September 16, 2013 • Articles

Researchers say the platform will help manufacturers more quickly rebound from natural disasters and political unrest.

By Joel Schectman

September 09, 2013 • Articles

New open-source online maps generated by MIT students provide details of urban supply chains.

As ever-larger “megacities” become home to more and more of the world’s people, the supply chains that bring essential supplies to these crowded populations will become increasingly complex.

September 09, 2013 • Articles

By Edgar Blanco

Translating floods of data on increasingly complex supply chain operations into actionable decisions is one of the most difficult challenges facing practitioners today. And one of the most promising solutions is new ways to visualize and analyze the data. Companies are developing sophisticated data displays that augment supply chain talent by making it easier for managers to analyze, interpret, and act on operational data.

August 27, 2013 • Articles

By Jim B. Rice, Jr.

In his Aug. 5 Journal of Commerce article, “Decline of the Single-User Terminal,” Bill Mongelluzzo describes how vessel operators are eliminating their proprietary terminal operations in favor of using public terminals.

They may or may not know it, but by embracing the public option these operators are increasing port resilience.

Here are the main reasons why.

Read the full article here.

August 20, 2013 • Articles

By Lisa M. Krieger

OAKLAND -- Today, a massive container ship holding millions of dollars' worth of cargo is headed from Asia to California.

But it isn't taking the shortest and most logical trip to the Bay Area. Instead, it will veer south to a berth in Long Beach or Los Angeles.

August 19, 2013 • Articles

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August 19, 2013 • Articles

By Vince Bond Jr.

Self-driving vehicles have the potential to make immobility among elderly people and those with disabilities a thing of the past, experts say.

Declining vision and other physical impairments will no longer inhibit people from going out to eat or visiting their favorite stores, the experts say.

August 14, 2013 • Articles

Two reviews of Chris Caplice's article in the Summer 2013 issue of Supply Chain Frontiers.

Supply Chain Standard

Is logistics in its ‘Model T’ phase?

The Model T Ford was the most popular car of its era - but have you ever tried to drive one? It comes as a shock when you stamp on the brake and find that it is actually reverse.

August 01, 2013 • Articles

by Craig Simon, President and CEO at FedEx SupplyChain

For most of history, the supply chain that links the world together today would have been unimaginable. The road to market is now a superhighway. It is a 24/7 operation. Global trade does not sleep. In fact, it never even pauses for a nap. Wheels on the ground, wings in the sky, keels in the water connect a largely borderless world economy.

July 29, 2013 • Articles

The first thing you notice about Jeff Bezos is how he strides into a room.

A surprisingly diminutive figure, clad in blue jeans and a blue pinstripe button-down, Bezos flings open the door with an audible whoosh and instantly commands the space with his explosive voice, boisterous manner, and a look of total confidence. "How are you?" he booms, in a way that makes it sound like both a question and a high-decibel announcement.

July 29, 2013 • Articles

The Oakland City Council recently approved several critical pieces of legislation that will help propel the Oakland Army Base development forward as the project’s September 2013 construction start date draws near.

On July 16, the council voted 7-0 to approve a new zoning district, building design guidelines and a supplemental development agreement, which provides clarity on development fees. Councilmember Desley Brooks was the lone abstention.

July 10, 2013 • Articles

by Adrian Gonzalez

A couple of weeks ago, I attended the Crossroads 2013: Supply Chain as Future Enabler conference at MIT, which featured a great lineup of speakers from Flextronics, Pfizer, 7-Eleven, Intel, Johnson & Johnson, UPS, and MIT. I don’t have the time or space to summarize every presentation, but overall the conference was very informative and thought-provoking.

July 08, 2013 • Articles

By Shardul Phadnis and Chris Caplice

What should the manager of a team of globally dispersed individuals do to improve the team’s performance? This is a vital question for many supply chain managers today as Global Virtual Teams (GVTs) become more the rule than the exception.

July 01, 2013 • Articles

Some measure success by salaries and titles. Others use a different yardstick altogether. Take the 11 professionals selected as our 2013 Rainmakers, for example. When asked about their proudest professional accomplishments, one spoke of the rewards of nurturing talent within his organization and the satisfaction of watching protégées go on to achieve greater glory. Another cited the opportunity to develop a product that helps users meet sustainability goals.

June 21, 2013 • Articles

25 employees of the national railway company received certificates of completion of the course instructors from Zaragoza Logistics Center (ZLC), Spain at the Center for technologies on transport (CTT). Presentation of certificates held with the participation of the Vice-President of JSC "NC "Kazakhstan Temir Zholy"Askhat Akchurin.

Classes on "Multimodal transportation" took place from 17 to 21 June 2013 for the implementation of activities under the Program of employee training of KTZ to foreign educational institutions.

June 17, 2013 • Articles

This Week's Supply Chain News, The Supply Chain Television Channel

June 12, 2013 • Press Releases

Contact in USA:
Sarah J. Smith
Communications Specialist
MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics
617.253.4592 / sajsmith@mit.edu

Students increased median annual salary 2.5 times with job offers from leading organizations

May 28, 2013 • Articles

You could call it a classic case of serendipity. Agricultural cooperative Ocean Spray had just hit a major milestone in its supply chain sustainability program when it received an unexpected proposal that promised to take its carbon reduction efforts to the next level.

May 14, 2013 • Articles

By Jason Mathers and Edgar Blanco

As a supply chain professional, there is a good chance that at some stage in your career you will be involved in an environmental sustainability project. What skills do you need to be successful in this increasingly important aspect of supply chain management?

In our experience, communications should be top of your list.

Read the full article here.

April 25, 2013 • Articles

Can reducing environmental impact generate significant financial rewards? For Caterpillar, the proof is in the profits

April 15, 2013 • Articles

Today is the deadline for companies that make products for Wal-Mart to tell the retail giant exactly which factories they work with. The requirement comes after a fire at a clothing factory in Bangladesh last year killed more than a hundred people.

April 12, 2013 • Articles

Thomas J. Donahue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, called for a new push for immigration reform as part of a larger business-oriented economic agenda in remarks at MIT yesterday.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce favors changes in immigration policy in order to, among other things, help highly trained workers with technical skills join the U.S. workforce more easily. However, as Donahue noted, immigration policy is the subject of charged debate, which means reform may not come easily.

April 02, 2013 • Articles

Exercise can enhance certain aspects of flexibility and range of motion for mature drivers according to The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence and MIT AgeLab's Exercise for Mature Drivers research.

March 27, 2013 • Articles

Major freight railroads are in the midst of a building boom unlike anything since the industry’s Gilded Age heyday in the 19th century — this year pouring $14 billion into rail yard, refueling stations and additional track, the WSJ reports on A1. The current race isn’t about expanding geographically— it’s about making existing rail lines more efficient and able to haul more types of freight. U.S. freight demand is projected to grow by half, to $27.5 billion by 2040, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

March 15, 2013 • Articles

Hiring the right people for key supply chain positions is a critical success factor for companies. Wrong hires can be costly both financially and emotionally for all the parties involved. Yet in my experience most organizations have not adopted a systematic approach to talent management (TM). This article sheds light on why many organizations find it difficult to retain talent, and proposes a framework for more effective TM.

Read the full article here.