Category Archives: Innovation

Capturing the Business Benefits of Student-Industry Collaboration

Capturing the Business Benefits of Student-Industry Collaboration

There are many ways in which companies can collaborate with supply chain research centers. One that we have found to be especially rewarding is collaborating on graduate program thesis research projects. Across the MIT Global SCALE Network, the MIT Center for Transportation &Logistics (MIT CTL), the Zaragoza Logistics Center (ZLC), the Malaysia Institute for SupplyRead More

A Slow Merge for Truck Automation

A Slow Merge for Truck Automation

It seems almost inevitable that automated trucks will be introduced to our roads at some point, but it will not happen in a single step and it will take time. The attractions are substantial. In some future end-state, driverless trucks will remove the cost of the human operator from the cab and allow the equipmentRead More

Turning Digital Disruption Into a Building Block for Change

Turning Digital Disruption Into a Building Block for Change

Digital disruption can represent a major threat to a company – or a golden opportunity to rebuild the enterprise. At MIT CTL’s Crossroads 2017 conference on April 4, 2017, Dr. Jeanne Ross, Director and Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Sloan School’s Center for Information and Systems Research, described how some companies are taking theRead More

How 3D Printing Could Bend the Cost Curve in Healthcare

How 3D Printing Could Bend the Cost Curve in Healthcare

Even as people around the globe enjoy longer, healthier and more productive lives, the rising cost of healthcare threatens to impede such progress. This is particularly troubling in the United States as Baby Boomers approaching retirement place a greater strain on an overburdened healthcare system. Policymakers and medical leaders are scrambling for innovative ways toRead More

Not Your Father’s High Street

Not Your Father’s High Street

What will retailing look like 10 years from now? Will Main Street and suburban shopping still exist? Recent announcements by household names such as Sears, Macy’s and J. C. Penney of mass store closures, and the unrelenting growth of e-commerce, do not augur well for the traditional shopping experience. But the death of bricks-and-mortar retailingRead More