31 March 2008 | Paul Snell
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has announced the creation of a global supply chain alliance to share knowledge and develop research.
The Global Supply Chain and Logistics Excellence (SCALE) Network will initially involve MIT, the Zaragoza Logistics Center (ZLC) in Spain and the Center for Latin-American Logistics Innovation in Bogotá, Colombia. There are also plans for the network to expand into Africa and Asia in the future.
Researchers, staff, students and associated companies from all three institutions will be able to pool expertise, collaborate on innovation projects and perform global research studies. Student exchange programmes will also take place.
"Today's supply chains stretch around the world and back again," said Yossi Sheffi, director of the MIT Centre for Transportation and Logistics. "The global SCALE network will provide that global context through research projects that will literally be taking place around the world."
The alliance builds on the previous five-year partnership between MIT and the ZLC.