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    • The $100 question: Supply chain priorities for small firms 

      Pereira Nunes, Rafaela; Paulino, Ramón (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018)
      A large majority of companies in Latin America are micro or small firms, making them an important part of the region’s economy. These firms are a relevant source of jobs, but a lack of managerial skills and resources ...
    • 3D Printing’s Impact on the Metalworking Industry 

      Ingberman, Aline Blanche Grynbaum; Assavaniwej, Sittipat (2018)
      This project qualitatively estimates the potential impact of 3D printing on the United States metalworking industry. The adoption rate of 3D printing has been increasing in the last few years. On one side are businesses ...
    • Aggregate Production Planning for Engineer-to-Order Products 

      Cheng, Cheng; Shafir, Elizaveta (2019)
      The contract manufacturing industry is growing and shifting from standard products to highly customized engineer-to-order (ETO) products. Different from standard products, ETO orders have more production process uncertainties ...
    • Alternate Pricing Model for Transportation Contracts 

      Sinha, Atmaja; Thykandi, Rakesh (2019)
      Transportation spend is an increasingly relevant topic of concern for all manufacturing companies. Along with the money spent on transporting goods, service betterment has become an everyday expectation. In a tight market, ...
    • Analysis of inefficiencies in shipment data handling 

      Prasad, Rohini, S.M. Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Malaj, Gerta (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
      Supply chain visibility is critical for businesses to manage their operational risks. Availability of high quality and timely data regarding shipments is a precursor for supply chain visibility. This thesis analyses the ...
    • Analytics Driving Supply Chain Segmentation for Lenovo 

      Gosling, Luiz; Urrutia, Javier (2019)
      Although segmentation strategies and their benefits are common topics in the academic literature, two realities contrast in the realm of supply chain management: While a vast number of companies still perceive operations ...
    • Analyzing tradeoffs between working capital and production capacity for multi-stage manufacturing processes 

      Kamareddine, Karim; Yao, Yihong (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016)
      Large pharmaceutical companies struggle to find innovative ways to reduce work-in-process inventory in their production facilities. In our research, we focus on the tradeoff between inventory and production capacity through ...
    • Analyzing Upstream Impact on Downstream Shelf-Availability 

      Li, Xu (2018)
      On-shelf availability (OSA) is key in the Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) industry. In this project, out of stock (OOS) patterns are identified, grouped, and analyzed in order to gain meaningful insights to improve OSA. The ...
    • Apeel Sciences: Lot Traceability of a Breakthrough in Food Science Technology 

      Miller, Ronald Russell; Taylor, Hilary (2018)
      Apeel Sciences has made it their mission to help eliminate food waste. To do so, they are introducing their exciting new product, EdipeelTM, to market. Edipeel is an edible, natural, flavorless coating that, when applied ...
    • Applying human-machine interaction design principles to retrofit existing automated freight planning systems 

      Ravenel, John Bishop. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2019)
      With the increased application of cognitive computing across the spectrum of industries, companies strive to ready their people and machines for future system change. Based on resource constraints, business needs, and the ...
    • Assessing Feasibility of the Delivery Drone 

      Butcher, Blane; Lim, Kok (2019)
      Service level growth is hindered by declining activity from customers needing access to physical assets stored by the sponsor company. The delivery drone presents a viable option to support the initiative of maintaining ...
    • Balancing product flow and synchronizing transportation 

      Andleigh, Priya; Bullock, Jeffrey Scott (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
      Traditionally, production and transportation planning processes are managed separately in organizations. In such arrangements, order processing, load planning, and transportation scheduling are often done sequentially, ...
    • Behavioral Management Patterns: Small Firms’ Recipe for Growth 

      Chacra, Fadi; Rocha, Joshua (2019)
      More than 99% of the companies in the world are micro, small, or medium size enterprises and account for ~70% of the jobs, on average, in OECD countries. However, due to a lack of productivity, among other factors, only a ...
    • Beyond the Seaport: Assessing the Inland Container Transport Chain Using System Dynamics 

      Toukan, Mamoun; Chan, Hoi Ling (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018)
      The significance of seaports in enabling global trade and impacting global supply chains require them to operate efficiently. Due to the required interactions, seaports are not only affected by their operations, but by ...
    • Capacity management and make-vs.-buy decisions/ 

      Nidhi, Akansha; Riad, Fady (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
      The oil and gas industry is characterized by unpredictable boom and busts cycles. Companies must manage capacity to be able to quickly meet increasing demand during boom cycles and survive when oil prices go down. During ...
    • Capacity planning under demand and manufacturing uncertainty for biologics 

      Luo, Sifo (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
      Due to the long lead times and complexity in drug development and approval processes, pharmaceutical companies use long range planning to plan their production for the next 10 years. Capacity planning is largely driven by ...
    • Combinatorial Reverse Auctions in Construction Procurement 

      Al Shaqsi, Salim (2018)
      Construction procurement often involves negotiations between many parties over multitudes of components. The process of allocating contracts to suppliers is generally a complex process involving multiple decision makers ...
    • Comparative Evaluation of Drone Delivery Systems in Last-Mile Delivery 

      Garcia, Oriol; Santoso, Antonius (2019)
      With the latest technological advancement, the use of drones has emerged as an innovative and viable business solution for last-mile distribution. An efficient drone delivery system has to address the classic vehicle routing ...
    • Comparison and Financial Assessment of Demand Forecasting Methodologies for Seasonal CPGs 

      Gundogdu, Burak; Maloney, Jeffrey (2019)
      Forecast accuracy is an ongoing challenge for made-to-stock companies. For highly seasonal fast-moving consumer packaged goods (CPGs) companies like King’s Hawaiian, an improved forecast accuracy can have significant ...
    • Cost-benefit analysis of a blockchain-based supply chain finance solution 

      Panuparb, Patara. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2019)
      During the past few years, blockchain technology has shown great potential to disrupt existing supply chain finance solutions, as it could increase the efficiency of invoice processing and provide a more transparent and ...