Dr. Eva Ponce is the Director of the MIT Omnichannel Distribution Strategies Lab at the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics, as Research Scientist. Her current research focus is the design of omnichannel distribution strategies that integrates online and offline channels. Her main focus is to help retailers, and manufacturers to understand how e-commerce growth and mobile devices are affecting and transforming their supply chains. She also leads research initiatives on Circular Supply Chains, Reverse Logistics, and Closed-Loop Supply Chains.
Dr. Ponce is the Executive Director of the MITx MicroMasters Program in Supply Chain Management. She leads the MicroMasters in SCM team and oversees the five massive online MITx courses in Supply Chain Management (CTL.SCx courses) plus the Comprehensive Final Exam (CTL.CFx) that make up the MicroMasters Program. The courses are attended by tens of thousands of students in open-enrollment from more than 190 countries.
Currently, Dr. Ponce is leading an innovative research line in Omnichannel Education at MIT, which is transforming supply chain management education around the world. Dr. Ponce and her team received in 2018 the Irwin Sizer Award for the Most Significant Improvement to MIT Education. Dr. Ponce has over twenty years of experience in teaching and research in supply chain management and quantitative models for industrial engineering. She teaches courses in eCommerce and Omnnichannel Fulfillment, Sustainable Supply Chains, Digital Supply Chains, and Supply Chain Management at the Master's, Ph.D., and Executive Education levels. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Management Program at Harvard Extension School. In 2008, she received her tenure as an Associate Professor in Supply Chain Management and Logistics at the School of Industrial Engineering of the Technical University of Madrid (UPM).
Dr. Ponce received her Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Carlos III University of Madrid in 2002. Her dissertation received two awards with special distinction. In 2000, she was granted a pre-doctoral research stay in the Hass School of Business, University of California, and in 2011, she was a visiting professor at MIT CTL. She joined MIT CTL in 2016. She has an active publication record, including journal papers, conference proceedings, and refereed abstracts.
Links for current publications
Six defining challenges in omnichannel fulfillment. Ponce, E. SC Quarterly. July, 2023
What’s shaping omnichannel fulfillment strategies. Ponce, E. DC Velocity. March, 2023
Measuring reusable packaging performance in omni-channel networks. Ponce, E. Supply Chain Management Review – May/June 2022. Innovation Strategies.
Key metrics to measure the impact of becoming a circular supply chain retailer. Betts, K., Gutierrez-Franco, E., Ponce-Cueto, E. Frontiers. Vol. 2 – 2022.
The changing landscape of omnichannel fulfillment. Ponce, E. DC Velocity. December, 2021
Fresh approaches to omni-channel in the grocery business. Ponce, E., Caballero, S. (2020). Supply Chain Management Review. July/August 2020.
Omnichannel logistics network design with integrated customer preference for deliveries and returns. Guerrero-Lorente, J. Gabor, A.F., Ponce-Cueto, E.Computers & Industrial Engineering, Vol. 144, June 2020.
Covid-Driven Shift to Online Education Fuels Supply Chain MicroMasters Growth. Ponce, E., Caplice, C. SupplyChain 24/7. November, 2020.
Omnichannel Education: The Learning Revolution. Ponce, E. SupplyChain 24/7. January, 2020.
Predict and Intervene: Addressing the Dropout Problem in a MOOC-based Program. Borrella, I., Caballero-Caballero, S., Ponce-Cueto, E. (2019). Learning @Scale 2019, Chicago, June.
Developing a national programme for textiles and clothing recovery. Bukhari, MA, Carrasco-Gallego, R., Ponce-Cueto, E. (2018). Waste Management Research, 36 (4), pp. 321-331.
The new challenges of end-of-life tyres management systems: A Spanish case study. Uruburu, A., Ponce-Cueto, E., Cobo-Benita, J.R. and Ordieres-Meré, J. (2014) J. Waste Management, Vol. 33, Nº. 3, 679-688.
Reverse logistics for used portable batteries in Spain. An analytical proposal for collecting batteries. Ponce-Cueto, E., González-Manteca, J.A. and Carrasco-Gallego, R. (2011) Information Technologies in Environmental Engineering. New trends and challenges. Editors: Golinska, P.; Fertsch, M. and Marx-Gomez, J. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, pp. 593-604.
Closed-loop supply chains of reusable articles: a typology grounded on case studies. Carrasco-Gallego, R., Ponce-Cueto, E., Dekker, R. (2012). International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 50, Nº. 19, 5582-5596.
Reverse logistics practices for recovering mobile phones in Spain. Ponce-Cueto, E., González Manteca, J.A. y Carrasco-Gallego, R. Supply Chain Forum: An International Journal, Vol. 12, Nº. 2, pp. 104-114. 2011. ISSN: 1625-8312.
Automatic generation of transshipment and loading plans through a linear programming model in railway terminal. González-Manteca, J.A. and Ponce-Cueto, E., (2011). Information Technologies in Environmental Engineering. New trends and challenges. Editors: Golinska, P.; Fertsch, M. and Marx-Gomez, J. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, pp. 525-536.
Reverse logistics in the automotive industry. Organizational Models for Waste Generated in Repair Shops. Carrasco-Gallego, R., Delgado-Hipolito, J. and Ponce-Cueto, E. (2011) Information Technologies in Environmental Engineering. New trends and challenges. Editors: Golinska, P.; Fertsch, M. and Marx-Gomez, J. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, pp. 569-578.
A conceptual model for integrating strategic supply management into the supply chain. Ponce-Cueto, E., García-Sánchez, A. y Ortega-Mier, M. International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management (IJMTM), Vol. 19, Nº 1/2, pp. 102-123, 2010.
Automatic generation for transhipment plans through a linear programming model in a train-train terminal: Application to the Spanish French border. González, J.A., Ponce, E., Mataix, C y Carrasco, J. Transportation, Planning and Technology Review. Vol. 31, Nº.5, pp. 545-566, 2008.
Redesigning a piece picking area replenishment process supported by a WMS. Carrasco-Gallego, R., Ponce-Cueto, E. (2009) In: 39th International Conference on Computers & Industrial Engineering, Troyes (France), 6-8 July.
Distribution Models for Logistics in HORECA channel. Carrasco-Gallego, R., Ponce-Cueto, E. (2009) In: 39th International Conference on Computers & Industrial Engineering, Troyes (France), 6-8 July.