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According to a report by A. T. Kearney, in 2016 the US business spent $1,392.64B on logistics costs. 90% of transportation spending is procured in the form of Long Term Contracts. A Long Term Contract drives long procurement cycles that can last over 6 months, which results in significant financial...
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Excess inventory is prevalent in both the armed forces and defense companies; it takes up space and resources that could be used elsewhere. This thesis proposes a method to reduce the excess inventory and associated costs, while maintaining instant part availability, despite design changes which alter the number of parts...
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The electronic newsletter of the MIT Global SCALE Network Issue #66 Subscribe to Frontiers THE LEADING EDGE Narrowing the Self-Drive Trust Divide Professor Yossi Sheffi, Director, MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics, argues that while trust in autonomous vehicles appears to be slowly building, the technology still has some difficult...
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Are we learning to trust self-drive vehicle technology? In January 2018 the AAA released the findings of its latest annual survey of driver attitudes in the US. Sixty-three percent of American drivers report feeling afraid to ride in a fully self-driving vehicle. This is a significant portion of the country’s...
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The fast pace of technological change can make it difficult for companies to decide which new ideas they should implement. A Graduate Certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Management (GCLOG) capstone research project* identified technologies that could benefit three companies in Brazil and evaluated the pros and cons of adopting...
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A hyper-connected network of logistics clusters could play a key role in achieving the European Union’s goal of creating a sustainable, more efficient freight transportation system. An EU-backed research initiative called Clusters 2.0 is laying the groundwork for such a network by developing ways to link freight hubs via the...
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Supply chain and operations executives are increasingly involved in making decisions about the company’s supply chain strategy that have long-term implications. But how do these executives, whose job responsibilities involve mainly short-term decision-making, think about the long-term? Researchers at the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (MIT CTL) asked this...
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New advances in artificial intelligence (AI), the impact of self-drive vehicle technology and its evolution over the coming years, the policy and legal ramifications of autonomous vehicles, and conversational commerce are some of the developments that supply chain professionals will learn about at Crossroads 2018, April 17, 2018, at the...
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Weichun Chen, a Ph.D. student from College of Management and Economics, Tianjin University, China, who won first prize in China’s National Postgraduate Mathematical Contest in Modelling in 2014, is currently visiting the Luxembourg Center for Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LCL). Weichun’s research focuses on green supply chains, remanufacturing, dynamic...
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On Wednesday, January 24, 2018, the MIT SCALE Global Network hosted the 10th Annual SCALE Connect Conference Research Expo. Over 200 supply chain master's students presented digital posters of their research projects to more than 200 visiting supply chain professionals and influencers. On display were presentations from the MIT SCALE...
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The Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation (MISI) completed the first joint program under an MoU signed with SME Corp: an executive education program on supply chain management on January 22, 2018, at MISI’s Shah Alam campus. The MoU was signed in 2017. The new program was led by Dr....
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List of presentations cited in Supply Chain Frontiers #66 Back to Supply Chain Frontiers issue #66 CTL Yossi Sheffi “Logistics Clusters: Formation, Growth and Impact,” Cone Multimodal Conference, Recife, Brazil, March 12. “The Environmental Balance,” Intermodal Expo, Sao Paulo, Brazil, March 13. “Risk and Resilience Management for Competitive Advantage,” BASF,...
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A list of publications produced this quarter by the MIT Global SCALE Network Back to Supply Chain Frontiers issue #66 CTL Yossi Sheffi “Narrowing the Self-Drive Truck Divide,” Linkedin Influencer blog post, February 15 “Balancing Green: When to Embrace Sustainability in a Business (and When Not To),” book published by...
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The electronic newsletter of the MIT Global SCALE Network Issue #65 Subscribe to Frontiers THE LEADING EDGE A Framework for Driving Change in Urban Mobility A new book co-authored by Dr. David Gonsalvez, CEO & Rector, Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation, guides us through the mobility challenges faced by...
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Urban mobility architecture must undergo fundamental change in response to rapidly changing city landscapes. In our book Faster, Smarter, Greener – The Future of the Car and Urban Mobility (MIT Press, September 2017) * we proposed a framework for future passenger mobility which would be Connected, Heterogenous, Intelligent and Personalized...
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Managers can’t improve what they can’t measure. In logistics, the absence of a uniform measurement system coupled with a lack of knowledge about evaluating carbon footprints, makes it difficult to develop effective programs for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. A project funded by the European Commission called The Logistics Emissions Accounting...
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Millions of small, family-operated retailers known as nanostores are the main source of consumer packaged goods (CPG) for many consumers in Africa, Asia and Latin America. These mom-and-pop outlets have thrived by offering affordability as well as the right mix of items and convenience, and by gaining the trust of...
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Given the size of the country’s air transportation market, China could have three mega carriers that have the potential to become world-leading players within five to 10 years. But first, the country must address a number of competitive issues. The future of China’s air transportation industry was the central theme...
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Brazil’s largest online retail platform, B2W Companhia Digital, is implementing a reengineered network design, based on a model developed in collaboration with the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (MIT CTL). For the first time, the company is using a network optimization model to assess its operational footprint and provide...
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Over the past two decades, the MIT AgeLab’s Dr. Joseph F. Coughlin has been busting myths about aging with groundbreaking, multidisciplinary research. In his new book, The Longevity Economy: Inside the World’s Fastest-Growing, Most Misunderstood Market (Hatchett Books, 2017), he presents a new portrait of the upcoming cohort of older...
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The MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (MIT CTL) is providing MIT CTL’s ground-breaking MITx MicroMasters Credential in Supply Chain Management courses to employees in GE’s Operations Management Leadership Program. The first course in the five-course, on-line program, CTL.SC0x Supply Chain Analytics, kicked-off with a special session to familiarize learners...
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The Luxembourg Center for Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LCL) has launched its executive education program with a two-day workshop on Supply Chain Financial Analysis. The workshop, which took place on November 9 and 10 2017 at the University of Luxembourg, bridged the gap between finance and supply chain by...
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A six-month research project on price volatility in air transportation was concluded recently at the Luxembourg Center for Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LCL). The research was carried out by visiting PhD candidate Chiara Morlotti for her PhD thesis, and was supervised by LCL’s Professor Benny Martin. The research looked...
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Ningbo Supply Chain and Innovation Institute China (NSCIIC) hosted a launch event for the book The Future of The Car and Urban Mobility by Dr. Venkat Sumantran, Professor Charles Fine and Dr. David Gonsalvez, on October 25, 2017 in Ningbo, China (see the feature article A Framework for Driving Change...
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List of presentations cited in Supply Chain Frontiers #65 Back to Supply Chain Frontiers issue #65 CTL Eva Ponce “Exploring the E-Credentialing Space,” Credentialing Lunch & Learn @ HBP (Harvard Business Publishing), MITx MicroMasters Credential in SCM. Yossi Sheffi “Economic Growth and Logistics Development,” Government of Pernambuco, Brazil, November 28....