March 2021

Planning an omnichannel learning journey for individuals and teams

Mar 31, 2021 at 12:00PM - Mar 31, 2021 at 1:00PM

Join Drs. Eva Ponce and Chris Caplice in a candid discussion of how online and blended learning is being applied to different teaching and learning scenarios.

Find out how individuals and organizations are meeting their training and education needs through a mixture of online, in-person, and blended learning options. Learn which of these omnichannel education pathways might best meet your own needs. Plan when and how to join us for your MITx MicroMasters in SCM journey.

Hear from fellow learners through interactive polling and audience Q&A about how others are developing their own skills and...

2020–2021 MIT SCALE Latin America Conference

Mar 21, 2021 at 7:00AM - Mar 26, 2021 at 1:00PM

We’re excited to announce that the MIT SCALE Latin America Conference will be held virtually in 2021. Now, you can join from anywhere in the world to review over 100 presentations from top academics from across Latin America and the Caribbean and participate in three keynote virtual plenary sessions. 

The MIT Latin American SCALE Network is an alliance of leading-edge research, education, and outreach organizations dedicated to the development and dissemination of innovative supply chain and logistics research in Latin America. The network helps companies, governments, and organizations to...

SCALE Speaker Series: Meri Stevens (J&J) in Conversation with Yossi Sheffi

Mar 17, 2021 at 8:00AM - Mar 17, 2021 at 9:00AM

Meri Stevens is the Worldwide Vice President Supply Chain – Consumer Health and Deliver at Johnson & Johnson. She will speak with Professor Yossi Sheffi about resilience, supply chain functions, and business management as related to the covid response and vaccine rollout. Learn about what it means to lead during uncertain times. This event is hosted by the MIT Global SCALE Network and is open to the public. Registration is required.

Yossi Sheffi, Elisha Gray II Professor of Engineering Systems at MIT, is Director of the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics and the MIT Supply Chain and...

Supply Chain Champions for Change: An International Women’s Day Leadership Panel

Mar 08, 2021 at 2:00PM - Mar 08, 2021 at 3:00PM

Streaming live on LinkedIn

The theme of 2021’s International Women’s Day is Choose to Challenge. Together, we can choose to challenge gender bias and inequality and celebrate women's achievements. #ChooseToChallenge #IWD2021

This year, the MIT Women in Supply Chain Initiative (WISCI) is hosting a special International Women’s Day leadership panel to celebrate the women working in the supply chain field and how they have worked to achieve gender balance across their organizations.

Join WISCI’s leader Katie Date, Julie Van de Kamp, Vice President for Customer Experience at U.S. Xpress, and Tricia Brannigan, Vice...

February 2021

Securing Transportation Capacity in Challenging Markets

Feb 25, 2021 at 1:30PM - Feb 25, 2021 at 3:30PM


In 2021, many shippers are already struggling to secure both surface and maritime freight transportation capacity. What can be done? How can shippers compete for scarce transportation capacity in these challenging markets? This quarterly MIT FreightLab roundtable will bring together shippers, carriers, and MIT researchers, to consider what we can all do to keep our supply chains running smoothly, and profitably, when carrier capacity is tight.

Amazon Last Mile Routing Research Challenge

Feb 22, 2021 at 3:48PM - Jun 18, 2021 at 11:59PM

Despite tremendous advances in route optimization over the last decades, there remains an important gap between theoretical route planning and real-life route execution. In real-life operations, the quality of a route is not exclusively defined by its theoretical length, duration, or cost. Experienced delivery drivers have tacit knowledge about the complex operational environment in which they serve customers on a daily basis. To allow for safer, more efficient, and sustainable last-mile delivery, it is critical to leveraging this tacit information for improved route planning.

The Amazon...

January 2021

Optimizing Supply Chains to Meet Stakeholder Needs

Jan 25, 2021 at 10:00AM - Jan 25, 2021 at 10:45AM

We often try to perfect our models to represent the ground reality, however, while building the models or implementing the outcome, we tend to alter certain factors based on a decision-maker's insights. Dr. Caplice also talks about this in one of the SCx courses - “Models don’t make decisions, people do.”

Join SCx course leads Sindhu Srinath and Laura Allegue, as they interview Libin Huang, Director of Strategic Operations at Abbott, on how she optimized supply chains using optimization techniques, supply chain network design, and supply chain visibility technologies to meet stakeholder needs...

Supply Chain Exchange Partner 2021 Kickoff Meeting

Jan 21, 2021 at 11:00AM - Jan 21, 2021 at 1:30PM


We warmly invite all our Supply Chain Exchange partners to a special meeting to kickoff our program of events for 2021. We will use this session to look back at the year and all we have done but also to look forward into 2021. We will kick off the session by sharing both a look back at 2020 and a vision for what we are planning for 2021.

13th Annual MIT Global SCALE Network Supply Chain Student Research Expo

Jan 19, 2021 at 9:00AM - Jan 22, 2021 at 10:00AM


Research Expo goes online worldwide for 2021, Jan 19-22. The MIT Global Supply Chain and Logistics Excellence (SCALE) Network Research Expo provides a unique opportunity to preview nearly 100 supply chain research projects conducted by MIT SCALE graduate students in partnership with project-sponsor companies and researchers.

The Expo showcases this future-forward research on topics ranging from blockchain to IoT and drone delivery to big data e-commerce analysis, among many others. The event offers a glimpse of what the students' research will reveal in May-June when final projects are...

Roundtable on Supplier Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Jan 12, 2021 at 12:00PM - Jan 12, 2021 at 4:00PM

In this roundtable, we will explore supplier diversity programs as both a supply chain social responsibility and an opportunity for competitive advantage. While supplier diversity is not a new concept, this year has seen a significant increase in focus for companies new to supplier diversity as well as for those far along in their supplier diversity journey, on how they can continue to increase the impact of their program.

To explore key topics across supplier diversity, equity, and inclusion - we will bring together companies at different points in their supplier diversity journey to share...