Category Archives: Transportation

Logistics Emissions Move Into the Climate Spotlight

Logistics Emissions Move Into the Climate Spotlight

Transportation is the second biggest global emitter of greenhouse gases (GHG), yet the logistics sector is often left out of the climate conversation. The 23rd Conference of Parties (COP23), a major annual forum for climate policy dialogue, recently moved transportation into the spotlight, paving the way for more proactive emissions reductions measures. Suzanne Greene, managerRead More

A Framework for Driving Change in Urban Mobility

A Framework for Driving Change in Urban Mobility

Urban mobility architecture must undergo fundamental change in response to rapidly changing city landscapes. In our book Faster, Smarter, Greener – The Future of the Car and Urban Mobility (MIT Press, September 2017) * we proposed a framework for future passenger mobility which would be Connected, Heterogenous, Intelligent and Personalized (CHIP). Changes in mobility areRead More

Finding Synergies Through Synchronization

Finding Synergies Through Synchronization

Traditionally, production and transportation planning processes are managed separately in most companies. A shipment of products from a plant to a warehouse typically entails three activities: order, plan, and ship. Once orders are received from customers, a load plan is initiated. The load planning process involves building a truckload of SKUs to be shipped. ARead More

Compartmentalized Trucks Cut the Cost of Grocery Distribution

Compartmentalized Trucks Cut the Cost of Grocery Distribution

Groceries need to be stored and transported at different temperatures depending on the nature of each product – so why not rationalize the distribution of these items by accommodating different temperature zones in the same truck? This is the basic rationale of multi-compartment vehicle (MCV) distribution, which is gaining ground in Europe. But adding complexityRead More

A Blockchain Model for LCL Operations

A Blockchain Model for LCL Operations

In Chinese ports, less than container load (LCL) business processes are complicated and inefficient. As container throughput volumes have risen in line with the growth in international trade and economic development, the need to improve LCL processes has become more urgent. The Malaysia Institute of Supply Chain Innovation (MISI) and Shanghai Jiaotong University are engagedRead More