May 14, 2019 • Articles

Every decision is the right one as long as it works for the family.

This story was intended to share perspectives on bringing families with children to Cambridge from abroad while studying at MIT. These are our stories as ten-month and five-month on-campus Master’s candidates. While writing it together, we had some enlightening arguments. We talked about the roles of men and women in families, the difference between moms and dads in children’s eyes, gender equality, and the social perceptions of it.

May 13, 2019 • Articles

With greater longevity, the quest to avoid the infirmities of aging is more urgent than ever.

Aging, like bankruptcy in Hemingway’s description, happens two ways, slowly and then all at once. The slow way is the familiar one: decades pass with little sense of internal change, middle age arrives with only a slight slowing down—a name lost, a lumbar ache, a sprinkling of white hairs and eye wrinkles.

May 13, 2019 • Articles

With the implementation of 5G wireless, IoT’s B2B services will speed up, but will the logistics sector be ready for the ride? 

Technologies related to shipping and logistics technologies are accelerating. The rollout over the next few years of 5G wireless will bring with it the speeding up of the Internet of Things (IoT), an ability of machines to instantaneously communicate with us and with each other.

February 06, 2019 • Press Releases

MIT AgelabThe Lifestyle Leaders Panel convened at MIT AgeLab in the Center for Transportation and Logistics for a presentation and focus group session on transportation in older age.

February 04, 2019 • Press Releases

The winning finalists of the AWE - Advancing Women Through Education scholarship were awarded at MIT on 30 January 2019. The award, to be given annually and currently valued at $72,000, is the first ever full-tuition award specifically for women in the 20-year history of the MIT SCM program. It represents a significant commitment by MIT SCM, the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics, and AWESOME to encourage women to prepare for and perform successfully in supply chain leadership roles.

January 07, 2019 • Articles
It seems that no self-respecting company can be without a digital transformation (DT) strategy these days. But shifting an organization from an analog mindset to the brave new world of digitalization is a long and challenging journey. Where do you start, how do you prepare employees, and once there, how do you engender trust in digitalized processes?
December 18, 2018 • Press Releases

Massachusetts Tech, Innovation, and Aging Service Leaders Award Four Organizations Combatting Loneliness in Older Adults A group of industry, academic and government partners affiliated with Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s Council to Address Aging announced today the winners of the In Good Company: The 2018 Optimal Aging Challenge, a global competition designed to ident

December 04, 2018 • Articles
France is considering a state of emergency to quell some of the worst social unrest the country has seen in over a decade. A Monday appearance at the COP 24 climate change summit by French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe was abruptly canceled. Philippe instead spent the day with political leaders, discussing how to defuse nationwide protests that have increasingly turned violent.
December 02, 2018 • Articles
This week, General Motors announced plans to halt production at several of its plants. The move could see over 14,000 jobs lost, 8,000 of which are in North America. GM chief executive Mary Barra told reporters that while the company doesn’t foresee an economic downturn, the cuts are needed to “get in front of it while the company is strong and while the economy is strong.” Wall Street reaction was positive, with GM stock rising sharply.
November 27, 2018 • Articles

Why we need operations and management research

From malaria testing to micro-retail stores to global business operations, a clear understanding of what is happening in the supply chain is essential to exist and succeed. Observation of operations and knowledge of human actions alone are not enough. According to W. Edward Demming, "The world is drowning in information but is slow in the acquisition of knowledge." MIT CTL and SCALE researchers take aim at the deluge of information and translate it into working knowledge with their applied research.

November 04, 2018 • Articles

By: Bryan Reimer

Self-driving Not well understood

The convenience of low-cost on-demand personal mobility has taken our roads by storm. Young and old alike are leveraging ride-hailing platforms at an increasing rate. Driverless taxis may further accelerate the use of personal or shared ride-hailing services as part of an increasingly automated lower cost mobility system. The ramifications for personal vehicle ownership, environmental impact, use of public transport, and congestion are not yet well understood.

October 31, 2018 • Press Releases

New England Hall of Fame

The 2018 New England Supply Chain Conference Hall of Fame Award winner is Bruce C. Arntzen, Ph.D. He has contributed in distinctly outstanding ways to the Supply Chain profession. The following summary is an excerpt from the full article.

