October 2021

SCE Research Briefing - Jarrod Goentzel - First Fridays

Oct 01, 2021 at 11:00AM - Oct 01, 2021 at 11:59AM

Virtually from the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics

Bottleneck analysis aiming to increase asset productivity has commonly been applied inside the four walls of production and distribution facilities. The pandemic disrupted global supply chains with dramatic shifts in demand and constraints in supply with cascading effects. Shippers then dynamically shifted traditional origin-destination patterns causing stress on the networks of logistics service providers.

As a result, bottlenecks in the global movement of goods continue to emerge in new locations and for longer durations. The Humanitarian Supply Chain Lab studies dramatic disruption of...

September 2021

From Cost Center to Competitive Advantage - The Upcoming Decade of Supply Chain Management

Sep 22, 2021 at 11:00AM - Sep 22, 2021 at 11:45AM

Commerce is the connective tissue vital to the health of a vibrant society and effective supply chain management is essential to facilitating this exchange. SCM enables us to cope with emerging technology advances, social needs, and unplanned disruptions. Enterprises and governments recognize that this effectiveness requires expertise in financial, physical, and data flows along with proficiencies in managing human relationships. Organizations are investing in people who possess this expertise and they’re finding talent in those trained in supply chain management.

Today we speak with business...

State of Supply Chain Sustainability 2021 - Kellen Betts & David Correll

Sep 10, 2021 at 11:00AM - Sep 11, 2021 at 12:00PM

The second annual MIT–CSCMP State of Supply Chain Sustainability report offers a comprehensive examination of supply chain sustainability across industries, geographies, functions, and roles, giving professionals. and executives a holistic view of sustainability in the supply chain domain. Our goal in undertaking this research is to explore how supply chain sustainability is being implemented in global supply chains, to identify broad trends across industries and regions, and illustrate what that means for companies and professionals. In this presentation, Kellen Betts and David Correll will...

August 2021

Predicting Driver Quit - Dr. David Correll, MIT FreightLab

Aug 06, 2021 at 11:00AM - Aug 06, 2021 at 12:00PM

A shortage of truck drivers to carry American freight is a perennial and endemic problem in American logistics. First-pass solutions, including simply raising pay, and/or increasing time at home, seem so far to be insufficient to the scale of the problem.

In this research talk, Dr. Correll will synthesize what his Driver Initiative team has learned about: (1) what stops us from getting more out of the existing cadre of American long-haul truck drivers; and (2) how we can train machine learning algorithms to read ELD and telematics data in order to predict costly truck driver resignations...

July 2021

Supply Chain Exchange Partner Midyear Update

Jul 29, 2021 at 11:00AM - Jul 29, 2021 at 1:00PM

Virtual. Registration required

We invite all of our Supply Chain Exchange partners to a special midyear meeting. We will discuss happenings and updates at CTL since our kickoff meeting in January, and we'd like to solicit your feedback and input on how the Exchange can best serve you going forward.

*Please note, this event is open exclusively to Supply Chain Exchange members. If you'd like to find out more about joining the Supply Chain Exchange, please contact Katie Date.

Registration is required and closes Friday, July 23.


Kevin O’Marah, Chief Storyteller, Amazon Last Mile DSP

Jul 09, 2021 at 11:00AM - Jul 09, 2021 at 12:00PM

This month’s First Fridays briefing we take a bit of a whimsical diversion. On July 9, we will share some research insights not from our MIT team but from a very valued colleague and friend, Kevin O’Marah, Chief Storyteller, Amazon Last Mile DSP.

In this session, Kevin will share some of his insights from his recent work at Amazon. The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a light on supply chain’s heroic role keeping people fed and safe in a time of crisis. Given this historic moment, how can supply chain professionals strike the right chord to communicate what we do and inspire action? This session...

June 2021

Executive Education – Supply Chains: Driving Strategic Advantage

Jun 07, 2021 at 8:30AM - Jun 11, 2021 at 2:30PM

Virtually delivered from MIT

Cultivate your talents with MIT CTL Executive Education. To harness the power of the supply chain as a strategic resource, executive leadership needs to cultivate teams that exhibit a unique combination of both analytical and interpersonal capabilities. Our faculty and instructors include some of the world’s most prominent thought leaders across these disciplines. 

Risk Assessment with Prof. Walid Klibi, Kai Trepte, and Jim Rice

Jun 04, 2021 at 11:00PM - Jun 04, 2021 at 12:00PM

Prof. Walid Klibi, Kai Trepte, and Jim Rice will share some recent work with industry-developing methods to assess risk and invest in resilience. There is a large gap between risk management and actual investment in resilience, and Walid, Kai, and Jim will share how they are closing that gap to help industry make data-based investments in resilience. This event is open to MIT CTL Supply Chain Exchange members and their guests. Learn more about becoming a Member here or contact Katie Date datecl@mit.edu.

If you attended this event from an Exchange member company and are looking for materials...

May 2021

SCM Research Fest 2021

May 21, 2021 at 8:00AM - May 21, 2021 at 4:30PM


SCM Research Fest provides a unique overview of supply chain research projects conducted by MIT SCM graduate students working in partnership with project-sponsor companies. The 2021 Research Fest program will feature new asynchronous online content available to a worldwide audience, as well as the student presentations (synchronous, online) open to CTL Supply Chain Exchange partners, project sponsors, and affiliate audiences.

Research Fest showcases students' future-forward research on a range of supply chain and operations areas including digital transformation, optimization, analytics...

Disrupting the Dominant Design of Transportation Procurement with Dr. Chris Caplice

May 07, 2021 at 11:00AM - May 07, 2021 at 12:00PM

For over 30 years, truckload transportation procurement has followed the dominant design of an Annual RFP to collect fixed contract rates that are fed into static Routing Guides. Recent experience and analysis show that this two-stage procurement process (Award and Tender) commonly fails and shippers have to spend additional effort to secure truckload capacity. This session discusses how shippers, carriers, and brokers can improve the transportation procurement and management process.

This event is open to MIT CTL Supply Chain Exchange members and their guests. Learn more about becoming a...