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    • Obsolescence reduction through product segmentation 

      Rajan, Ranjani; Wang, Ying (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016)
      The Hershey Company faces a risk of obsolescence across its supply chain as it follows the First In First Out (FIFO) technique at its manufacturing plant distribution center instead of distributing goods based on either ...
    • Optimal inventory model for managing demand-supply mismatches for perishables with stochastic supply 

      lyer Nurani, Vishwanathan Parameshwaran. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2019)
      While festivals bring a reason to cheer for everyone, businesses dealing with a spike in demand for perishables may have to live with the misery of lost sales and/or expired items. In the case of the dairy industry that ...
    • Palm oil traceability : blockchain meets supply chain 

      Hirbli, Toufic (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018)
      There is a current lack of visibility in the transfer of goods from farmers to oil mills, to manufacturers, to retail outlets and finally to the consumer in the palm oil industry. While leading brands have pledged to commit ...
    • Parameters driving consumer demand in Brazil 

      Rajendran, Krishna (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016)
      What are the key store related parameters that drive sales for large retail chains? This question has become increasingly important to Lojas Americanas, the sponsor company. In the last few years, the company has expanded ...
    • Planning for a "sudden-death" inventory loss triggered by international tax competition 

      Zamcheck, Abraham Moses (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016)
      This study addresses a medical device company's need to relicense its products for export after declaring a new legal manufacturer. New license applications are approved at an unknown date with increasing probability within ...
    • Predicting on-time delivery in the trucking industry 

      Duarte Alcoba, Rafael; Ohlund, Kenneth W (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
      On-time delivery is a key metric in the trucking segment of the transportation industry. If on-time delivery can be predicted, more effective resource allocation can be achieved. This research focuses on building a predictive ...
    • Prioritizing inbound transportation 

      Rassey, Richard Koury; Zheng, Yong (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016)
      Retailers must coordinate inbound shipments from a large number of vendors. In order to manage capacity, retailers need to have a system to prioritize inbound loads with capacitated carriers. This practice creates a ...
    • Product promotion effectiveness : root causes of stock-outs 

      Nigam, Alankrita (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016)
      The unpredictable demand pattern during promotions leads to lost sales incurred due to frequent stock-outs, affecting the revenue and the brand of both the manufacturer and the retailer. The research focuses on finding out ...
    • Quantifying and visualizing risk in the garment manufacturing supply chain 

      Braud, Jason Alexander, 1984-; Gong, Siqi (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016)
      Supply chains are exposed to a variety of risks as they become more complex and geographically diverse. Disruptions due to these risks can be costly. Companies cannot hope to mitigate all of their supply chain risks. In ...
    • Quantifying the impact of digitalization on manufacturing supply chain management (SCM) in a power generation company 

      Gisbrecht, Paulina (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018)
      Industrial digitalization concepts such as Industry 4.0 or Smart Manufacturing are currently of great interest in academia and among industrial players. These concepts are expected to boost companies' manufacturing supply ...
    • Raw material inventory strategy for make-to-order manufacturing 

      Chandra, Vikash, M. Eng. Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Tulley, Michael (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016)
      What is the appropriate raw material inventory strategy for a make-to-order manufacturing company? As companies grow in size and the business environment changes over time, many companies adapt their operating policies to ...
    • Reducing shipment variability through lean leveling 

      Botero Aristizabal, Melissa; Brenninkmeijer, Fabian (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
      High volatility in order patterns leads to supply chain wide inefficiencies and high operational costs. This issue is particularly common in the consumer goods industry due to large numbers of SKUs under management and ...
    • Serialization of prescription drugs in the USA : a centralized view 

      Nabiyeva, Aisha; Wu, David Z. Y (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
      This thesis explores the impact of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) on various stakeholders in the pharmaceutical supply chain. Specific attention has been dedicated to the impact on manufacturers and ...
    • Simulated annealing algorithm for customer-centric location routing problem 

      Sohn, Eugene (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018)
      In today's world, the e-commerce market is growing rapidly and becoming more competitive. While many players in the industry are attempting to get their share of pie, consumers are demanding faster deliveries and free ...
    • SKU stratification methods in the consumer products industry 

      Jiang, Jiaxin, M. Eng. Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Steverson, Andrew (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
      For companies with a large number of Stock Keeping Units (SKUs), it is extremely challenging, if not impossible, to manage the SKUs individually. Therefore, companies stratify SKUs into different classes and manage them ...
    • A state-level capacity utilization analysis of the U.S. natural gas transmission pipeline system and risk management for a gas-fueled nation 

      Sittler, Lauren E. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018)
      The U.S. energy portfolio is set to undergo drastic change in the coming decades. Policies to reduce emissions combined with growing demand for energy will test existing infrastructure. Large reserves of shale gas provide ...
    • A study of freight performance and carrier strategy 

      Bleggi, Caroline C; Zhou, Frederick (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
      This research analyzed freight performance to determine the groupings of attributes that influence carrier performance. Binary logistic regression and hierarchical clustering were used to identify individual and groupings ...
    • Toward effective common operating policies for medical items in ongoing humanitarian operations : the science and art of segmentation : a case study 

      Turner, Brent (Brent Jason) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018)
      Ongoing humanitarian operations can suffer from the lack of medical item availability. The central problem thus becomes how to ensure the right item in the right place at the right time while maintaining appropriate costs. ...
    • The traveling salesman problem with multiple drones : an optimization model for last-mile delivery 

      Yoon, Justin J (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018)
      With the increasingly competitive landscape of e-commerce and omni-channel delivery execution, the last mile has emerged as a critical source of opportunity for cost efficiency. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have ...
    • Unlocking value in healthcare delivery channels 

      Zhang, Qi, M. Eng. Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Zhang, Muching (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
      Pharmaceutical supply chains are strictly regulated and work within unique constraints. Traditionally, innovator companies that are manufacturing the product have no direct interaction with the end users (treatment sites ...