March 14, 2016

That trend was equally clear at the recent Supply Chain Student Research Expo put on by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Global SCALE Network. This annual program brings together more than 100 graduate students from around the world to present the real-world supply chain projects they are working on. It was not unusual to see, for example, a student from Greece and another from India collaborating on an inventory management analysis, or students from Malaysia and China working together on a food and beverage metrics project. Some of the presentations were specific to a particular country or region. But most of them represented business issues that affect supply chains everywhere: optimizing inventory distribution, improving last-mile delivery, reducing stockouts, and designing manufacturing and distribution networks, to name just a few.

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