Your coronavirus grocery questions, answered by experts

March 30, 2020 • In the Media

“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 • In the Media

“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 • In the Media

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 • In the Media

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 • In the Media

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 19, 2020 • In the Media

Prof. Yossi Sheffi. Companies shifting into survival mode should think now about how to build the healthiest business outcome. 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.

6 steps to handle supply chain disruption

March 17, 2020 • In the Media

But it is inaccurate to compare the coronavirus to these other events, said MIT professor Yossi Sheffi, director of the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics, during a March 16 webinar. COVID-19 is affecting both supply and demand. And today China, where the pandemic started and factories have been affected for weeks, plays a much bigger part in the global economy than it did during past disasters.

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

March 15, 2020 • In the Media

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 • In the Media

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.

MIT Prof.: Coronavirus Will Hit Economy 'Like a Bullwhip'

March 12, 2020 • In the Media

Now that many employers, schools, and governments are instituting "social distancing" to try and slow the spread of the coronavirus, the disruption to supply chains is likely to get much worse before it gets better, said Yossi Sheffi, director of the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics. The initial impact of the outbreak on businesses, he said, seemed to be limited to the supply side: factories shut down, manufacturers couldn't get parts, there weren't enough boats and planes to move products around the globe. Now, it's also a demand problem.

A Coronavirus (COVID-19) Briefing with MIT

March 11, 2020 • News

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 • In the Media

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 • News

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

Chinese port calls trend toward normalcy

March 04, 2020 • In the Media

Manufacturers in the U.S. have also cited delays, longer lead times, lack of supplier visibility and difficulty sourcing parts as a result of the outbreak. But factories on in North America could see a bigger impact in one to three weeks, according to Yossi Sheffi, director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Center for Transportation and Logistics.

"It takes about six weeks on the ocean to get to the United States," Sheffi said in an interview with Supply Chain Dive. "So the reduction in shipment from Chinese factories is just getting ready to hit the U.S."

Prepare Your Supply Chain for Coronavirus

February 27, 2020 • In the Media

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 • In the Media

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 • In the Media

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.

How the Coronavirus can Affect Global Supply and Demand

February 14, 2020 • In the Media

Yossi Sheffi, director of MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics, joins “Squawk Alley” to discuss how the coronavirus outbreak could hurt global business.

Yossi first published a survey asking his network to share their strategy for the coronavirus outbreak, on January 31st. Since then the number of affected has increased eight-fold. Today Yossi spoke briefly with CNBC about the supply chain effects this is having and could have. We continue to monitor this disruption and would like to know how you are changing your strategy today as it develops. 

Early Responses to the Coronavirus Crisis

January 31, 2020 • Blogs

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.

Strengthening Post-Hurricane Supply Chain Resilience

January 09, 2020 • Press Releases

Resilient supply chains are crucial to maintaining the consistent delivery of goods and services to the American people. The modern economy has made supply chains more interconnected than ever, while also expanding both their range and fragility. In the third quarter of 2017, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria revealed some significant vulnerabilities in the national and regional supply chains of Texas, Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

MIT education leaders honored with QS Reimagine Education Awards

December 20, 2019 • News
Education leaders at MIT have received a pair of Silver Awards and a Bronze Award at the QS Reimagine Education Awards, an international conference on education held annually in December. Chris Caplice (left), director of the MicroMasters Program i

Factory-Built Houses an Undervalued and Underused Solution for America’s Disaster and Affordable Housing Crisis

October 29, 2019 • Press Releases

Report details urgent need to reform policies on factory-built housing

Constructing factory-built houses could provide a fast, relatively cheap solution to the critical challenges of disaster and affordable housing in the US, but regulatory and funding issues severely limit its deployment according to a report titled Disaster Housing Construction Challenges in America from the MIT Humanitarian Supply Chain Lab.

State of Supply Chain Sustainability Report

October 08, 2019 • Press Releases
The MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) have teamed up to launch the annual State of Sustainable Supply Chains Report that will help companies gain a better understanding of the importance of supply chain sustainability to their enterprises, industries, and the planet. Full report will be released July 1st, 2020.

MIT expands global supply chain research with the opening of new facilities in Ningbo, China

September 27, 2019 • Press Releases
Incoming director Jay Guo commits to educating individuals and supporting industry at the Supply Chain Innovation Institute The Ningbo Supply Chain Innovation Institute China (NSCIIC) has strengthened its role as China's premier center for supply chain research and education with the appointment of Dr. Jiequn “Jay” Guo as center director and the opening of new facilities at its Meishan campus near the port of Ningbo, Zhejiang, China.

Uninfected patients key to improving Ebola response

September 16, 2019 • News
A new methodology developed by the Humanitarian Supply Chain Lab may be used to respond to other endemic diseases. Research on the logistics of responding to Ebola outbreaks has revealed that an often-overlooked, but critical, factor in resource deployment to treat victims of the disease is how many of the people in treatment centers are Ebola-negative.