What’s Shaping Omnichannel Fulfillment Strategies?

March 09, 2023 • In the Media

As the pandemic receded and consumers began to return to stores, the retail landscape once again shifted, presenting supply chain professionals with a whole new set of challenges.

So what were these challenges and where are retailers feeling the pain? Dr. Eva Ponce conducted and analyzed a new survey in partnership with DC Velocity and examined the forces that shaped retailers’ omnichannel fulfillment strategies last year.

Exorcising Ghost Lanes From Transportation Procurement

March 02, 2023 • In the Media

Dr. Angela Acocella is a research affiliate at MIT CTL and a postdoctoral researcher at Tilburg University. This article was originally published in the Mar/Apr edition of Supply Chain Management Review.

In visit to MIT, FedEx founder Frederick Smith shares thoughts on innovation

February 15, 2023 • In the Media

On Jan. 26, the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics (CTL) hosted FedEx founder and executive chair Frederick W. Smith for an intimate, one-on-one conversation with Yossi Sheffi, director of CTL and professor of civil and environmental engineering. Their talk, titled "50 Years of Delivering Innovation," centered on the evolution of the supply chain and logistics fields over the last half-century — in which FedEx played a large part.

Bryan Reimer Examines the Balance Between Safety and Convenience in Driver-assistance Technology

February 12, 2023 • News

Research Scientist Bryan Reimer discusses his work with the Advanced Vehicle Technology (AVT) Consortium with Automotive News on the Shift podcast.

Listen to their discussion here

Why Your Retirement Plan Should Include Ice Cream

February 10, 2023 • In the Media

In an interview with Barron's, MIT AgeLab Director Joseph Coughlin discussed why we need to think about how we will achieve our goals in retirement, not just what they are.

Assessing the State of Supply Chain Sustainability

February 06, 2023 • In the Media

In SupplyChainBrain, MIT Freight Lab Co-director David Correll writes about supply chain sustainability research and what changes to expect in the coming years.

State of Supply Chain Sustainability 2023 launches data collection

February 01, 2023 • News
The survey is open through February 28, 2023. Share your perspective and observations to help CTL gain a full understanding of the current state of supply chain sustainability.

PhD candidate Steven Parks awarded prestigious Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship

January 25, 2023 • News
Steven Parks

Steven Parks, a third-year PhD candidate and research assistant in the Megacity Logistics Lab, was awarded a fellowship through the Federal Highway Administration’s Dwight D.

Top 10: Supply Chain & Logistics Colleges in the US

January 24, 2023 • In the Media

MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics' SCM program has been listed among Supply Chain Digital's list of top US college programs!

"This program is consistently ranked as one of the top programs in the world. The MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics moves leading-edge research from MIT’s labs to the global marketplace through its educational programs."

View the whole list on SupplyChain Digital

Sustainable Supply Chains Put the Customer First

January 04, 2023 • In the Media

MIT News discusses with Josué C. Velázquez Martínez about his focus on logistics sustainability and small firms in emerging markets.

MITx MicroMasters program celebrates 1 millionth enrollment

December 20, 2022 • News
A milestone in the evolution of education in the supply chain field was reached at the end of September, with the one-millionth enrollment in the MITx MicroMasters Program in Supply Chain Management (SCM). The landmark number reflects both the success of the program and the changes transforming professional education as more learners turn to online programs to gain knowledge and improve their lives. MIT CTL, edX, and MITx celebrated the most recent group of program credential earners along with this milestone on Dec 7 with a live webinar celebration. Here are some clips from the event.

Repeated Routes Reduce Driver Dwell Time at Shippers, MIT Researcher Says

December 14, 2022 • In the Media

MIT FreightLab Co-Director David Correll discussed how sharing data among shippers, brokers, and carriers could address recurring issues in FreightWaves.

“The amount of dwell that we expect a driver to experience at a facility drops almost exponentially with repeated visits to that facility,” Correll said. “The brass tacks implication of that is that keeping people in the supply chain with consistent routes or consistent route expectations leads to things running more smoothly and effectively.

Online or In-store? A Guide to Climate-friendly Clothes Shopping.

December 13, 2022 • In the Media

Fast shipping can get products into the hands of the consumer very quickly, but MIT Sustainable Supply Chain Lab Director Josué C. Velázquez Martínez says that it comes at the cost of increased carbon emissions. 

Building Resilience for the Next Supply Chain Disruption

November 21, 2022 • In the Media

As companies remedy shortages related to Covid-19, many are wondering what will be the cause of the next big disruption. CTL Deputy Director Jim Rice says that instead of focusing on solutions to specific disruptions, that they should instead build resilience to protect against any threat.

