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    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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, ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...