March 2017

Mar 22, 2017 at 11:30AM - Mar 22, 2017 at 12:45PM

Landau Building
Building 66-154

Rwanda is "the Land of a Thousand Hills". Unfortunately, the roads that traverse these hills often make delivery of critical medical supplies difficult and time consuming. In late 2016 Zipline, a California based drone operator, began transporting emergency blood supplies to hard to reach areas by drone. As the network builds, other emergency medical supplies like rabies vaccines will be included. The operation is co-funded by the Rwandan government and a public private partnership between the UPS Foundation and Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance. During his presentation Mr. Etter highlight the innovative and operational aspects of the initiative as well as provide background on a unique public private partnership funding strategy.
Mar 21, 2017 at 12:00PM - Mar 21, 2017 at 1:00PM

Twenty Chimneys
Building W20-306

This seminar will examine recent efforts at planning for potential climate change impacts on the nation’s transportation system.  The analysis frameworks for doing such planning will be discussed, as well as some of the political aspects of working in a “denial” environment.  Examples will be presented of adaptation planning around the United States, including a study being conducted for the Massachusetts DOT.  Research and studies on how climate change could affect transportation planning, engineering design and land use will be explored in the talk.  The presentation will end with some thoughts on the future of climate change and transportation adaptation planning in the Trump Era.
Mar 15, 2017 at 11:00AM - Mar 15, 2017 at 12:00PM


Cyber attacks on supply chains are a constant threat to organizations. News media are regularly reporting cyber attacks to supply chains that result in data theft or denial of service. Examples abound, such as the theft of credit card data for 70 million customers from Target in 2013, and a sophisticated distributed attack that blocked the websites of major companies in the east-US such as Amazon, Starbucks and PayPal, during most the 21st of October 2016. Although relevant, this coverage often overshadows cyber-attacks that affect supply chain operations, which continue to occur without media attention.
Mar 01, 2017 at 9:00AM - Mar 01, 2017 at 5:30PM

Chambre des métiers du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg 
2 Circuit de la Foire Internationale 
L-1016 Luxembourg-Kirchberg

The Luxembourg Center for Logistics and Supply Chain Management is organising its first annual eXplore conference on 1 March 2017 titled, "The Future of Supply Chain Management." Amongst others, topics will address the impact of digitization and visual analytics, and the influence of block chain and behavioral aspects on operations and supply chain management. We are particularly pleased to have Professor Yossi Sheffi, Director of the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics, giving a keynote speech on supply chain risk and resilience.

February 2017

Feb 22, 2017 at 11:00AM - Feb 22, 2017 at 12:00PM


Over-stocking and under-stocking spare parts have become the norm, especially for companies who do review-and-stock inventory planning. Because this traditional planning approach doesn’t account for variabilities from product failures, it’s even more challenging  plan spare parts inventory and service demand. But it no longer has to be this way.

January 2017

Jan 25, 2017 at 5:00PM - Jan 25, 2017 at 8:00PM

MIT Media Lab E14 6th Floor 

On Wednesday, January 25, 2017, in the MIT Media Lab (75 Amherst Street, Building E14, Floor 6), the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics will host a Research Expo for over 125 supply chain master's students from the MIT Global Supply Chain and Logistics Excellence (SCALE) Network as they showcase their company-sponsored thesis projects. Representing the MIT Global SCALE Network:

  • MIT (Supply Chain Management program)
  • Zaragoza Logistics Center (ZLC)
  • Center for Latin-American Logistics Innovation (CLI)
  • Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation (MISI)

Walk around, meet the stude...

Jan 17, 2017 at 10:00AM - Jan 20, 2017 at 2:30PM

70 Memorial Drive
Building E51-335
Cambridge, MA 02142

Today’s companies are realizing the importance of the supply chain as a revenue generator — it's not just a cost of doing business. In order to remain competitive in the global marketplace, senior executives must completely transform their business approach and conventional supply chain practices, and embrace new capabilities that drive more value.

November 2016

Nov 30, 2016 at 8:00AM - Dec 01, 2016 at 4:00PM

MIT Morris and Sophie Chang Building (E52)
50 Memorial Drive
6th Floor Samberg Conference Center
Cambridge, MA 02142

Finance is widely recognized as the language of business – yet supply chain managers have not fully learned how to communicate the impact of their function in financial terms. This workshop will show how supply chain actions affect the income statement and balance sheet – two key financial statements – and how supply chain managers can explain their decisions in the language of finance. The workshop will include exercises that challenge the participants to make critical investments in working capital, focusing on four core supply chain elements:  inventory, capital operating equipment, payable...

Nov 10, 2016 at 6:00PM - Nov 10, 2016 at 7:00PM

It is estimated that 54% of food losses occur during production, post-harvest handling, and storage. Various storage technologies have been designed to address losses due to insects, rodents, mold infiltration, etc. This talk describes projects that established storage technology supply chains and training among smallholder farmers in Africa and shares research aimed to scale future efforts.


Johnson Kagoye, Programme Officer, World Food Programme Zero Food Loss Initiative
Dieudonné Baributsa, Research Associate Professor, Purdue University, and Team Manager, Purdue Improved Cowpea...

Nov 03, 2016 at 8:30AM - Nov 03, 2016 at 5:00PM

1 Broadway, 6th Floor, Cambridge, MA

Companies have invested substantial amounts of money and valuable managerial time in developing omni-channel supply chains. Although they have achieved some success, the vision of a seamless service that enables customers to shop via any channel or device and receive purchases on time at their chosen locations, has yet to be fully realized. The challenges of adding new capabilities, and connecting or modifying existing systems, have proved more formidable than generally anticipated.