COVID-19 Now We All Know What It’s Like To Be Old & Alone

April 23, 2020 • Articles

Dr. Joseph Coughlin writes: In the span of a few short days, millions of Americans of all ages have gone from our often-harried daily routines to living and working at home. Many of us are experiencing this change not as a liberating day off or a snow day, but as an anxiety-producing semi- or full-isolation.

Coronavirus Reveals Vulnerable Supply Chains

April 22, 2020 • Articles

MIT Professor Yossi Sheffi speaks with Bloomberg's Scarlet Fu and Romaine Bostick on the collapse of the food supply chain and the crash in oil. 

Reinforcing Supply Networks

April 22, 2020 • Quoted In

Jim Rice writes in Inside Story: The question at hand for most organizations now is how to restart, to reconstitute your operations back towards what will surely be a new normal.  If your company is working as part of a critical network to satisfy heightened demand for PPE, food, medical, sanitizing suppliers – your challenge is different than those firms operating at significantly reduced capacity.

The growing push to re-open the U.S. economy

April 15, 2020 • Quoted In

CGTN's Roee Ruttenberg spoke with Yossi Sheffi, professor at MIT and director of the Center for Transportation & Logistics, about reopening the U.S. economy.

How the coronavirus outbreak could hurt global business

April 14, 2020 • Quoted In

Yossi Sheffi joins CNBC's “Squawk Alley” to discuss how the coronavirus outbreak could hurt global business.

Commentary: Solving the Health-Care Equipment Supply Shortage

April 10, 2020 • Articles

Yossi Sheffi writes: Just-in-time principles have hampered hospitals responding to the coronavirus pandemic, and it will take government action to fix the problem over the long term. As we struggle to come to terms with the scale of the Covid-19 pandemic, one of the most frustrating sights is witnessing front-line health-care workers begging for more masks, protective gowns, testing kits, ventilators, and intensive-care beds. The woeful performance of these health-care supply chains raises the question of how such glaring shortages happened.

Coronavirus will change how stuff gets to you

April 10, 2020 • Quoted In

Yossi Sheffi spoke with Yahoo! Finance about how the just-in-time model and supplier diversification in light of the coronavirus: “For many companies, changing the entire model just doesn’t make sense. As Yossi Sheffi, director of the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics, told Yahoo Finance, there are just too many advantages of “just-in-time” that go beyond cost. There are more speed and agility, but also more quality. When an auto production line experiences a problem with a part, for example, you have a pile of parts and swap a new one in.

Peter Navarro Is the Worst Possible Person to Be in Charge of Pandemic Supplies

April 09, 2020 • Quoted In

Prof. Yossi Sheffi spoke to Mother Jones about the US government's efforts to manage medical supplies and supply chains amid the pandemic: “Trump had a lot of people to choose from, says Yossi Sheffi, director of the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics and a supply chain expert. ‘There are many, many competent people around,’ he says. ‘We have some of the largest companies in the world who are running global supply chains [and] have contractor relationships all over the world. There are literally thousands of them.

Scenario Planning in Emergency Response

April 09, 2020 • MIT CTL Thought Leadership

This scenario was created in 2006 by the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics as part of a simulation exercise that involved executives from a real-life company who took on the roles of Vaxxon’s fictitious emergency response team.

Covid-19 is about to reach US farms in a major test for food supply chains

April 01, 2020 • Quoted In

"The next several of weeks will be telling for the US, as the virus reaches further into farming communities and a true picture of their preparedness is revealed. As the food supply chain waits for that to happen, it will be important for consumers to keep the situation in context, says Yossi Sheffi, a professor of engineering systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Their Finest Hour - Supply Chain Professionals Bring It

March 31, 2020 • Articles

"As people hunker down in their homes to isolate themselves from the COVID-19 pandemic, an army of dedicated professionals keeps the country’s food supply chains humming under trying conditions. The army is made up of distributors’ employees, fulfillment center personnel, logistics planners, pallet manufacturing crews, procurement professionals, transportation brokers, truck drivers, truck stop attendants, warehouse workers, wholesalers, and countless other specialists.

Your coronavirus grocery questions, answered by experts

March 30, 2020 • Quoted In

“I keep hearing there’s plenty of food, so why does it feel like grocery stores are suddenly out of everything?

“First of all, says Yossi Sheffi, a professor of engineering systems at MIT and the director of the MIT Center for Transportation, they’re not really out of everything — stores, for the most part, are still pretty well-stocked. ‘If you go in the morning, you’ll see stores that are full of stuff,’ he says. It’s just that some of that stuff is selling out very, very quickly, and it takes suppliers time to respond to the change in demand.”

China Is Making Tons of PPE Respirators. But U.S. Hospitals Can't Buy Them.

