MIT Researchers Respond to Hurricanes Irma and Maria

MIT Researchers Respond to Hurricanes Irma and Maria

As Hurricane Irma approached the Caribbean, public and private supply chains already affected and stretched thin by Hurricane Harvey had to ramp up again. Coordination was even more critical in order to leverage all available logistics capacity in meeting human needs. MIT’s Humanitarian Response Lab joined the effort, operating from the Federal Emergency Management AgencyRead More

Blockchain’s Garbage In, Garbage Out Challenge

Blockchain’s Garbage In, Garbage Out Challenge

Any information system is only as good as the quality of its data; the well-known garbage in, garbage out conundrum. Blockchains are distributed ledgers that are subject to this principle, but more so than conventional systems since the entries are supposed to be unalterable. Is data integrity the Achilles Heel of blockchain technology, especially inRead More

Packaging Changes Can Improve Food Assistance Delivery, Study Finds

Packaging Changes Can Improve Food Assistance Delivery, Study Finds

A study carried out by a team from the Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation (CITE) program, found that changing the type of packaging used in food assistance programs can reduce spoilage, cut costs, and improve the delivery of life-saving shipments. CITE is the first program dedicated to developing methods for product evaluation in global development.Read More

Harvey and Irma Delivered Some Harsh Planning Lessons

Harvey and Irma Delivered Some Harsh Planning Lessons

Devastating hurricanes such as Katrina, Sandy and now Harvey and Irma are forces of nature that can’t be stopped by us mere mortals. But we can at least stop intensifying their impact through a lack of foresight. Our hearts go out to the citizens of Houston and Florida as they continue to dig out fromRead More

Finding Synergies Through Synchronization

Finding Synergies Through Synchronization

Traditionally, production and transportation planning processes are managed separately in most companies. A shipment of products from a plant to a warehouse typically entails three activities: order, plan, and ship. Once orders are received from customers, a load plan is initiated. The load planning process involves building a truckload of SKUs to be shipped. ARead More