each magazine issue. Read them in any web browser. Delivered by email faster than printed issues.

  • Digital Editions Archives. Every article, every chart and every table as it appeared in the magazine for all archive issues back to 2010.

  • Bonus email newsletters. Add convenient weekly and monthly email newsletters to your subscription to keep your finger on the pulse of the industry.

PLUS+ subscriptions start as low as $129/year*. Start yours now.
That's less than $0.36 per day for access to information that you can use year-round to better manage your entire global supply chain.

This content is available for PLUS+ subscribers.


Already a PLUS+ subscriber?


To begin or upgrade your subscription, Become a PLUS+ subscriber now.

For assistance with your PLUS+ subscription, contact customer service.

Sorry, but your login to PLUS+ has failed.


Please recheck your login information and resubmit below.



For PLUS+ subscription assistance, contact customer service.

If it’s January, it must be Cambridge

The future of supply chain was on display at MIT’s annual student night

By ·
{scmr_abstract}
By ·

Every January, MIT brings together in Cambridge its graduate students in supply chain management from what are now six campuses world-wide. Near the end of the month, the students present their thesis projects one evening at a Research Expo and networking event.

If you’ve never attended, and don’t mind Boston in January, it’s a great event. You have the opportunity to rub elbows with colleagues, recruit talent for your organization and see what the future of supply chain management may look like, both from the students ready to make their way in our world and by the kinds of questions they have been asked to research and answer by sponsoring companies. Including some 200 students, Bruce Arntzen, executive director of the program, was expecting more than 600 attendees. And hey, this year at least, registration was free.

The one word descriptor I walked away with last night was diversity. That may not be a term we usually apply to supply chain management, but here’s what I had in mind.

For starts, there was the diversity of the companies sponsoring the students’ research thesis’s. They included retailers like CVS Health; CPG and personal health manufacturers like Procter & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson; industrial manufacturers like General Electric and BASF; logistics and transportation providers such as CH Robinson and Coyote Logistics; industrial distributors such as MSC Industrial Supply; CHEP, the provider of pooled pallets and returnable plastic containers; and new economy entrants such as Uber Freight. While they have very different needs, they are all supply chain companies.

For another, there was the diversity of projects, which reflected both the cutting edge and the evergreen problems that challenge every supply chain organization. At one end of the spectrum, I met with Toufic Hirbli, whose project was an assessment of whether your business really needs a blockchain (his conclusion, by the way, was that we’re at very early stages, with challenges to overcome) and with Kirsten Burt and Nooree Ahuja, who were asked to do an assessment of the applicability of five emerging technologies for Kuehne + Nagel, the global 4PL. At the other end of the spectrum, was a project sponsored by a Greek grocer to assess the effectiveness of store-level automatic replenishment systems by Panagiotis Oikonomou and Pankaj Arya. 

Last, but perhaps most important, was the diversity of geography and cultures represented. Juan Carolos Coloma Lopez and I talked about a project on last mile delivery he worked on with two other South American students, representing Peru, Brazil and Argentina. Now, on the one hand, you would expect that in an event that brought together students from six global campuses to be international. But, some of the pairings were surprising. Burt and Ahuja were from North Carolina and India, by way of the UK, were studying in Luxembourg and doing work for a company headquartered in Germany. When I asked students if they were looking for jobs in the U.S., the most common response was something like, “Hey, I’ll work anywhere.”

Now, admittedly, I have a bias. For years, I wrote for DiversityInc magazine and Aviation Week – and commercial aviation is about as global an industry as I can think of. But as I was driving home, I couldn’t help thinking that the future of our industry is going to come from capturing the ideas and energy from the global students I met last night on the MIT campus, and at every supply chain campus I visit in the course of the year.


About the Author

Bob Trebilcock
Bob Trebilcock, editorial director, has covered materials handling, technology, logistics and supply chain topics for nearly 30 years. In addition to Supply Chain Management Review, he is also Executive Editor of Modern Materials Handling. A graduate of Bowling Green State University, Trebilcock lives in Keene, NH. He can be reached at 603-357-0484.

Subscribe to Supply Chain Management Review Magazine!

Subscribe today. Don't Miss Out!
Get in-depth coverage from industry experts with proven techniques for cutting supply chain costs and case studies in supply chain best practices.
Start Your Subscription Today!

Latest Whitepaper
Supply Chain Planning with Prescriptive Analytics
Technology Enables a More Effective Process
Download Today!
From the September-October 2018
This month’s issue will help you in your job of staying ahead of the pack, following the leaders and, with luck, blazing the next trail.
The 2018 Supply Chain Top 25: Follow the leaders
NextGen technologies: Building the supply chains of the future
View More From this Issue
Subscribe to Our Email Newsletter
Sign up today to receive our FREE, weekly email newsletter!


Latest Webcast
See Your Supply Chain Like Never Before
How do the world's top supply chains see further and act faster? Many of them are gaining an understanding of how their supply chain flows are tied to outcomes to stay ahead of problems, and gain whole new efficiencies. Attend this webinar to learn more.
Register Today!
EDITORS' PICKS
Supply Chain Managers Hoping to See Rebound in Global Ocean Cargo Container Sector
The continued rise in fuel prices and chartering rates had a negative impact on the earnings of the...
APICS Awards of Excellence Salutes Prominent Supply Chain Leaders
APICS CEO Abe Eshkenazi noted that there was a “record-breaking” number of nominations in four...

How Inbound Logistics Networks Can Be a New Source of Savings
A capstone research project sponsored by a major CPG company looks at how different supply network...
Damco’s Supply Chain Services Under Maersk Banner Will Be Tracked Closely by Managers
Industry analysts have greeted the news with mixed forecasts....