Category Archives: Strategy

Picking the Right Supply Chain Design for a Growing Food Business

Picking the Right Supply Chain Design for a Growing Food Business

Designing supply routes during periods of rapid growth when market conditions can change rapidly can be a major challenge for retailers. SCM program graduates Cyril Khamsi and Veronica Stolear developed a model for evaluating the cost trade-offs between multiple supply network designs under a variety of business scenarios. The research was carried out in collaborationRead More

Engineering spare parts supply chains for harsh environments

Engineering spare parts supply chains for harsh environments

Engineering projects carried out in harsh environments require a reliable supply of spare parts. However, providing such a service is challenging when the demand for parts is intermittent and procurement practices lack cohesion. A thesis project completed by Sachin Shedge, a graduate of the MIT-Malaysia Master of Science in Supply Chain Management program, explored theRead More

How Will Materials Science and Digital Disruption Reshape Supply Chains?

How Will Materials Science and Digital Disruption Reshape Supply Chains?

Markus Buehler, head of the Department of Civil Engineering and the McAfee Professor of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will give a talk on new developments in materials science at Crossroads 2017, the supply chain industry’s leading annual forum for innovative ideas. Developments in materials technology can have a profound impact on theRead More

Retail’s Phantom Inventory Menace, or the Ghosts of Christmas Present

Retail’s Phantom Inventory Menace, or the Ghosts of Christmas Present

Even with today’s sophisticated inventory management systems, retailers are woefully unaware of just how low on-shelf availability is for many of the products they carry. Our research, carried out in collaboration with a major consumer goods manufacturer, suggests the problem is significantly worse and costlier than many retailers assume. The culprit is “phantom inventory”—goods thatRead More

Improving Traceability for Better Supply Chain Performance

Improving Traceability for Better Supply Chain Performance

Many companies are striving to improve supply chain traceability in response to increasing demand from customers and government regulators for more information on product flows. The ability to accurately track the movement of products also helps companies to raise the efficiency of supply chains. Researchers at the Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation (MISI), ShahRead More