September 18, 2014 • Articles

By Dr. Yossi Sheffi, LinkedIn Influencer

Since the launch of the Apple Watch with much fanfare this month, there’s been a lot of talk about how the device will carve out a viable niche in the consumer electronics market.

Another, potentially bigger picture talking point is how Apple’s latest gizmo has the potential to spur significant growth in the ecosystem of apps that surrounds mobile devices. The growth of this technology has major implications for product supply chains.

September 12, 2014 • Articles

By Hang Shi and Daniele Primavera, MIT SCM Class of 2014

Each point of sale (POS) in a retail supply chain generates a goldmine of demand data. The data can be used to drive upstream decisions, but the amount of time, effort, and cross-team collaboration needed often frustrates such applications.

The MIT CTL researchers developed models to show how a leading CPG manufacturer can use large volumes of POS data to improve supply chain performance.

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September 11, 2014 • Articles

By Dr. Edgar Blanco and Ken Cottrill

September 08, 2014 • Articles

Getting the experts and material into West Africa is difficult as many airlines have canceled flights to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Shipping Lines are refusing to dock at the countries' ports.

Dr. Jarrod Goentzel is interviewed by Jackie Northam for NPR's Morning Edition news segment.

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September 07, 2014 • Articles

“Relatively few” of companies’ announced “reshorings” of manufacturing to the US have actually gone ahead and the trend’s effect on employment has been a “drop in the bucket,” research by a Massachusetts Institute of Technology academic suggests.

The work, by Jim Rice, deputy director of MIT’s Center for Transportation and Logistics, throws into doubt expectations that the US economy might enjoy significant growth in manufacturing employment through job repatriation.

August 22, 2014 • Articles

With the crisis in Iraq, four countries are now experiencing severe humanitarian emergencies involving the displacement of millions of people, something experts and relief groups say hasn’t been seen in decades.

Iraq, Syria, the Central African Republic and South Sudan are all going through Level 3 emergencies, the United Nations’ highest classification of a humanitarian crisis.

August 19, 2014 • Articles

By Hiral Nisar and Joshua Rosenzweig, MIT SCM Class of 2014

August 14, 2014 • Articles

By Edgar E. Blanco

August 14, 2014 • Press Releases

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August 11, 2014 • Articles

Companies cut expenses and carbon when they ‘compete on the shelf and collaborate on the back of a truck’. But how to build the trust it needs to succeed?

When Ocean Spray opened a new distribution center in Lakeland, Florida in 2011, the facility’s proximity to a rail yard used by a competitor created a behind-the-scenes opportunity to work together.

August 11, 2014 • Articles

By Dr. Yossi Sheffi, LinkedIn Influencer

In 2012 Battushig Myanganbayar became one of 340 students to earn a perfect score in the sophomore-level MIT course Circuits and Electronics, reported the New York Times. What is remarkable about this – aside from the student’s exceptional grade – is that the 15-year-old boy was living in Mongolia at the time and was one of 150,000 students taking the course.

July 31, 2014 • Articles

By Dr. Roberto Perez-Franco

In early 2011, Lamynix, a leading manufacturer of specialty laminates, was approached by one of its major customers with an enticing contract. VideoFlat offered a premium price to buy a protective film that was twice as wide as the usual size for its new generation of high-end flat screen TVs and computer monitors. The catch: In order to be ready for the product launch, the new laminate had to be in production within 12 months.

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July 16, 2014 • Articles

By Brad Gilligan and Huiping Jin, MIT SCM Class of 2014

Products received from suppliers are not always available exactly when retail channels need them.  Items that arrive way too early clog up warehouse space while latecomers often incur expediting costs and lost sales. By tailoring transportation methods and distribution center processes to match the delivery speed required of each product, companies can reduce the cost of transportation, prevent excess inventory, and eliminate lost sales.

July 15, 2014 • Articles

By Dr. Yossi Sheffi, LinkedIn Influencer

The 2014 FIFA World Cup is finally over. If you’re not a soccer fan maybe you’re still wondering what all the fuss was about. But followers of the game (including myself) now have to wait four long years before the next tournament.

Until then, we can revel in the memories of what was one of the most entertaining competitions in recent decades. And we can draw some important lessons from this wonderful spectacle – including ones that are particularly relevant to supply chain leaders.

July 10, 2014 • Articles

By Chris Caplice and Shardul Phadnis

We know in the U.S. that the nation’s transportation infrastructure urgently needs investment. The same is true in many other parts of the world. Why aren’t more projects underway?

June 18, 2014 • Articles

A modern car isn’t the mechanical device many of today’s older drivers grew up with, said Joseph Coughlin, director of the AgeLab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and another participant in the driving forum. “It’s a piece of software,” he said.

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June 05, 2014 • Articles

Contract negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and U.S. West Coast waterfront employers are shining a light on the integrity of the U.S. ports system. If talks break down, import and export cargo flows will be at risk. One critical element missing from the debate is how to manage the risk of port disruptions and make these vital cargo-handling systems more resilient.

May 16, 2014 • Articles

MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics’ Dr. Yossi Sheffi discusses the difficulty of same day delivery from online retailers. He speaks on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg West.” 

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May 15, 2014 • Articles

By Ashley Dorna, Executive Vice President, Supply Chain and IT, Niagara Bottling, LLC, and Jim Rice, Deputy Director, MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics

You are grappling with age-old questions: What should my supply chain look like in the future? What new innovation can I apply to lower costs, increase service levels, and disrupt competitors?

May 01, 2014 • Articles

By Dr. Yossi Sheffi, LinkedIn Influencer

Recent reports that is testing its own truck network for the delivery of orders to consumers’ doorsteps surmise, not surprisingly, that the move represents a threat to parcel carriers such as FedEx and UPS.

As is often the case when complex competitive strategies hit the headlines, however, there may be more to this story than meets the eye.


April 14, 2014 • Articles

Community springs to action after the Philippines’ deadliest natural disaster

April 09, 2014 • Articles

By Chris Caplice & Francisco Jauffred

Can both levers be coordinated to create the right level of resilience despite unforeseen changes in the environment, such as lead time delays, demand fluctuations or network failures?

April 08, 2014 • Articles

According to Jim Rice, deputy director of the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics, folks in the industry are concerned that “a 20-fold increase in scanning will add enormous delays and costs, and those concerns have not been genuinely addressed yet.”

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March 20, 2014 • Articles

By María Jesús Sáenz, Program Director and Professor of Supply Chain Management for the MIT Global SCALE Network, and Luis Herrero, CIO and Supply Director for Leroy Merlin in Spain.

March 15, 2014 • Articles

By Dr. Yossi Sheffi, LinkedIn Influencer