Virtual Symposium
October 01, 2021 at 11:00AM
- October 01, 2021 at 12:00PM
SCE First Fridays event card


Dr. Jarrod Goentzel
Humanitarian Supply Chain Lab

October 1, 2021. 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT 

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 supply and demand during disasters and has created tools to rapidly identify bottlenecks and dynamically determine interventions to increase flow. We will illustrate our conceptual approach and simulation models using the fuel supply chain in the U.S. with use cases around recent disruptions such as the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack and Hurricane Ida.

Upcoming Sessions

November 5, 2021

Dr. Christopher Mejía Argueta
Food and Retail Operations Lab

December 3, 2021

Dr. Eva Ponce
Omnichannel Distribution Strategies

February 4, 2022

Josué Velázquez
Sustainable Logistics Driving Carbon Admission Reductions into Supply Chains



We request registration for each First Friday. As a courtesy, we have included a calendar invitation so you can save the date for the meetings, with a prompt to register. Downloading the calendar invitation does not register you for the series, however. You must register using the form below.

*Please note: This series is open exclusively to Supply Chain Exchange members. If you are from a member company, please register below.

Supply Chain Exchange Partners

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About the First Fridays series

At the 2021 Supply Chain Exchange Partner Kickoff Meeting, we heard from you that we should have a set, standing meeting day and time each month for our Partners to convene and we agree. In response, we are hosting a monthly Supply Chain Exchange session on the First Friday of each month, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern U.S. time.

We also learned that you want to hear research updates and participate in educational programs. We’re setting aside two hours on each "First Friday". The first hour will be for introductions and a research briefing, the second hour may be used for an educational session. We expect that some Fridays we may only have a research briefing, depending upon your interest. However. we thought it would be wise to block the full two hours for everyone to have it in your calendars as education topics may be added.

The specific content and agenda of the Friday meetings will vary from month to month and will be announced in advance. In addition to First Fridays, we will continue to host other gatherings, roundtables, and training throughout the year. These will address a variety of supply chain topics brought forward by you, our Supply Chain Exchange members, and proposed by MIT CTL researchers.