FreightLab Co-Director Gives Expert Testimony on Improving Trucking Capacity at Congressional Hearing
MIT CTL Research Scientist David Correll was recently invited to give expert testimony to the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. He served as a witness at a committee hearing held November 17 to dive into the ongoing supply chain bottlenecks and explore the issue from the perspectives of industry and labor.
J.D. Power and MIT AVT Study on Fully Automated Self-Driving Vehicles: Consumers Don’t Know What They Don’t Know
Mobility Confidence Index Study in collaboration with MIT Advanced Vehicle Technology Consortium and Partners for Automated Vehicle Education (PAVE)
CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly Q3 2021 issue features a cover story by CTL's Jonathan Byrnes, writing with John Wass (Staples, Profit Isle). The piece is adapted from their recently published book, Choose Your Customer: How to Compete Against the Digital Giants and Thrive.
AgeLab Director Joe Coughlin writes in Forbes:
"The bridges, roads, rails, dams, wastewater treatment, electrical grid, and transit systems are not the only infrastructure that is aging. The trades, the people, with the skills to build, maintain, and operate the nation’s infrastructure are also aging. Even if millions, billions, and trillions are spent, there is a major workforce gap that will leave public investment a noble goal but not shovel ready – at least not soon."
CTL researcher David Correll weighs in on a USA Today Fact Check article detailing some of the real reasons behind product shortages and delays.
"To run optimally, logistics has to be well-planned and coordinated," David Correll, co-director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's FreightLab, said in an email. "The pandemic and the homebody economy wreaked havoc on those networks, leaving supply chains unbalanced and out of whack."
Consumer Reports talked with supply chain experts, including CTL Director Yossi Sheffi, for an October 20 article titled "Experts Agree: Get Your Holiday Shopping Done ASAP.
“If your kids want the pink sneakers, make sure that red sneakers are not going to send them into a depression,” says Sheffi at MIT. "Just be flexible. Order early. There’s not much else that you can do.”
The race to deliver a Covid-19 vaccine has been likened to a moonshot, but in several ways landing a man on the moon was easier. In his new book, A Shot in the Arm: How Science, Engineering, and Supply Chains Converged to Vaccinate the World, published today by MIT CTL Media, MIT Professor Yossi Sheffi recounts the vaccine’s extraordinary journey from scientific breakthroughs to coronavirus antidote and mass vaccination.
Correll discussed MIT Freightlab's research into truck driver utilization for a Scripps National News segment on labor shortages and related factors that contribute to supply chain inefficiencies.
Yossi Sheffi talked with David Pogue for an October 11 segment on CBS Sunday Morning examining the paradox of empty store shelves, higher prices and longer wait times for good of all kinds, despite the "glut of goods" coming into the country.
"The underlying cause of all of this is actually a huge increase in demand. People did not spend during the pandemic, and then all the government help came... trillions of dollars went to households, so they ordered stuff... they ordered more and more stuff, and global markets were not ready."
MIT CTL's Jarrod Goentzel was quoted in Bloomberg Business Week
Winners of the Amazon Last-Mile Routing Research Challenge were announced in a live webinar event held on July 30, 2021. Amazon and the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics created the challenge to engage with a global community of researchers across a range of disciplines, from computer science to business operations to supply chain management, challenging them to build data-driven route optimization models leveraging massive historical route execution data. The three winning teams were awarded prize money totaling $175,000 for their innovative route optimization models.
Decarbonizing the Air Transportation Sector: New Guidelines for Sustainable Aviation Fuel Greenhouse Gas Emission Accounting and Insetting Launched Today
The air transportation industry is responsible for a significant amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions each year. Immediately before the COVID-19 crisis, the industry emitted approximately 3% of annual global GHG emissions—with that footprint projected to grow. It is therefore critical to reduce aviation GHG emissions as a part of efforts to meet global climate goals
Sustainability as a business imperative in supply chain management increases, according to new report
Profesor del MIT ayuda a las empresas a reestructurar su estrategia de suministro después del COVID-19
MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics and Smart Freight Centre Announce New Accounting Guidelines for Sustainable Aviation Fuels
MIT AgeLabs Joseph Coughlin as quoted in FastCompany
... A recent study showed that elderly Americans are interested in health tracking but don’t engage with wrist wearables because the devices don’t feel designed for them. For example, in the aforementioned study, older Americans said they have a hard time seeing the tiny icons and font sizes that dominate smartwatches.
MIT AgeLab's Bryan Reimer was quoted by author Benjamin Preston in Consumer Reports
...There is strong evidence that camera-based driver monitoring works, says Bryan Reimer, who heads up the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Advanced Vehicle Technology Consortium, an academic-industry partnership supported by Consumer Reports.
"As I’ve since learned, the consensus among independent researchers is that online shopping can in fact be much less damaging to the environment than traditional, in-store shopping—but only if we do it the right way.
MIT’s Center for Transportation & Logistics (CTL) awards full-tuition UPS Fellowships for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic years to four students across the institute.
A version of this story appeared in CNN's What Matters newsletter. By Zachary B. Wolf.
There have been numerous stories in recent days about problems with the supply chain as the economy starts back up after last year's unprecedented shutdowns.
Walmart Integrates MIT CTL MicroMasters® Custom Course Into Its Supply Chain Leader Development Program
CAMBRIDGE, MASS, February 4, 2021 – The MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (MIT CTL) and Walmart have teamed up to create a new custom course in supply chain management for Walmart supply chain associates from underrepresented communities who are on a leadership track.