Why Define Success In Our Evolution Toward Self-Driving?

November 04, 2018
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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. Nevertheless, the California Department of Motor Vehicles’ approval of Waymo’s reques

Lessons From the Auto Industry on Managing the Next Recession

October 25, 2018
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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? Research carried out by Lima Zhao, Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management, Ningbo Supply Chain Innovation Institute China (NSCIIC) in collaboration with Arnd Huchzermeier, Chaired Professor of Production Management, WHU-Otto Beisheim Scho

The Green Lobby’s Misdirected Anger

October 29, 2018
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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. While the environmentalists’ efforts to combat climate change are laudable, their reactions to these developments are misdirected. The strategies for reducing emissions th

Emirati Power Employees Gain Access to MicroMasters

September 23, 2018
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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. The specialities for DEWA staff include Statistics & Data Sciences; Supply Chain Management; and Data, Economics & Development Policy. DEWA is providing

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

September 07, 2018
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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. Even today Nike is – fairly or unfairly – ranked low on lists of ethical companies. It has survived financially, but the reputation of the brand may never reco

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

Don’t Read Too Much Into the Straw Ban Fad

September 06, 2018
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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. The Walt Disney Company announced that it will eliminate single-use plastic straws and plastic stirrers at all owned and operated locations across the globe. American Airlines and Starbucks have introduced similar policies. The cities of Seattle and San Francisco have joined the rush to outlaw these widely used items. The p

Fresh MIT Perspective on Current State of 3PL Industry

September 04, 2018
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When the 3PL Value Creation North America Summit 2018 convenes in Chicago this October, shippers will hear from a diverse group of industry experts on how to drive the best deals with their lead providers in both the global and domestic arenas. As Armstrong & Associates ’ 6th annual summit gets underway this fall, the consultancy plans on helping shippers gain fresh insights on 3PL trends and forecasts. At the same time, shippers will be seeking advice on how to establish and sustain relationships of trust and mutual benefit. Dr. Chris Caplice , Executive Director, MIT Center for Transportatio

Guest Voices: Straw Man Solutions for Sustainable Supply Chains

August 22, 2018
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The Walt Disney Co. announced late last month it will eliminate single-use plastic straws and plastic stirrers at all owned and operated locations across the globe. Disney introduced the ban in response to concerns over the amount of waste plastic being dumped in the world’s oceans. The company described the decision as “another important step in our journey of environmental stewardship.” It’s a lofty statement, but I believe a more realistic assessment of the policy—and similar policies announced by other companies such as American Airlines and Starbucks Corp.—is that these enterprises are im