THE LEADING EDGE
The humble cross-dock has been transformed into a lifesaver in Africa following research supported by the MIT-Zaragoza International Logistics Program to improve the efficiency of pharmaceutical supply chains.
Supply chains are becoming greener, but the industry needs a much broader view of the sustainability spectrum, according to speakers at the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics’ recent Crossroads conference.
What does micro-fabrication technology have to do with freight movements? We don’t know yet, but the Future Freight Flows project at the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics is developing ways to help industry and government expect the unexpected when planning large-scale infrastructure projects.
When international cement manufacturer Argos realized that it had drifted away from a growth market in Colombia, it changed course by building a supply chain that connected the company to its customers. Argos explained its strategy at LOGyCA’s Leaders Summit this May.
Researchers at the Center for Latin-American Logistics Innovation are mapping ways to develop efficient supply chains in emerging markets. One pioneer, the multinational food company Nestlé, has already made inroads in Mexico with a supply chain for mom-and-pop retailers.
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MIT SUPPLY CHAIN FRONTIERS Issue # 37, June 2010