Larry Lapide, Research Affiliate

Research Affiliate, MIT-CTL
Phone 617-244-1642
Email [email protected]


Dr. Lapide is a lecturer at the University of Massachusetts’ Boston Campus and is an MIT Research Affiliate. He received the inaugural Lifetime Achievement in Business Forecasting & Planning Award from the Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning. Dr. Lapide can be reached at: [email protected].

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Special planning teams for unusual times

Sunday, May 19, 2024 · Larry Lapide
The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the need for special short-term planning teams to supplement an S&OP team. An S&OP team is always vital to managing the rudder for navigational purposes. However, Quick Response and supply-in-mind planning specialists need to help out…

Supply constraints? Demand-shaping revisited

Monday, March 4, 2024 · Larry Lapide
Supply chain managers working with sales and marketing can ensure products in demand match with available supply to maximize profits.

Oil update: The same, for now

Thursday, January 4, 2024 · Larry Lapide
It will always be prudent to reduce the use of carbon-based energy sources by making your supply chains as energy-efficient as possible.

Global economies also include longevity

Wednesday, November 1, 2023 · Larry Lapide
As the industrialized world gets older, there is a lot of potential in developing products for older populations. This will have profound implications for both future global demand and supply (especially with regard to looming labor shortages).

Cloud computing needs installed based planning

Monday, July 3, 2023 · Larry Lapide
If you are doing planning for the supply needs of an installed base, the Pot of Water model may help develop more accurate plans.

100% uptime for renewable energy sources

Monday, May 1, 2023 · Larry Lapide
The recent column discussed how global policymakers have been relatively ineffective in using diplomacy to come up with a coordinated plan toward a world free of fossil fuels.

Quick response really is similar to strategic planning

Tuesday, January 3, 2023 · Larry Lapide
Strategic planning and quick response (QR) processes are strategically focused. Therefore, both processes have to be directed by someone from the executive suite because the risks are too high vis-a-vis those taken during the SOE and S&OP processes.

Respect “good” inventories

Wednesday, November 2, 2022 · Larry Lapide
Executives should be educated to have a healthy respect for inventory so that managers won’t have to go overboard and throw bad inventory after good.

Annual e-tailing update: Growth, with a muddled future

Thursday, September 1, 2022 · Larry Lapide
Looking over the news from the last two years, it’s clear that the e-tailing market grew faster during the pandemic. In general, retailers have had to alter their supply and demand operations under the adverse conditions it caused.

Revisiting Quick Response

Wednesday, July 6, 2022 · Larry Lapide
Prior to the pandemic, global supply chains had evolved toward being optimized, largely cost-effective and efficient vis a vis responsiveness.

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