May 2022

SCM Research Fest 2022

May 13, 2022 at 8:00AM - May 20, 2022 at 5:30PM

Registration for the in-person event on MIT's campus is now closed. 

From May 13-20, visit the Research Fest project site to view and comment on students’ research posters, Executive Summaries, and brief video overviews of their projects. The site will only be live for one week – don't miss it!

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. Research Fest showcases students’ future-forward research on a range of supply chain and operations areas including Sustainability, Digital SC Transformation, Omnichannel, Humanitarian Logistics, Network Design, Urban Logistics, and more. CTL Supply Chain Exchange partners, project sponsors, and affiliate audiences are invited to attend student presentations in person on May 13, 2022, at MIT. Registration is required to attend in person. Please note that live student presentations will not be broadcast to remote audiences.

Leveraging Freight Market Uncertainty to Improve Transportation Procurement

May 06, 2022 at 11:00AM - May 06, 2022 at 12:30PM

This event is open to Supply Chain Exchange members and current SCM students and invited guests. Register with your work email domain to verify.

Freight transportation has made headlines in recent years as a major supply chain bottleneck and source of unanticipated costs. In this talk, I’ll discuss how such constrained capacity in over-the-road transportation is a cyclical occurrence, its impacts on both shippers and carriers, and what we can learn from it.

April 2022

The Paradox of Digital - people, processes, and technology in SCM

Apr 19, 2022 at 11:00AM - Apr 19, 2022 at 12:00PM


Join us to learn about the paradox of digital with Adam James, Vice President, North America Surface Transportation at C.H. Robinson. Mr. James brings more than 20 years of experience and aims to help us unpack some of the complexities he encounters working with people, data, and technology in the logistics industry.

Hosted by MITx MicroMasters Program in SCM course leads Laura Allegue and Kellen Betts, the discussion focuses on the difficulties bridging the functional and tactical to the strategic.

This webinar is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Register here.

Circular Supply Chains – Challenges and Opportunities

Apr 01, 2022 at 11:00AM - Apr 01, 2022 at 12:30PM

This event is open to Supply Chain Exchange members and current SCM students and invited guests. Register with your work email domain to verify.

Circular supply chains are designed to eliminate waste and recover value in products and materials. In this talk, Dr. Eva Ponce will present insights from companies that are integrating circular thinking into the management of their supply chain and the role the supply chain plays in a circular economy.

March 2022

MIT FreightLab Quarterly Update and Discussion: What works and what doesn’t at truckload pickup and delivery appointments?

Mar 25, 2022 at 12:30PM - Mar 25, 2022 at 2:00PM Ongoing MIT FreightLab research into the underutilization of American truck drivers has lead us to focus on inefficiencies in the scheduling and processing of trucks for their freight pickup and delivery appointments. This roundtable discussion will invite a variety of perspectives on what goes wrong – and sometimes right – at these appointments. The MIT FreightLab team will facilitate the discussion, and also share pre-event survey results and other relevant results from ongoing research efforts.

Evolve or Perish: A Journey in Supply Chain Agility and Applied Analytics

Mar 11, 2022 at 11:00AM - Mar 11, 2022 at 12:00PM

This event is open to Supply Chain Exchange members and current SCM students and invited guests. Register with your work email domain to verify.

In this talk, Dr. Chris Mejía and Dr. Edgar Gutiérrez-Franco discuss insights that are important to build resilient and efficient supply chains under uncertain environments. Speakers will elaborate on how understanding business characteristics, and using quantitative approaches may help map leverage points, understand challenges and gain flexibility in supply chains. Attendees will learn innovative strategies to support their decision-making processes to create proactive, adaptable business models through the use of data analytics while reducing costs and expanding their market share without compromising their long-term financial sustainability.

The Covid Pandemic and Global Supply Chains: Lessons from the MIT SCALE Network

Mar 09, 2022 at 8:00AM - Mar 09, 2022 at 9:30AM

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, in all its variants, has rattled global supply chains for two years now with shockwave disruptions up, down, and sideways along the chains in a phenomenon known as the Bullwhip Effect. The mounting challenges range from shortages of essential parts and components, to sky-rocketing freight rates and wholesale and consumer price levels, to lengthy delays at ports and inventory out-of-stocks.

Is it time to upend the textbook prescriptions? In this MIT SCALE-wide panel, the directors of the five network centers worldwide will discuss their views and experiences on...

Creating customer value using SCM retail technologies and systems

Mar 03, 2022 at 11:00AM - Mar 03, 2022 at 12:00PM

Webinar - registration required

Learn how retail companies and supply chain professionals can leverage supply chain systems and technology to meet changing customer demand. Amit Kulkarni, Divisional Vice President of Supply Chain, Merchandising & Co-op Brands Technology at REI joins us for an interactive discussion. Mr. Kulkarni has over 20 years of experience in information technology and will share recent insights from REI.

Join Laura Allegue, course lead for Supply Chain Design, and Kellen Betts, course lead for Supply Chain Technology and Systems, for an in-depth conversation about how REI uses its supply chain...

February 2022

SCE Research Briefing - Josué Velázquez Martínez- First Fridays

Feb 04, 2022 at 11:00AM - Feb 04, 2022 at 12:00PM

Improving supply chain performance via focusing on logistics sustainability

With the consistent growth of e-commerce and fast-shipping delivery options of the past years, companies struggle with the challenge to balance delivering fast to customers while reducing carbon emissions. In this webinar, Josué Velázquez will present some of the sponsored research projects from the MIT Sustainable Supply Chain Lab focused on green logistics. Some of the implementations include the use of data analytics and geo-spatial analysis in applications on vehicle routing, fleet composition, and...

The Changing Landscape of Omnichannel Fulfillment

Feb 02, 2022 at 10:00AM - Feb 02, 2022 at 11:00AM


Dr. Eva Ponce, director of the Omnichannel Distribution Strategy Lab at MIT CTL discusses the recent growth in e-commerce and the drivers behind the implementation of omnichannel distribution strategies.

Interviewed by MITx MicroMasters Program in SCM course lead, Laura Allegue, Dr. Ponce will share her insights on the challenges companies face with omnichannel distribution and discuss new trends and technologies that may help improve results.

This is an interactive session with time allowed for Q&A.