MIT CTL's Nick Burns receives 2023 MIT Infinite Mile Award

August 30, 2024 • Press Releases

The MIT School of Engineering recently honored outstanding faculty, students, and staff with its 2023 awards.

Mary Beth Gallagher | School of Engineering

Each year, the MIT School of Engineering honors outstanding faculty, students, and staff across its departments, labs, centers, and institutes with a number of awards. Recently, the school announced the following members of the engineering community at MIT as winners of its 2023 awards.

Faculty and teaching awards

Which Consumers are Leading the Recycling Charge?

June 11, 2024 • News

In an article by Plastics Today, CTL Director Yossi Sheffi's book Balancing Green: When to Embrace Sustainability in a Business and When Not To was quoted to demonstrate how consumers will often decide to not pay a higher price for more sustainable products.

“In the checkout line, we don’t tend to put our money where our environmental mouths are, regardless of age. Although some surveys show that most consumers say they want sustainable products, sales data show that only a small percentage are willing to pay more to buy them.” 

Six Steps on the Journey to Environmentally Compliant Warehouses

May 06, 2024 • In the Media

Dr. Miguel Rodriguez Garcia and  Dr. Erez Agmoni, Global Head of Innovation, (Logistics and Services), A.P. Møller-Maersk A/S, discuss the six steps for environmentally compliant warehouses in SupplyChainBrain.

Redefining the Supply Chain: Embracing Sustainability, Resilience, and Efficiency in a New Era

April 30, 2024 • In the Media

In an era marked by global disruptions, the fragility of supply chains has been starkly revealed. Pandemics, geopolitical tensions, natural disasters, and climate emergencies have not only exposed weaknesses but have also sparked a wave of innovation and strategic evolution. As McKinsey notes, supply chain leaders are now vested with both the attention of top management and a mandate for tangible change.

MIT Supply Chain Management Program Earns Top Honors in 2024 Rankings

April 29, 2024 • Press Releases

Three prestigious outlets have already selected the programs of MIT CTL this year.

2024 MIT Supply Chain Excellence Awards Given to 35 Graduating Students

April 25, 2024 • Press Releases

Thirty-five exceptional graduates from top undergraduate supply chain management and engineering programs across the United States have been awarded tuition fellowships and conditional acceptance to the MIT Supply Chain Management Master’s Program.

3 Questions: Enhancing last-mile logistics with machine learning

April 16, 2024 • News

MIT CTL Director of Research Matthias Winkenbach uses AI to make vehicle routing more efficient and adaptable for unexpected events.

"Machine learning can be very interesting for this because nowadays most of the drivers have smartphones or GPS trackers, so there is a ton of information as to how long it takes to deliver a package. You can now, at scale, in a somewhat automated way, extract that information and calibrate every single stop to be modeled in a realistic way."

MIT SCM Announces 2024-2025 AWE Fellowship Recipients

April 10, 2024 • Press Releases

Cambridge, MA – The AWESOME award represents a significant commitment by the MIT Supply Chain Management Master’s Program, the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics, and AWESOME (Achieving Women’s Excellence in Supply Chain Operations, Management, and Education) to encourage women to prepare for and perform successfully in supply chain leadership roles. This fellowship is awarded to two women each year: one from the residential cohort and one from the blended.

MIT CTL announces 2024-25 UPS Fellowship recipients

April 02, 2024 • Press Releases
Two students awarded full tuition and monthly stipend from UPS Foundation

The MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (CTL) is pleased to announce the recipients of the UPS Fellowship for the 2024–25 academic year. Made possible by a grant from the UPS Foundation, the UPS Fellowship continues its mission to champion outstanding students with financial support of two exceptional students, one incoming MIT Master’s student and one MIT PhD student pursuing scholarship relating to logistics, freight transportation, supply chain management, or a related topic.

Baltimore bridge collapse could have ‘profound effect' on supply chain

March 27, 2024 • News

In a discussion with NBC Boston, CTL Director Yossi Sheffi explains the relationship with CTL and FEMA on humanitarian supply chain issues.

"It is usually invoked during hurricanes, and other natural disasters, but it has just been invoked, they asked us to go and collect data and give them an estimate of the logistics impact," said MIT professor Yossi Sheffi. "It is a major problem for the region, it's an economic problem."

Harnessing generative AI for smarter supplier negotiations

March 01, 2024 • In the Media

MIT SCM Master's Candidates Andres Ayala and Ria Verma, along with their advisors Dr. Elenna Dugundji and Dr. Thomas Koch, are designing a chatbot that can aide procurement professionals' negotiations.

