Category Archives: Strategy

Does Lean Leveling Reduce Shipment Variability?

Does Lean Leveling Reduce Shipment Variability?

Supply chain professionals are often confronted with the challenge of managing highly volatile customer shipments resulting from the bullwhip effect. This volatility leads to supply chain-wide inefficiencies, high operational complexity, low service levels and substantial costs. Companies commonly try to compensate the risk of stock outs by carrying elevated levels of inventory and by payingRead 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

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