The Unlikely Success of Nanostore Retailing

The Unlikely Success of Nanostore Retailing

Millions of small, family-operated retailers known as nanostores are the main source of consumer packaged goods (CPG) for many consumers in Africa, Asia and Latin America. These mom-and-pop outlets have thrived by offering affordability as well as the right mix of items and convenience, and by gaining the trust of their customers. At the sameRead More

The Unlikely Success of Nanostore Retailing

The Unlikely Success of Nanostore Retailing

Millions of small, family-operated retailers known as nanostores are the main source of consumer packaged goods (CPG) for many consumers in Africa, Asia and Latin America. These mom-and-pop outlets have thrived by offering affordability as well as the right mix of items and convenience, and by gaining the trust of their customers. At the sameRead More

Drones Connect with RFID to Catalog Inventory

Drones Connect with RFID to Catalog Inventory

Mismatches between inventory records and stock have long plagued the retail industry. A system being developed by the MIT Media Lab that uses an aerial drone to read radio frequency identification (RFID) tags on product packaging, could provide one solution to this perennial problem. Dubbed RFly, the system could also help to integrate warehouses andRead More

3 Types of Risk That Will Impact Supply Chains in 2018

3 Types of Risk That Will Impact Supply Chains in 2018

As we head into 2018, what potential disruptions do supply chains face and how can companies manage these risks over the coming year? It’s impossible to know for sure how supply chains will be disrupted in 2018, but we can prepare for the worst by learning from the past. Disruptive events that occurred over theRead More

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