Optimizing a Distribution Network for Today and Tomorrow

Optimizing a Distribution Network for Today and Tomorrow

In their quest to meet a target for growth, companies often plan changes to their distribution networks to accommodate the anticipated increase in product volumes. But what happens if those changes frustrate future growth targets? A network optimization model built by MIT CTL Master of Supply Chain Management (SCM) program graduates Ann-Marie Chopyak and HaotianRead More

Optimizing a Distribution Network for Today and Tomorrow

Optimizing a Distribution Network for Today and Tomorrow

In their quest to meet a target for growth, companies often plan changes to their distribution networks to accommodate the anticipated increase in product volumes. But what happens if those changes frustrate future growth targets? A network optimization model built by MIT CTL Master of Supply Chain Management (SCM) program graduates Ann-Marie Chopyak and HaotianRead More

What Price Truck Driver Shortages?

What Price Truck Driver Shortages?

  A shortage of truck drivers has bedeviled the logistics industry for so long, that it’s difficult to imagine a time when filling driver vacancies was not a problem. What is also difficult to fathom is why simply paying these workers more is not a solution. Based on the economics of supply and demand –Read More

Robot Hands With a Human Touch

Robot Hands With a Human Touch

Assembly line robots are becoming more sophisticated but they are still in the Stone Age when it comes to the dexterity of their hands. Mechanical pincers and claws are no match for the deftness of the human hand. Now engineers at MIT have found a way to make industrial robots nimbler without the need forRead More

Lessons From the Ebola Front Line

Lessons From the Ebola Front Line

The dramatic fall in the number of Ebola cases in the three West African countries hit worst by the epidemic in 2014, appears to signal that the disease has been defeated. But the World Health Organization’s latest Ebola Situation Report warns that more cases are likely to appear. A supply chain designed to support the EbolaRead More

As Interest Rates Rise, So Will Supply Chain’s Financial Stock

As Interest Rates Rise, So Will Supply Chain’s Financial Stock

Guessing how markets will react when the widely expected hike in short-term interest rates occurs later this year is a popular game in the corporate and financial worlds. An implication that supply chain professionals might want to think about is how they will respond as the low-interest rate regime comes to an end, and companiesRead More