MIT Center For Transportation And Logistics

A Shot in the Arm

Thursday, December 2, 2021 · Yossi Sheffi
How science, engineering and supply chains converged to vaccinate the world.

Challenge-based research can open new avenues of innovation

Thursday, November 11, 2021 · Matthias Winkenbach
One of the most important advantages of public challenge-based research is that it generates a large number of rough and unpolished starting points for potentially fruitful future research avenues within a relatively short time period.

Driving Slow Doesn’t Always Mean Driving Safe

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 · Arturo Torres and Fernando González
No one driving a truck in a last-mile logistics operation would start off their day with the aim of driving in an unsafe or inefficient way. Nevertheless, at the end of the day, the difference between the most efficient and the least efficient drivers, in terms of miles per…

Don’t overlook the importance of KPIs in AI/ML projects

Thursday, September 2, 2021 · Maria Jesus Saenz, Ph.D., director of the MIT Digital Supply Chain Transformation Lab
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) can reshape the way KPIs are chosen and applied and facilitate the development of new ones.

Supply Chain Resilience Core Capacities Part 2: Lessons from Comparing Disruptions

Wednesday, August 18, 2021 · Jim Rice
Our aim is to improve companies’ understanding of supply chain risk and resilience, and help them contextualize the pandemic’s unique risk profile.

Strategic planning under uncertainty: Long-term muddling-through

Thursday, July 8, 2021 · Larry Lapide
Companies have used strategic, tactical, and operations planning under uncertainty for these often-catastrophic events—focusing especially on clawing back lost revenue opportunities as quickly as possible.

SC2020 Project Update: Uncertainties

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 · Larry Lapide
Companies will need to do their strategic planning with an eye towards uncertainty, as well as risk.

Can consumers commit to sustainable products?

Monday, May 10, 2021 · Yinjin Lee
Applying analytic tools to real-world datasets, in addition to other types of information such as consumer interviews and experiments, can help us explore consumers’ intention-action gap and develop creative selling strategies to better serve consumer preferences.

Enduring Lessons from the COVID 19 Pandemic

Monday, March 1, 2021 · Yossi Sheffi
The MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics asked two leaders, Lynn Torrel, the chief procurement officer and supply chain officer at Flex, and Dave Wheeler, the chief operating officer at New Balance, to relate their pandemic experiences.

Achieving better outcomes for predictive analytics

Monday, January 4, 2021 · Matthias Winkenbach
A deeper understanding of the technology will help practitioners and business leaders make clearer connections between needs and model outputs—and hence frame better questions.

E-Commerce-Based Closed-Loop Supply Chain for Plastic Recycling

Thursday, December 17, 2020 · Saikat Banerjee
China banned plastic waste imports in 2018, creating a shock to recycling supply chains and an expensive aftermath. As a result, cities are struggling to meet their recycling demand, and more and more plastic is ending up in landfills. Some are even being incinerated without…

Efficient Immunization Supply Chains to Save Lives

Thursday, November 19, 2020 · Henrique Ribeiro Carretti and Yuto Hashimoto
Even though remarkable progress has been achieved in the reduction in neonatal mortality, 6.3 million children lost their lives due to various diseases in 2017, most from preventable causes.

Supply Chain Executive Education in the Post-COVID World

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 · Bridget McCrea
As the business world continues to reinvent itself, here’s a look at how supply chain executive education could evolve over the next year.

Re-shoring, or going “local-to-local”

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 · Francesco Stefanelli
When it comes to manufacturing, the question is whether firms are re-shoring manufacturing, or regionalizing supply chains to better serve the customer

Recession Readiness 2020: Did we learn anything?

Monday, May 11, 2020 · Nima Kazemi and Bruce C. Arntzen
If history is our guide, economies take a turn every nine years. Yet time and again, a strong business cycle and fading memories convince us the good times will go on forever. Ten years after the great recession, we surveyed 100 manufacturing firms to find out if businesses…
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