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The electronic newsletter of the MIT Global SCALE Network Issue #62 THE LEADING EDGE Subscribe to Frontiers 13 universities adopt MicroMasters and launch 18 new programs via edX The ground-breaking MicroMasters program launched by the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics a year ago is entering a new phase. The...

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

October 05, 2018
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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. The research carried out jointly with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) resulted in a more customer-focused policy that included an MB

Bryan Reimer Gives TEDx Talk on Future of Autonomous Vehicles

August 03, 2018
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MIT AgeLab Research Scientist Bryan Reimer spoke at a TEDx event in Waltham, MA about the challenges ahead for making vehicles safer and what solutions are most sensible. Road traffic injuries are the 8th-leading cause of death worldwide. Over 1.25 million fatalities and 50 million non-fatal injuries occur per year globally. By many measures, traffic accidents represent a vastly undertreated public health crisis. Are autonomous vehicles the answer? Driver error has been pinpointed as the major cause of traffic accidents. The most highly touted solution to the problem has been to develop automa
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The growing trend of e-commerce has led to new ways of selling and delivering products, resulting in increasing scale and complexity of last mile home delivery. The drive to provide convenience to consumers has led companies to offer faster delivery times. As a result, companies have focused on facility location,...
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In response to increasing urbanization, China seeks alternative public transportation methods, such as bike- sharing, which has demonstrated social and environmental benefits. As a result, the number of bike-sharing programs has grown rapidly over the last five years in China. Our sponsoring company TalkingData collects bike-sharing usage data via smartphones...

The Last Mile:  How Data Analytics In The Cloud Is Improving Parcel Delivery

January 03, 2017
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UPS is the largest delivery company on the planet, flying more than 500 jets in a mission to serve a customer base that topped 8 million last year. Operating at a similar scale is the U.S. Postal Service, which delivered 154 billion pieces of mail in 2015 using 215,000 vehicles. At that scale, the postal service is one of the largest civilian fleets in the world. Despite the enormity of their infrastructures and logistical smarts, UPS and the Postal Service haven’t been able to overcome one long-standing obstacle: the last mile from distribution center to doorstep. While virtually every other

Small Firm Supply Chains in Latin America the Focus of New SCALE Study

October 27, 2016
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Why is it that most of the micro and small firms that represent 99% of the businesses operating in Latin America survive for less than a year? One of the main reasons is a lack of supply chain expertise – an issue that has received scant attention from researchers up until now. This knowledge gap is being addressed by a new research project from the MIT Global SCALE Network , that involves on-site research at some 500 enterprises across Latin America in collaboration with at least 14 of the region’s top universities. For the purposes of the project, micro and small firms are defined as those t
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Multi-stop truckload has been gaining importance in recent years as part of a shift away from Less-than-truckload freight. In our research, we sought to understand how the price and carrier behavior vary as the number of stops increases. Rational economic theory says that these shipments will be more expensive, and...
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The company sponsoring our project is a leading chemical manufacturer, supplying a wide range of products on a global scale. One of the most interesting lines of business the company operates is to supply specialty chemicals in faraway places on few weeks’ notice. The nature of these supply chains is...

Innovations in Transportation: Impact of New Technologies

October 06,2016 8:00AM
October 06,2016 5:00PM

MIT Morris and Sophie Chang Building 
50 Memorial Drive
6th Floor Samberg Conference Center
Cambridge, MA 02142

This highly interactive event will feature participants from the shipper, carrier, broker, and technology perspectives.  The goal is to identify and better understand current and pending innovations that may potentially disrupt the freight transportation industry - especially the North American Trucking market.