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Preface: The flow pattern throughout an urban network can be looked upon as the result of two competing mechanisms. On the one hand, users of the system (drivers, passengers, pedestrians) try to travel in a way that minimizes the disutility associated with transportation. For example, motorists driving between a given...
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What happens when fire strikes the manufacturing plant of the sole supplier for the brake pressure valve used in every Toyota? When a hurricane shuts down production at a Unilever plant? When Dell and Apple chip manufacturers in Taiwan take weeks to recover from an earthquake? When the U.S. Pacific...
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The electronic newsletter of the MIT Global SCALE Network Issue #63 THE LEADING EDGE Subscribe to Frontiers Automating Supply Chain Resilience Should Be High on Your Digital Agenda Companies have succeeded in making their supply chains more resilient, but the rise of digital supply chains brings new challenges that require...

MIT CTL’s Jim Rice Wins Resiliency Educator of the Year Award

March 02, 2017
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Award Recognizes His Achievements in Supply Chain Risk Management CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March 2, 2017 – Jim Rice, Deputy Director of the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (MIT CTL), has received the Supply Chain Resiliency Educator of the Year award from the Global Supply Chain Resiliency Council . The award was presented at the Council’s annual conference on March 1, 2017, in Silicon Valley, CA. The Global Supply Chain Resiliency Council promotes the advancement of supply chain risk management and resiliency by bringing together practitioners and thought leaders to share best practices an

Fulfilling Election Promises Needs to be More Than Ticking Boxes

February 02, 2017
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Politicians are often taken to task for making election promises they fail to keep once elected. Candidates should be held accountable for the policies they advocate when campaigning for votes. However, delivering on the bluster that politicians often espouse during the heat of an electoral battle can do more harm than good. President Trump’s stance on trade between the U.S. and Mexico is a striking example. During the presidential election, he vowed to stop jobs being exported to Mexico and to correct what he regards as an unacceptable trade imbalance between the two countries. Once in office

Does Your Supply Chain Risk Management Strategy Hold Water?

December 27, 2016
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Companies have come a long way in their ability to manage supply chain risk, but they urgently need to step up their efforts in one key area: the threats posed by water scarcity. The Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) 2016 Annual Report of Corporate Water Disclosure, published in November 2016, provides a wake-up call. A total of 607 of the world’s largest global companies submitted data about their efforts to manage and govern freshwater resources — the largest response in the report’s seven-year history. Disclosing companies reported $14 billion in water-related impacts this year, a fivefold

A Fresh Take on Supply Chain Innovation

September 22, 2016
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Companies are presented with many opportunities when they decide to enter a new market. Venturing into unfamiliar territory offers a unique chance to innovate and make changes that benefit the business as a whole. One of PepsiCo’s growth strategies is to proactively adapt to emerging market trends for natural, healthy, and nutritious beverages. The strategy makes the company’s supply chain more global and complex. It also presents new challenges and risks. In order to manage these risks and maintain the service levels that its retail customers expect, PepsiCo needed to develop new risk managem
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As supply chains become more global and complex, it increases the importance of end-to-end visibility into the material, information, and financial flows of a firm. This work covers various aspects of supply chain visibility such as current status, its benefits, and the benefit-enabling mechanisms, traced through multiple stages of research,...
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The United States has one of the safest drug supply chains in the world. However, its security is threatened by new challenges such as counterfeit, diverted, and illegally imported drugs. To counter the new challenges, the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) was signed into law by President Obama on...
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Unilever, a large multi-national Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) company, uses water as an essential ingredient in its products and as a critical component in its manufacturing processes. In many instances, the price of water does not reflect market dynamics insofar as water is cheaper where there is low availability and...