Will Amazon Add Package Delivery to Its List of Market Triumphs?

July 17, 2019 • MIT CTL Thought Leadership
Amazon has been moving into package delivery using many of its assets, prompting observers to ponder whether the retail giant now has UPS, USPS, and FedEx in its competitive sights. Amazon uses its own delivery network for almost half (47.6 percent and growing) of its shipments. As it has done with its fulfillment services, will it grow to challenge the existing integrators and become a common carrier?

Weaponizing Trade Put Global Supply Chain in the Crosshairs

July 12, 2019 • MIT CTL Thought Leadership
The Trump administration’s “America First” battle cry in trade negotiations may curry favor among its supporters in the United States, but weaponizing trade policy in this way undermines the fine-tuned supply chains that companies have meticulously constructed over recent decades. Consumers across the globe — including Americans — ultimately pay the price in the form of more expensive goods and elevated uncertainty.

How to Make CO2 a KPI for Freight Transportation

July 11, 2019 • MIT CTL Thought Leadership
Driven by increasing volumes of goods moving through supply chains across the globe, demand for freight transportation is expected to triple over the next few years. If we continue shipping goods as we do today, freight emissions will surpass energy as the most carbon-intensive sector by 2050, doubling carbon emissions by 2050. Despite these grim predictions, there is a clear path forward for green freight. Using well-established efficiency techniques and existing/near-term green freight technologies, we can keep emissions at bay while still allowing businesses to grow. A rapid and widespread change of course is required to achieve this mission — and that change needs to be tracked and communicated using the de facto metric of the sustainability movement and the language of the Paris Agreement: carbon emissions.

MIT AgeLab Awards OMEGA scholarship to three high school students

June 18, 2019 • Press Releases
On June 6, the MIT AgeLab, in partnership with AARP, presented the fourth annual OMEGA scholarship awards to three accomplished young adults from New England. Sidonie Brown from Brookline High School in Brookline, Massachusetts, Brook Masse from Mount Greylock Regional High School in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and Jay Park from Newton South High School in Newton, Massachusetts, were each awarded a 2019 OMEGA scholarship.

Follow the Food - The crucial ingredient our diet lacks

June 06, 2019 • Articles
The origins of many items on our tables are unknown to the everyday consumer. However new technologies and traditional ways of farming are beginning to close this information gap between farmer and consumer. As a result demand from consumers for better information could transform our food system from the ground up. “That single package of ground beef can be coming from hundreds of different sources,” says Alexis Bateman, the director of the Responsible Supply Chain Lab at the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics. “In the seafood industry, there’s a lot of actual fraud…so people want to make sure it’s the right fish.” Recently, people have been realizing there is something lacking from their diets: quality information. 

Children on campus - stories heard, lessons learned (SCM Student Voices)

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.

Can We Live Longer but Stay Younger?

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.

In logistics, profitability, provability frame IoT adoption (external resource)

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.

MIT Agelab's Lifestyle Leaders Panel and the MBTA

February 06, 2019 • Press Releases

The 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.

MIT Supply Chain Management and AWESOME announce AWE Scholarship and Research Expo Winners

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.

Navigating the road to digital supply chain transformation

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?

In Good Company Challenge Announces Winners of 2018 Optimal Aging Challenge

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

Here’s what you need to know about the French fuel protests

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.

GM thinks layoffs will boost its bottom line. The reality is more complicated.

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.

Drug Delivery, Uncertainty, the Mom and Pop, and More - MIT CTL at INFORMS

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.

Why Define Success In Our Evolution Toward Self-Driving?

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.

MIT CTL's Bruce Arntzen Joins NESCON Hall of Fame for 2018

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.

The Green Lobby’s Misdirected Anger

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.

Lessons From the Auto Industry on Managing the Next Recession

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?

MIT Transit Lab Wins William W. Millar Award in Transportation Research

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.

MIT Humanitarian Response Lab - ALAN Award for Hurricane Relief

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.

Emirati Power Employees Gain Access to MicroMasters

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.

Profits v. Planet: Can Big Business and the Environment Get Along?

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.

Don’t Read Too Much Into the Straw Ban Fad

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.

Converting MicroMasters MOOC “Zombies” into “Learners” - Research Award

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).