Category Archives: Sustainability

A Decision-Making Tool for Designing Reverse Logistics Networks

A Decision-Making Tool for Designing Reverse Logistics Networks

  The Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation (MISI) has initiated a research project to help enterprises design networks for reverse logistics operations that meet their organizational objectives. The project has three main goals: to identify the main factors that influence reverse channel network design decisions, to propose a framework for making these decisions, andRead More

Modular Refrigeration Units Could Reduce Cold Chain Costs in India

Modular Refrigeration Units Could Reduce Cold Chain Costs in India

A team of MIT and Harvard University students won the first-ever MIT Food and Agribusiness Innovation Prize this month for an idea to make India’s temperature-controlled supply chain for food — or cold chain — more affordable. The team, GoMango, is developing smart, modular, refrigerated shipping boxes that can be rented out individually to cut costsRead More

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