Pair People and AI for Better Product Demand Forecasting

January 29, 2024 • News

Devadrita Nair and Maria Jesus Saenz of the MIT Digital Supply Chain Transformation Lab recently published an aritcle in MIT Sloan Management Review. Here's a brief excerpt:

AgeLab researcher Bryan Reimer named to US Department of Transportation innovation committee

January 23, 2024 • News

Bryan Reimer, Research Scientist at the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics’s (MIT CTL) AgeLab, has been appointed by the US Department of Transportation (DOT) to the Transforming Transportation Advisory Committee (TTAC). The committee advises the DOT and the Secretary of Transportation about plans and approaches for transportation innovation.

Are you your trucker's keeper?

January 11, 2024 • News
Conventional wisdom says that the United States is suffering from a massive truck driver shortage. While it’s true that truck drivers are a scarce resource, it’s also the case that truck drivers’ time is frequently not respected and is significantly underutilized. The biggest culprit? Long delays at shippers’ loading docks.

Omnichannel Distribution Strategies Lab launches data collection for annual study

November 09, 2023 • News
The research team seeks input from supply chain professionals in the omnichannel retail and distribution space to gain a fuller understanding of trends and transformations currently occurring in the industry. Anyone interested may participate and contribute by completing a brief survey.

Removing needless barriers to micro-retailer growth

November 01, 2023 • News

LIFT Lab Director Josué C. Velázquez Martínez wrote in the latest Innovation Strategies column in Supply Chain Management Review. Here's a brief excerpt:

Knowing how to plan to spend your time in retirement is as pressing as how you will save for it

October 09, 2023 • In the Media

MIT AgeLab founder Joseph Coughlin discusses the importance of planning how to spend your retirement years, as it is as important as planning to save for your retirement.

“Over the past century, we’ve created the greatest gift in humanity – 30 extra years of life – and we don’t know what we’re going to do with it.”

Read the full article on The Globe and Mail

Loaded and Rolling: 70% of annual RFP lanes procured not materializing

October 05, 2023 • In the Media

FreightWaves on Tuesday interviewed Angela Acocella, postdoctoral researcher at Tilburg University and researcher with the MIT Center of Transportation and Logistics looking at the impact of ghost lanes on shipper and carrier networks.

How Digital Technologies Could Boost Tiny Retailers in Developing Countries

October 03, 2023 • In the Media

Micro-retailers are vitally important to the economies of developing countries and to consumer packaged goods companies but their full potential is not being realized. The adoption of digital technologies could help change that. But for that to happen, obstacles must be overcome. This October 3, 2023, article by Josué C. Velázquez Martínez (MIT CTL Research Scientist and Director of the MIT Sustainable Supply Chain Lab and MIT Low Income Firms Transformation (LIFT) Lab) and Ken Cottrill (CTL Editorial Director), suggests three strategies can address them.

Report finds supply chain sustainability pressure continues unabated in 2023

October 02, 2023 • Press Releases

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 2 – The State of Supply Chain Sustainability 2023, published today, Now in its fourth year, the annual report from the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (MIT CTL) and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) examines how supply chain sustainability practices have evolved over a four-year period, how they are being implemented globally, and what that means for professionals, enterprises, industries, and the planet. This year’s report shows that pressure on firms to make their supply chains more sustainable.

The China Dilemma: Stay or Leave?

October 02, 2023 • Blogs

In a recent influencer article, MIT CTL Director Yossi Sheffi discusses issues involved with sourcing in China. 

How to get your DC ready for driverless forklifts

October 01, 2023 • In the Media

MIT CTL's Toby Gooley writes about the importance of how to get your distribution center ready for driverless forklifts.

Dr. Maria Jesus Saenz Named Recipient of 2023 Women in Supply Chain Award

September 18, 2023 • Press Releases
Dr. Maria Jesus Saenz

CAMBRIDGE, MASS.—Sept. 18, 2023 — Dr.

Bryan Reimer Talks Driver Assistance Systems for Travelers Institute Webinar

September 13, 2023 • News

Newer vehicles today are packed with sensors and technology. This includes a group of features known as Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (or ADAS), that aim to help drivers better react to danger on the road and partially automate the driving task. So how are drivers today actually handling all this new tech? Are we beginning to see safety benefits? Dr.

MIT SCM Announces 2023-2024 AWE Fellowship Recipients

September 08, 2023 • Press Releases

The MIT Supply Chain Management Master’s Program is pleased to announce the winners from the Class of 2024 of the Advancing Women Through Education (AWE) Fellowship.