Companies Face Pressure to Improve Environmental Sustainability in Supply Chain

November 03, 2022 • In the Media

David Correll, Principal Investigator for the State of Supply Chain Sustainability, was recently featured in The Wall Street Journal showcasing the work and findings of this year's report—namely, that pressure on firms to strengthen their supply chain sustainability efforts has been sustained and increasing ove

Overcoming the Financial Barriers to Building Resilient Supply Chains

November 01, 2022 • In the Media

It's a paradox: You won't know if or how an investment in supply chain resilience pays off until you actually have to use it—which, ideally, you won't.

The major disruptions of the last few years have made supply chain resilience top of mind of many companies. But because resilience is so hard to measure, it's very difficult to know how much to invest in it.

Honoring Work to Support Innovation in Aging

October 27, 2022 • In the Media

On September 13, 2022, MIT AgeLab co-hosted a celebration honoring the 10th anniversary of Boston Bridge, a nonprofit professional development organization in the field of aging with a longtime AgeLab association.

Sustainable Supply Chain Management online course offers concrete tools, actionable strategies for organizations’ climate pledges

October 26, 2022 • Press Releases
Today, the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics announced the launch of its latest online, open-enrollment course, Sustainable Supply Chain Management (SCM.290x). The course, open to all, offers supply chain practitioners tools to transform ambitious corporate climate pledges into actionable strategies while keeping their organizations’ competitive edge in the market. “Demand for sustainable supply chains from stakeholders and consumers alike has been increasing,” said course lead Josué Velázquez Martínez. “If you have a personal interest in mobilizing your company to make a positive impact, this course is for you.”

Eight experts diagnose the supply chain

October 19, 2022 • In the Media

CTL Executive Director Chris Caplice spoke to Vox's Recode for their article "8 experts diagnose the supply chain". In his view, it was never really broken. "Supply chains just adjust, but they were hit with a global pandemic," he said. "You saw all the warts and everything, but it kept working."

Caplice went on to explain further.

2022 MIT supply chain management graduates achieve record career outcomes

October 11, 2022 • Press Releases
97% of the MIT Supply Chain Management Master's Program’s residential class seeking a job received a job offer by graduation.

Fully Automated, Self-Driving Vehicles: Is Auto Industry Getting Ahead of Itself?

October 04, 2022 • Press Releases

Mobility Confidence Index Study in Collaboration with PAVE and MIT Advanced Vehicle Technology (AVT) Consortium  

TROY, Mich.: 4 Oct. 2022 — As the automotive industry methodically advances toward greater vehicle automation, consumer readiness for higher levels of automation remains low—even declining slightly from 2021—making it challenging to bring vehicle buyers into the modern mobility movement. According to the J.D. Power 2022 U.S.

MIT Agelab Awards Five Scholarships to Students Who Further Intergenerational Connections

September 29, 2022 • News

Since 2015, the MIT AgeLab has awarded scholarships to high school students who developed intergenerational programs — initiatives that bring together younger and older people for knowledge-sharing and social connection — in their communities. On Sept. 9, five $5,000 OMEGA scholarships were given to high school students across the United States, supported by the sponsorship of AlerisLife, a senior living and rehabilitation and wellness services company headquartered in Newton, Massachusetts, and AARP.

QS Ranks MIT SCM #1 Supply Chain Management Master’s Program in the World for 2023

September 29, 2022 • Press Releases
The 10-month program is ranked #1 globally overall for the third year in a row and on Value for Money, Employability, Alumni Outcomes, and Thought Leadership indicators. MIT's Supply Chain Management master's program has been ranked the #1 SCM master's in the world by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) for the third consecutive year. For its 2023 rankings, QS evaluated SCM master’s programs in 11 countries and ranked MIT SCM #1 based on indicators including alumni outcomes, employability, thought leadership, and value for money, as well as reputation among industry professionals and academics.

Need to Have Smarter Food Supply Chains to Prevent Waste, Say Experts

September 27, 2022 • In the Media

According to the United Nations Environment Programme, as much as a third of all fresh food produced is lost or wasted before it reaches our tables. The World Union of Wholesale Markets Conference in Abu Dhabi this October aims to "opportunity to reshape global food systems," say the event organizers.

Fedex Says Shipping Volume is Down. That’s a Bad Sign for the Global Economy

September 16, 2022 • In the Media

When FedEx told CNBC that their current dip in shipping volume is a starting sign of a looming global recession, shipping company stock prices dropped. MIT Megacity Logistics Lab Director Matthias Winkenbach says that this may be a wake up call to FedEx and other shipping and logistics companies to change how they approach necessary innovations.