October 29, 2018 • Articles

Climate Change and Global Warming

BOSTON – In August, when US President Donald Trump proposed to freeze fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks, environmentalists and their supporters were outraged. Now, the temperature of the debate has risen again, following a special report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that highlights the urgent need to take drastic action to curb carbon dioxide emissions.

October 25, 2018 • Articles

The chorus of warnings that another recession is imminent seems to be getting louder by the day in the business community. The many possible triggers of another downturn include America’s trade dispute with China and rising corporate debt. Can companies draw lessons from the Great Recession of 2008 that will help them weather the next financial storm?

October 05, 2018 • Press Releases

MIT Transit Lab paper accepted for Millar Award

Comfort is an important aspect of the transit passenger experience. Crowding can significantly decrease passenger comfort, disrupt service delivery and act as a deterrent to public transit usage. A recent paper published by the MIT Transit Lab was the winner of the William W. Millar Award for best paper in public transportation research. The paper sought to measure transit crowding in new ways.

October 03, 2018 • Press Releases

Humanitarian Logistics Award

The American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) today announced its second annual Humanitarian Logistics Awards at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) EDGE conference. The awards highlight the critical role of logistics in saving lives in times of natural disaster.

September 23, 2018 • Articles

Organizations pursue MicroMasters programs 

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is providing its employees the opportunity to join the online MicroMasters program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA. This is part of DEWA’s strategy to develop the capabilities of young Emiratis and its commitment to continuously develop the skills of its staff according to the highest international educational and training standards.

September 07, 2018 • Articles

Warren Buffett said that in Business, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.” It has been more than two decades now since a 1996 issue of Life magazine depicted a Pakistani boy sewing a Nike soccer ball, reportedly for six cents per hour. After the story, the company lost more than half its market capitalization in just one year – it took Nike six years of demonstrated social responsibility to recuperate.

September 06, 2018 • Articles

Companies and cities in the US are banning plastic straws ostensibly in an effort to curb the huge volumes of plastic waste being dumped in the world’s oceans.

But the real reason for these bans has more to do with corporate image-building than environmental sustainability.

September 05, 2018 • Press Releases

CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS, September 5, 2018 – An MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (MIT CTL) research project titled “Converting Zombies into Learners: Improving MITx MicroMasters MOOC Learner Retention” has been awarded a grant of more than $ 124,000 by the MIT Integrated Learning Initiative (MITili).    

September 04, 2018 • Articles

When the 3PL Value Creation North America Summit 2018 convenes in Chicago this October, shippers will hear from a diverse group of industry experts on how to drive the best deals with their lead providers in both the global and domestic arenas.

August 22, 2018 • Articles

The Walt Disney Co. announced late last month it will eliminate single-use plastic straws and plastic stirrers at all owned and operated locations across the globe.

Disney introduced the ban in response to concerns over the amount of waste plastic being dumped in the world’s oceans. The company described the decision as “another important step in our journey of environmental stewardship.”

August 03, 2018 • Articles

MIT AgeLab Research Scientist Bryan Reimer spoke at a TEDx event in Waltham, MA about the challenges ahead for making vehicles safer and what solutions are most sensible. Road traffic injuries are the 8th-leading cause of death worldwide. Over 1.25 million fatalities and 50 million non-fatal injuries occur per year globally. By many measures, traffic accidents represent a vastly undertreated public health crisis. Are autonomous vehicles the answer?

July 25, 2018 • Press Releases

NINGBO, CHINA, July 25, 2018 - The 11th International Conference of Chinese Scholars Association of Management Science and Engineering (CSAMSE) was hosted by the Ningbo Supply Chain Innovation Institute China, a member of MIT Global SCALE (Supply Chain and Logistics Excellence) Network, from July 14-16, with the theme of “Building Intelligent Supply Chains”. The conference arranged 4 keynote speeches, 2 industrial panel discussions, the Young Scholars Colloquium, the Female Scholar Luncheon and 46 technical sessions.

July 03, 2018 • Press Releases

CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS, July 3, 2018 – The Master’s Program of MIT Global SCALE (Supply Chain and Logistics Excellence) Network has been ranked as the world's No. 1 graduate business program in supply chain and logistics by Eduniversal. The Paris-based global rating agency for higher education ranked the MIT SCALE master’s program as No. 1 for the third time.