March 27, 2020 • Quoted In

“The FDA cannot get out of its own way. Why doesn't the FDA just say, ‘Okay, let's use what the Brits are using, what the Canadians are using, what every normal country is using?’” said MIT Professor Yossi Sheffi, who advises hospitals on supply chain management. “They think that only N95 works? I mean, this is insane at this time, it's insane. It's like you're fighting a war, and somebody comes from the outside and says, ‘I can give you some guns and tanks and airplanes.’ And you say, ‘No, let me develop my own.’”

Freight Transportation & the Coronavirus

March 27, 2020 • Quoted In

The Freightvine Podcast - Freight Transportation & the Coronavirus: This episode centers on the coronavirus (COVID-19) and how the outbreak which originated in Wuhan, China in December 2019 is impacting global freight transportation. Host Chris Caplice sits down with Yossi Sheffi, MIT professor and Chris’ boss at the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics, to discuss how the coronavirus differs from past crises and how the bullwhip effect will likely play out in this scenario. 

Supply Chain Collapsing from Coronavirus

March 27, 2020 • Quoted In

MIT Professor Yossi Sheffi speaks with Bloomberg's Scarlet Fu and Romaine Bostick on the collapse of the food supply chain from the coronavirus.

Store stock outages are not what they appear to be

March 24, 2020 • Quoted In

Professor Yossi Sheffi speaks with WCVB in Boston, weighing in on supply chain shortages

Commentary: It’s Not Premature to Set Supply Chains for a Coronavirus Recovery

March 15, 2020 • Articles

As countries shut down, stock markets crumble and economic activity slows to a crawl, it is hard to believe that in a few months the coronavirus crisis may be over. Bigger, well-capitalized companies have the financial strength to withstand the rapidly developing downturn, but most other companies are in tougher situations and survival for many will come into question. However, it is not too early for companies to think about how to position themselves for a successful, speedy recovery.

Wall Street’s Most Volatile Week Ever

March 15, 2020 • Quoted In

Yossi Sheffi discusses how Coronavirus takes its toll on supply chains. He speaks on Bloomberg's podcast "What’d You Miss This Week", which goes through a financial market week for the history books. He goes through how to expand the U.S. health care system’s capacity and how necessary activities like grocery shopping can be done more safely amid the outbreak.

A Coronavirus (COVID-19) Briefing with MIT

March 11, 2020 • Articles

The MIT Industrial Liaison Program hosted a special live webinar highlighting the impacts of COVID-19 on business. The webinar consists of three sections where professors Yossi Sheffi, Alex Pentland, and Andrew Lo gave presentations on resilience, organization management, and finance, respectively.

Responses to Coronavirus Part Two — Gaps in Our Defenses

March 06, 2020 • Articles

As the coronavirus continues to spread and the number of infections surpasses 100,000 worldwide, the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics (MIT CTL) took another look at how companies are responding. The research follows an online survey we conducted in January of this year when the epidemic had just erupted.

Resilience and preparedness for Supply Chain

March 05, 2020 • Articles

Alexis Bateman interviews Yossi Sheffi on resilience and preparedness for Supply Chain Dynamics - SC3x.

Prepare Your Supply Chain for Coronavirus

February 27, 2020 • Articles

Jim Rice writes in Harvard Business Review: Developing a cogent supply chain response to the coronavirus outbreak is extremely challenging, given the scale of the crisis and the rate at which it is evolving. The best response, of course, is to be ready before such a crisis hits, since options become more limited when disruption is in full swing. However, there are measures that can be taken now even if you’re not fully prepared.

Threat to global supply chains posed by the coronavirus outbreak

February 27, 2020 • Quoted In

Yossi Sheffi discusses the threat to global supply chains posed by the coronavirus outbreak. He speaks with Bloomberg's Scarlet Fu and Joe Weisenthal on "Bloomberg Markets: What'd You Miss?"

Commentary: Supply-Chain Risks From the Coronavirus Demand Immediate Action

February 18, 2020 • Articles

Yossi Sheffi writes in The Wall Street Journal: As scientists race to develop a cure for the coronavirus, businesses are trying to assess the impact of the outbreak on their own enterprises. Just as scientists are confronting an unknown enemy, corporate executives are largely working blind because the coronavirus could cause supply-chain disruptions that are unlike anything we have seen in the past 70 years.

Early Responses to the Coronavirus Crisis

January 31, 2020 • MIT CTL Thought Leadership

It is widely expected that the year 2020 — and the new decade it heralds — is going to bring dramatic changes to global supply chains and that China will be a leading actor in this ongoing drama. But no one foresaw China’s role as the epicenter of a coronavirus outbreak that could have a crippling effect on the global economy. The crisis could also have far-reaching consequences for China and its role in the world.