Category Archives: Sustainability

Are You Overlooking Last-Mile Logistics Solutions?

Are You Overlooking Last-Mile Logistics Solutions?

If companies can find better ways to navigate the last mile in traffic-clogged big cities, they will open up new business opportunities in a vast and growing market. The MIT Megacity Logistics Lab is collaborating with leading enterprises to redesign last-mile logistics. Meanwhile, companies may not know it, but they already have the tools neededRead More

When Vilifying Big Business Be Careful What You Ask For

When Vilifying Big Business Be Careful What You Ask For

In May 2008 Walmart announced that it would cease stocking non-concentrated detergents. The announcement underscored the retail giant’s scale and market power – and its exceptional ability to force a market to adopt a major change for the good. Previous attempts at persuading consumers to buy concentrated detergents had not met with much success. IntroducedRead More

Used Electronics: Recycling the Lessons Learned in Mature Markets

Used Electronics: Recycling the Lessons Learned in Mature Markets

Apple is developing a robot called Liam that disassembles used iPhones, and extracts materials such as platinum and silver for recycling. As the number of consumer electronic devices continues to proliferate, look for more innovative approaches to end-of-life (EOL) strategies for these products. Lisa Jackson, Apple’s Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, introducedRead More

New Supplier Strategies Revive Important Corporate Questions

New Supplier Strategies Revive Important Corporate Questions

Companies have been vertically integrating operations for many years to gain more control over the supply of key materials. Henry Ford’s ownership of rubber plantations and iron ore mines that provided raw materials for automobiles is a classic example. The strategy waned in popularity for a time as outsourcing gained favor in business circles, butRead More

Crossroads 2016: The Future of Package Delivery

Crossroads 2016: The Future of Package Delivery

A three-wheeled electric vehicle called the Persuasive Electric Vehicle (PEV) that can autonomously travel to pick up points in dense urban centers, is one of a fleet of innovative conveyances that could have a major impact on future logistics networks. A prototype of the PEV, which is being developed as a collaboration between MIT’s MediaRead More