January 2022

Supply Chain Exchange Research Briefing - First Fridays

Jan 07, 2022 at 11:00AM - Jan 07, 2022 at 12:00PM

Virtually offered from MIT CTL. All events are listed in Eastern U.S. and Canadian time (EST).

First Fridays are free to attend for MIT CTL Supply Chain Exchange Members. Register with your work domain email address for verification.


Typical supply chain network-design models focus on minimizing costs without considering the cost and implications of changes in consumer behavior. Small retailers account for 50% of the world market share and are the main source of packaged goods in urban areas around the world. Our work aims to understand and design optimal supply chains in this complex market to create high-performance operations based on consumer choice.

December 2021

MITx MicroMasters Program in Supply Chain Management Completion Celebration

Dec 16, 2021 at 10:00AM - Dec 16, 2021 at 11:00AM


Join us in celebrating the recent credential earners in the MITx MicroMasters in Supply Chain Management. A group of 462 dedicated online learners concluded nine to 24 months of learning to pass their comprehensive final exams in November, earning their MITx MicroMasters® Program Credentials in Supply Chain Management. These new credential-holders bring the total number of holders to 3,435 from 115 countries. The majority of credential-holders hail from the United States, India, Brazil, Australia, China, Egypt, Canada, Canada, and Mexico. While credential holders’ median age is 31, holders...

November 2021

MicroMasters Live: Vaccines and Global Supply Chain Challenges

Nov 23, 2021 at 10:00AM - Nov 23, 2021 at 11:00AM

This free webinar is hosted by the MITx MicroMasters in SCM.

MIT CTL's Dr. Inma Borrella and Ms. Laura Allegue host Mr. David Sokoloff to discuss Vaccines and Global Supply Chain Challenges. Mr. Sokoloff is the Director of Global Logistics and Materials Management at Novavax, a biotech company that develops vaccines to counter serious infectious diseases. 

David has 20+ years of experience across the private sector, government, and nonprofit organizations. The discussion covers the complexities of a global supply chain and the challenges and opportunities realized in a fast-paced environment as needed in vaccine development, manufacturing, and...

Supply Chain Exchange Annual Partner Meeting

Nov 10, 2021 at 8:00AM - Nov 10, 2021 at 11:30AM

This event will be offered both in-person and online

The MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (MIT CTL) convenes members from the MIT CTL Supply Chain Exchange for the Annual Partner Meeting. The Annual Partner Meeting provides the representatives from our 50+ Supply Chain Exchange member companies with updates on the latest research and development activities at MIT CTL. We use this time together to solicit input from members on future plans for the Center.

The Changing World of Work: Analytics, Automation, Adaptation - Crossroads 2021

Nov 09, 2021 at 8:00AM - Nov 09, 2021 at 5:00PM

This event will be offered Hybrid – both in-person at MIT and online via Zoom

Labor issues were high on corporate agendas before the pandemic due to challenges such as advances in automation and shifting skills demands. Now, severe supply chain disruptions caused by Covid-related worker shortages, workplace changes, and manufacturing stoppages have elevated these issues even further. The Crossroads 2021 conference focuses on supply chain labor challenges in a resource-constrained world. For example, how can employees be deployed in new ways and be integrated with automated processes to increase competitiveness? Are there employment practices that can help companies meet future supply chain demands?

SCE Research Briefing - Chris Mejía - First Fridays

Nov 05, 2021 at 11:00AM - Nov 05, 2021 at 12:00PM

Virtually from the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics


How to link technology usage/adoption to logistics operations for serving a myriad of customers efficiently?

The pandemic has triggered the rise of technology in emerging markets, particularly in nano, micro & small businesses. The number of marketplaces, platforms has connected suppliers, retailers, and consumers in the last 2 years; but, how CPG manufacturers and distributors can take advantage of that trend? How can they get logistics savings through technology adoption and what should be the formula they need to consider to scale up current efforts to serve the fragmented retail and e...

October 2021

From Automated to Autonomous Supply Chains

Oct 19, 2021 at 11:00AM - Oct 19, 2021 at 12:00PM

Dr. Inma Borrella and Ms. Laura Allegue will host Mr. Mani Janakiram to discuss the evolution from an Automated to an Autonomous Supply Chain. Mr. Mani Janakiram is the Sr. Principal AI Engineer, Mfg. Supply Chain Operations at Intel Corporation, and has +20 years of supply chain and operations experience.

Join us to learn first-hand from Mr. Janakiram's experience on why an agile and smart supply chain is critical and how AI is enabling digital transformation. Come prepared for engaging with our polls and being part of our live Q&A session.

This webinar is offered free, but registration is...

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...