December 15, 2013 • Articles

By Dr. Joseph F. Coughlin, Director of the MIT AgeLab

November 15, 2013 • Articles

Aid doesn't start flowing until after a disaster takes place, but NGOs and relief organizations need cash before it all hits the fan. How do you solve that pickle of a problem?

A week after typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines, food, water, and medicine started pouring into the island nation, but they arrived with no designated way to reach the storm's neediest victims.

November 14, 2013 • Articles

By Andrea Carter

Andrea Carter has more than 20 years experience as a human resources professional, including responsibility for developing supply chain talent. This column is based on a talk she gave at the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics. She is currently Vice President of Human Resources at a global apparel company.

People often frame professional development as a climb up the career ladder. However, in my experience, this analogy does not accurately reflect reality, particularly in a dynamic profession such as supply chain management.

October 24, 2013 • Articles

SCMx, described as a "virtual classroom," is under development at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Center for Transportation and Logistics.

Wherever logistics and supply chain professionals gather, the subject of the supply chain talent shortage is sure to come up. Companies worldwide are having trouble attracting, hiring, developing, and retaining experienced managers, and even less luck finding promising young talent who will become the profession's next generation of leaders.

October 03, 2013 • Press Releases

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September 26, 2013 • Articles

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) today announced approximately $63 million in grants to 33 University Transportation Centers (UTCs) to advance research and education programs that address critical transportation challenges facing our nation.

As a Region 1 UTC, MIT CTL's Safety New England University Transportation Center, led by Dr. Joseph Coughlin, was awarded over $2.5 million.

Read the full press release at the DOT website.

September 17, 2013 • Articles

Picture this chain of events: people living in small homes aren't able to store as much food as people in larger homes, so they might tend to purchase groceries more often. That sort of shopping behavior then leads them to prefer buying their food from close-by neighborhood stores, which might also be smaller and unable to stock as much product as huge supermarkets. And that, in turn, means delivery trucks will need to come more often.

September 17, 2013 • Articles

MITx, the massive open online course (MOOC) effort at MIT, has announced new certificates for completion of sequences of related modules or courses on the edX platform. The sequences, called “XSeries,” represent a new approach to MOOC instruction and certification across integrated offerings more expansive than the individual courses that have thus far defined the MOOC landscape.

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

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June 12, 2013 • Press Releases

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