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.

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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...

Executive Education – Supply Chains: Driving Strategic Advantage

Jan 11, 2021 at 8:00AM - Jan 16, 2021 at 1:00PM


Supply chain talent pools are not keeping in step as technology advances and transforms industries. Many companies and organizations neglect their future talent pipeline or fail to develop their workforce. Is yours?

December 2020

Flexibility for the Future: How Disruption Fosters Innovation

Dec 09, 2020 at 11:00AM - Dec 09, 2020 at 11:45AM


In this LinkedIn Live event, Lynn Torrel, Chief Supply Chain and Procurement Officer at Flex and Dave Wheeler, COO at New Balance, will join MIT CTL Director Yossi Sheffi for a conversation about the lessons learned during the pandemic, leadership lessons, and their views about what will supply chains look like in the future.

November 2020

Analytics of the Future Virtual Roundtable: Predictive Analytics

Nov 18, 2020 at 10:00AM - Nov 18, 2020 at 12:00PM

This session will focus on Predictive Analytics. 

This virtual roundtable will be the second of a series of three events focused on the future of analytics specifically how it applies in the supply chain domain. In the roundtable, the focus will be on Predictive Analytics.

The roundtable will be a 2-hour session for sharing progress applying Predictive Analytics in the supply chain domain.

The last session in the series will focus on Prescriptive Analytics. This series represents a continuation of facilitated exchanges and roundtables exploring different aspects of Machine Learning...

Innovations in Transportation Roundtable: Transportation Portfolio Management

Nov 10, 2020 at 1:00PM - Nov 10, 2020 at 3:00PM

This roundtable, hosted by the MIT FreightLab, will explore, discuss and debate evolving frameworks and approaches for Shipper-Carrier-3PL relationships. The traditional one-sized fits all procurement model is not sufficient for today’s fast changing freight transportation landscape. Research and experience has shown that there is no single best way for a shipper and carrier to work together for every traffic lane in a shipper’s network. Different lanes have different characteristics and attributes that demand different levels of commitment and service. Similarly, shippers and carriers can...