Category Archives: Resilience

Delivering Safer Mail Systems

Delivering Safer Mail Systems

In October 2015, the Chinese government announced tighter security checks on courier services following a warehouse explosion and a series of deadly parcel-bomb blasts, reported the Wall Street Journal.[1] The measures introduced by the authorities included X-ray checks on all mail, inspections of packages before sealing the items, and new registration procedures for users ofRead More

Crossroads 2016: The Food Industry’s Visibility Challenge

Crossroads 2016: The Food Industry’s Visibility Challenge

  How does a leading food company such as General Mills improve the visibility of its supply chain? Joel LaFrance, Supply Chain Visibility Lead, General Mills, will explain at the Crossroads 2016 conference, March 23, 2016, at the MIT campus, Cambridge, MA. The full agenda for Crossroads 2016 is available on the event website. TheRead More

Crossroads 2016: New Ideas on Securing Food Supply Chains

Crossroads 2016: New Ideas on Securing Food Supply Chains

The global food industry is caught in a dilemma that many supply chain practitioners can relate to: how to improve the transparency of their supply chains at a time when risk mitigation resources are often inadequate. MIT CTL’s Crossroads 2016 conference, which will take place on March 23rd, 2016, at the MIT campus, Cambridge, MA,Read More

Stock Markets Have Followed Oil Prices Off a Cliff. What’s Going On?

Stock Markets Have Followed Oil Prices Off a Cliff. What’s Going On?

One of the mysteries of the stock market’s decline at the beginning of 2016 is why such a precipitous fall occurred at a time when economies are reaping the benefits of lower energy costs. As oil prices parachuted to depths not seen since the tech crash of the early 2000s, factories, transportation carriers, and consumersRead More

How Do We Certify the Certifiers?

How Do We Certify the Certifiers?

An important challenge facing companies today is how to engender trust in the products they sell, and having gained buyers’ trust, how to keep it through thick and thin. There are four categories of attributes that consumers care about. The first and simplest is search attributes[i] such as a product’s weight, color, or price. “Search”Read More