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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 ...
    • Achieving Sustainable Growth at Uber Freight 

      Raman Grubbs, Elizabeth; Shathi, Sadia Rahman (2020-08-06)
      The freight industry creates 8% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions through shipping. If companies measure precisely, they can begin the benchmarking process toward improvement. The Global Logistics Emission Council ...
    • 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 ...
    • Application of Linear Models, Random Forest, and Gradient Boosting Methods to Identify Key Factors and Predict Truck Dwell Time for a Global 3PL Company 

      Benjatanont, Sireethorn; Tantuico, Dylan (2020-07-24)
      Driver dwell time is an important challenge the U.S trucking industry faces. High, unplanned dwell times are costly to all stakeholders in the industry as they result in detention costs, declining performance and decreased ...
    • 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 ...
    • Assessing the State of Supply Chain Sustainability 

      Barrington, Ashley; Allegue Lara, Laura (2020-07-24)
      Supply chain sustainability has increased in importance for companies of all sizes, public and private, across a wide range of industries. While there has been increased excitement in tandem with proclamations of lofty ...
    • 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 ...
    • Building Sustainable Supply Chains in the Era of e-Commerce 

      Gatmaitan, Christian; Yangali Del Pozo, Lisha (2020-07-24)
      Consumer preferences are driving changes within the retail space. E-Commerce is growing rapidly and there are increased pressures on companies to be environmentally friendly, yet still cost-competitive. Therefore, it is ...
    • 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 ...