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The electronic newsletter of the MIT Global SCALE Network Issue #64 Subscribe to Frontiers THE LEADING EDGE A New Class of Education Makes the Grade The MicroMasters supply chain management program created by the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics has drawn more than 190,000 learners from across the globe....
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The electronic newsletter of the MIT Global SCALE Network Issue #62 THE LEADING EDGE Subscribe to Frontiers 13 universities adopt MicroMasters and launch 18 new programs via edX The ground-breaking MicroMasters program launched by the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics a year ago is entering a new phase. The...
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On-time delivery is a key metric in the trucking segment of the transportation industry. If on-time delivery can be predicted, more effective resource allocation can be achieved. This research focuses on building a predictive analytics model, specifically logistic regression, given a historical dataset. The model, developed using six explanatory variables...
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Transportation cost is one of the major costs in supply chain. Companies need to optimize every aspect of the transportation process to reduce the total logistics cost. A key aspect is optimal mode selection to minimize the cost of every lane in a company’s transportation network. The traditional approach is...
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Traditionally, production and transportation planning processes are managed separately in organizations. In such arrangements, order processing, load planning, and transportation scheduling are often done sequentially, which can be time consuming. Establishing a proactive steady flow of products between two nodes of a supply chain can bypass this order-plan-ship process. A...
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As part of standard business cycles, new technologies continue to emerge that disrupt industries and capture market share from stagnant incumbents. In the trucking industry, Uber for Freight (UFF) is one of these innovative business models. Loosely defined as platforms which seek to more efficiently match shippers’ loads with truck...
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This research analyzed freight performance to determine the groupings of attributes that influence carrier performance. Binary logistic regression and hierarchical clustering were used to identify individual and groupings of freight attributes that impacted performance success in terms of on time delivery, on time pick up, and first tender acceptance rate....

Self-Driving Cars Could Be Boon for Aged, After Initial Hurdles

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Single, childless and 68, Steven Gold has begun to think about future mobility and independence. Although in good health, he can foresee a time when he won’t be a confident driver, if he can drive at all. While he hopes to continue to live in his suburban Detroit home, he wonders how he will be able to get to places like his doctor’s office and the supermarket if his driving becomes impaired. For Mr. Gold and other older adults, self-driving cars might be a solution. The number of United States residents age 70 and older is projected to increase to 53.7 million in 2030, from 30.9 million in 20
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Multi-stop truckload has been gaining importance in recent years as part of a shift away from Less-than-truckload freight. In our research, we sought to understand how the price and carrier behavior vary as the number of stops increases. Rational economic theory says that these shipments will be more expensive, and...
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Retailers must coordinate inbound shipments from a large number of vendors. In order to manage capacity, retailers need to have a system to prioritize inbound loads with capacitated carriers. This practice creates a constraint when the number of loads exceeds the capacity of committed carriers due to seasonality and consumer...