Like COVID, tackling climate change demands a technological leap

December 03, 2021 • Articles
On the LSE COVID-19 Blog from the London School of Economics and Political Science, Yossi Sheffi discusses how lessons learned from the pandemic can be applied to other large-scale global problems like climate change.

FreightLab Co-Director Gives Expert Testimony on Improving Trucking Capacity at Congressional Hearing

December 01, 2021 • Articles

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

November 30, 2021 • Press Releases

Mobility Confidence Index Study in collaboration with MIT Advanced Vehicle Technology Consortium and Partners for Automated Vehicle Education (PAVE)

Jonathan Byrnes in SC Quarterly Magazine: Supply Chain is the Best Defense Against Digital Giants

November 04, 2021 • Quoted In

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.

2022 State of Supply Chain Sustainability Study Launches Data Collection Phase

November 01, 2021 • Articles

The third annual State of Supply Chain Sustainability global study is under way! One crucial way the report is collecting data is through a brief survey of supply chain professionals across the globe.

Even If The Money Flows, Will Workers Be Available To Rebuild U.S. Infrastructure?

October 31, 2021 • Quoted In

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."

David Correll Quoted in USA Today Fact Check

October 22, 2021 • Quoted In

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."

Yossi Sheffi Advises: Be Flexible, Order Holiday Gifts Early

October 20, 2021 • Quoted In

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.”

New Book from Yossi Sheffi Chronicles the Epic Mission to Deliver Covid Vaccines

October 19, 2021 • Press Releases

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.

Don't Blame Truck Drivers – Improving Delivery Efficiency is Complicated

October 13, 2021 • Quoted In

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.

Watch the full video here

Yossi Sheffi Interviewed for CBS Sunday Morning segment

October 11, 2021 • Quoted In

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."

Forget Finance. Supply-Chain Management Is the Pandemic Era’s Must-Have MBA Degree

September 08, 2021 • Quoted In

MIT CTL's Jarrod Goentzel was quoted in Bloomberg Business Week

Amazon and CTL Announce Winners of Last-Mile Routing Research Challenge

August 24, 2021 • Articles

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

July 20, 2021 • Press Releases

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

July 14, 2021 • Press Releases
The 2021 State of Supply Chain Sustainability report, published today, explores how supply chain sustainability (SCS) practices are being implemented globally and what that means for professionals, enterprises, industries, and the planet. This year’s report indicates that pressure to support SCS came from multiple sources, both internal and external to companies, but increased the most among investors and industry associations. Internally, company executives were standout champions of SCS, indicating that the growth in SCS is a business trend and not a fad.

Profesor del MIT ayuda a las empresas a reestructurar su estrategia de suministro después del COVID-19

May 18, 2021 • Press Releases
En su nuevo libro La nueva (a)normalidad - Reestructurando la estrategia de negocios y de la cadena de abastecimiento más allá del Cocvid-19, publicado hoy, el profesor del MIT, Yossi Sheffi mapea cómo las empresas lidiaron con el caos de la pandemia por Covid-19 y cómo han podido sobrevivir y prosperar a medida que cede la crisis. Sheffi presta especial atención al papel de la cadena de suministro para ayudar a las empresas a gestionar estos retos y a recuperarse de la pandemia. Las cadenas de suministro de todo el mundo desempeñan un papel crucial en el abastecimiento, la fabricación y la entrega de productos esenciales a los 7,800 millones de personas del mundo a un precio que pueden pagar.

MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics and Smart Freight Centre Announce New Accounting Guidelines for Sustainable Aviation Fuels

May 17, 2021 • Press Releases
New Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) greenhouse gas (GHG) emission accounting and insetting guidelines developed through a collaboration between MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (MIT CTL) and Smart Freight Centre (SFC), set clear guidelines to facilitate GHG insetting and drive investments in production that will help decarbonize aviation.

Annual State of Supply Chain Sustainability Report Secures Corporate Sponsorship

May 03, 2021 • Press Releases
Three companies step up to sponsor the 2021 report The MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (MIT CTL) is delighted to confirm that three leading companies are sponsoring the 2021 MIT State of Supply Chain Sustainability report: transportation and third-party logistics provider C.H. Robinson, technology company Intel, and retailer Sam’s Club. Now in its second year, MIT CTL produces the ground-breaking report in collaboration with the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. The report explores how sustainability practices are being implemented in global supply chains and what that means for professionals, enterprises, industries, and the planet. This year’s report is due to be published on July 14.

‘The silver tsunami is coming’: Inside the quest to help seniors age at home

April 30, 2021 • Quoted In

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.

Auto Industry and Lawmakers Call for Driver Monitoring Systems to Improve Safety

April 28, 2021 • Quoted In

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.

How to Shop Online More Sustainably

April 26, 2021 • Quoted In

"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.

UPS Fellowships maintain a tradition of graduate student support

April 14, 2021 • Press Releases

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.

Why ending pandemic lockdowns created new shortages of ketchup and everything else

April 11, 2021 • Quoted In

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.

Professor Sheffi’s book “Balancing Green” named a training resource for China’s Central Bank

March 26, 2021 • Press Releases
The People Bank of China (PBoC) has selected the book Balancing Green - When to Embrace Sustainability in a Business (and When Not To) (MIT Press, 2018), by MIT Professor Yossi Sheffi, to be part of its training curriculum for staff and member banks. The prestigious selection reflects the book’s balanced approach to environmental sustainability. The newly-translated Mandarin edition will be part of the highly-selective reference materials used in the training library at the organization.

Walmart Integrates MIT CTL MicroMasters® Custom Course Into Its Supply Chain Leader Development Program

February 04, 2021 • Press Releases

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.