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    • Decoding the secret to faster drug production through simulation modeling 

      Tsai, Mimi L (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016)
      For many manufacturing facilities, process improvement efforts are a luxury when faced with heightened competitive pressures and a fast-paced work environment where fires are constantly being fought. This need for speed ...
    • Driving the New York State hop industry to meet demand 

      Stempel, Nathan D (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016)
      The craft brewing industry in New York State has grown rapidly over the past five years helped in part by New York State legislation called the Farm Brewery Act of 2012. The act imposes agricultural stipulations for breweries ...
    • E-Commerce drop shipping : building a CPG supply chain 

      Creyts, Christopher Alan; Weisskopf, Nora (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016)
      Manufacturers and retailers are increasingly interested in exploring different ways to optimize their fulfillment of e-Commerce orders. An approach that is often considered is drop-shipping, where the manufacturer takes ...
    • Effect of override size on forecast value add 

      Baker, Jeffrey A. (Jeffrey Arthur) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018)
      Business forecasting frequently combines quantitative time series techniques with qualitative expert opinion overrides to create a final consensus forecast. The objective of these overrides is to reduce forecast error, ...
    • The effect of supply chain visibility systems on business processes : a multi-case study analysis 

      Stanchik, Anna (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016)
      As supply chains become more global and complex, it increases the importance of end-to-end visibility into the material, information, and financial flows of a firm. This work covers various aspects of supply chain visibility ...
    • Effects and mitigation of natural hazards in retail networks 

      García Castillo, Jorge, M.Eng. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018)
      The number of natural hazards has been increasing over the last 10 years. Understanding the impact of natural hazards on retail networks is crucial to make effective planning against disruptions. We used daily sales and ...
    • Efficient supply chain design for highly-perishable foods 

      Khamsi, Cyril; Stolear, Veronica (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016)
      To be competitive, businesses must make supply network design decisions, but often with only limited information and under uncertain conditions. How can an organization understand trade-offs between supply network decisions, ...
    • Enhancing the customer service experience in call centers using preemptive solutions and queuing theory 

      Chu, Qiao, M. Eng. Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Palvia, Nisha (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
      The security alarms services market in the United States delivers hardware equipment and services to homeowners and businesses to help monitor and enhance personal property protection. Customer satisfaction via wait time ...
    • Forecasting international movements of Returnable Transport Items 

      Jacobs, Patrick A. (Patrick Allen); Walia, Rajdeep Singh (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
      Returnable Transport Items (RTI) are a critical component of domestic and international trade. The large variability in the geographic supply and demand of goods shipped using RTI impacts the items overall availability at ...
    • Forecasting short term trucking rates 

      Bai, Xiwen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018)
      Transportation costs constitute an important part of total logistics costs and have a dramatic impact on all kinds of decisions across the supply chain. Accurate estimation of transportation costs can help shippers make ...
    • A framework to evaluate interoperable data exchange models for Drug Supply Chain Security Act compliance 

      Chung, Peter Wontae; Zhang, Tao (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016)
      The United States has one of the safest drug supply chains in the world. However, its security is threatened by new challenges such as counterfeit, diverted, and illegally imported drugs. To counter the new challenges, the ...
    • Gaining an operational edge : piece-picking process optimization 

      Chen, Stephanie Hsuan-Chia; Han, Eunji (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016)
      Order-picking is an integral operation in warehouses and distribution centers (DC), consuming considerable operating resources and expenses. Numerous studies have attempted to optimize the efficiency and reduce the cost ...
    • A generalized framework for optimization with risk 

      Zipperer, Damaris R; Brown, Andrew N (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
      Supply chains are facing increasingly volatile environments. Traditional optimization solutions provide a baseline understanding for industry applications, but cost-efficient solutions require a more robust approach. In ...
    • How to assess supplier flexibility? 

      Bi, Peng, M. Eng. Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Kurup, Remya Pushpangatha (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016)
      The oil and gas industry is very volatile; it is characterized by unpredictable cycles of sharp rises and plunges in oil prices. This cyclical nature presents a huge challenge for companies that are operating in the industry. ...
    • How to integrate your production and logistics strategy : a new CLSP formulation for a CPG supply chain 

      Chua, Ian (Ian Hong Leong); Heyward, Thomas (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
      In manufacturing companies, production strategies prioritize maximizing line efficiency which favors large lot sizes and few setups. On the other hand, logistics strategies prioritize minimizing inventory costs which favors ...
    • Identifying inventory excess and service risk in medical devices : a simulation approach 

      Rey, Maria (Maria de los Santos); Xu, Xiaofan (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
      Medical devices companies struggle to balance between inventory and service performance, as the products are non-interchangeable and inventory investment is expensive. To find the right level of inventory, we first used ...
    • Impact of Drug Supply Chain Security Act on US pharmaceutical industry under decentralized information flow 

      Chang, Meng Ying, M. Eng. Massachusetts Institute of Technology./; Mohan, Raghavendran (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
      Drug counterfeiting is one of the major issues in the pharmaceutical industry across the world. These products could cause damages from ineffective treatments to death of patients. In order to fight against counterfeit ...
    • The impact of installed base and machine failure prediction on spare parts forecasting and inventory planning 

      Brocks, Michael Patrick; Trujillo Castañeda, Renzo Eliseo (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016)
      Recent advances in technological capability and economics have opened up a new world of capability known as the Internet of Things (IoT). The Internet of Things is the concept that all machines can be connected to the ...
    • Impact of regulation on trucking carrier prices and capacity 

      Law, Chan How (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016)
      This thesis analyzes the impact on prices and capacity of trucking industry due to the introduction of ELD mandate. This mandate requires truck drivers to record their working hours in a specified electronic device instead ...
    • Improving shipping contracts with the use of emerging technologies 

      Harshvardhan, M. Eng. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018)
      A set of contracts guides every movement of cargo from one point to another. In this thesis, we focus on the contract between the charterer and the ship-owner in the liquid bulk ocean-shipping market. The contracting process ...