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

September 08, 2021 • In the Media

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 • News

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 • In the Media

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 • In the Media

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 • In the Media

"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 • In the Media

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. 

Women Caught In Between And Facing Uncertainty In Retirement

January 25, 2021 • In the Media

AgeLab Director Joseph F. Coughlin writes in Forbes:

The real self-driving revolution remains years away

January 21, 2021 • In the Media
Bryan Reimer, a transportation researcher with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's AgeLab, said it will be decades before people can buy truly self-driving cars in which humans ride solely as passengers.

COVID-19 and the Future of Aging: Technology for Connecting

January 20, 2021 • In the Media

AgeLab Director Joseph F. Coughlin answers questions from the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging:

Latest US driver shortage requires long-term solutions

January 20, 2021 • In the Media

Finding that information is one of the goals of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Freight Lab. David Correll, MIT research scientist and co-director of the Freight Lab, believes truck drivers, dispatchers, and logistics managers all need to better utilize available time. Increased time spent driving, rather than waiting at a dock, means increased truck capacity, he said.

From Toilet Paper To Vaccines, All Eyes Were On Supply Chain In 2020. What About 2021?

January 04, 2021 • In the Media

According to Yossi Sheffi, professor at MIT and director of the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics, supply chain is typically the “asphalt of the road” —that is, when it works, there’s no need to talk about it. 

Vaccine Transport Leans on Tight Network of Refrigerated-Truck Operators

December 14, 2020 • In the Media

MIT SCM ‘00 grad Marc Boyle’s company, Boyle Transportation is cited in the Wall Street Journal for its role in vaccine distribution in the U.S.

“Moving vaccines and other pharmaceutical products with strict temperature requirements is a delicate business. Carriers that specialize in such shipments typically provide what is known as temperature-validated service. Sensors and other devices monitor conditions inside the trailer and record data to confirm that the temperature remains within a certain range.

The Mass Distribution of Covid-19 Vaccines Is Under Way. ‘Everything Has to Come Together.’

December 13, 2020 • In the Media

The vaccination effort that has kicked off will rely on a sprawling chain of people, processes and connections that will all have to work to make the campaign successful. The mass mobilization is one of the largest in the U.S. since the country’s factories were repurposed during World War II, the WSJ’s Sarah Krouse, Jared S. Hopkins, and Anna Wilde Mathews write, and relies on factory workers, truck drivers, pilots, pharmacists and health-care workers, among others.

If everyone is shopping online this year, why aren’t shippers prepared?

December 10, 2020 • In the Media

Pandemic plus holidays? That equals a huge increase in online shopping and about 800 million more packages to be delivered than last year. But shipping companies and merchants that aren’t Amazon aren’t handling it all that well.

New Book Collects Insight on Supply Chain in Emerging Markets

December 01, 2020 • News

A new book collecting insights from MIT CTL researchers and others, Supply Chain Management and Logistics in Emerging Markets: Selected Papers from the 2018 MIT–Scale Latin America Conference, has just been published in hardcover and digital formats. The collection of research was edited by Hugo Yoshizaki, Christopher Mejía Argueta, and Marina Guimarães Mattos.

Building resilient supply chains

November 25, 2020 • In the Media

Director of MIT Digital Supply Chain Transformation Lab, Maria Jesus Saenz spoke with the MIT Technology Review Insights series. "Turbulent times can expose weaknesses in distribution chains, putting stress on chokepoints and reducing access to critical components, suppliers, and capital.

Paper Wins Decision Sciences Journal Best Paper Award for 2019

November 24, 2020 • News

"Approaches for Locating and Staffing FEMA's Disaster Recovery Centers", won Decision Sciences Journal Best Paper Award for 2019. Authors Julia Moline, Jarrod Goentzel, and Erica Gralla were awarded at the Decision Science Institute Conference on 23 Nov. 2020.