Supply Chain & Procurement News

Malaysia Launches First Digital Free Trade Zone (DFTZ)


The Honourable Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Bin Tun Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia and Jack Ma, Founder and Executive Chairman of the Alibaba Group launched the first Digital Free Trade Zone in the world outside China on March 22, 2017. MISI was invited to be part of this launch by the Malaysia Digital Economy… Read more »

CSVN and P&G Collaboration Extends to Small Growers for Oil Palm Sustainability Initiative


The Center for Sustainable Value Networks (CSVN) at MISI will extend the ongoing work with P&G to trace and map the Palm Kernel Oil (PKO) Supply Chain from the downstream Oleo-Chemical Manufacturers to the Independent Small Holder Farmer (ISHF) through the dealers to Small Growers. This work builds on the revelation that while the dealers,… Read more »

MISI Hosts the First of MIT Global SCALE Network’s Series of Roundtables on Scenarios of Global Supply Chains


MISI successfully hosted the first of the six roundtables to be held at each center in the MIT Global SCALE Network to explore the implications of regulatory, social, and technological changes in the world on global and regional supply chains. A stellar group of 15 industry leaders from Malaysia, China, and Singapore gathered at MISI… Read more »

It Takes More Than Math to Design a Distribution Network


Distribution networks are the conduits that connect companies with their customers, so it is hardly surprising that the way these networks are designed has a critical impact on cost and customer service. Companies commonly use mathematical optimization models to arrive at the best network design, but this approach is flawed in one key respect —… Read more »

Cross-Functional Integration in an Engineer-to-Order Supply Chain


Engineering projects carried out in harsh environments require a reliable supply of spare parts. However, providing such a service is challenging when the demand for parts is intermittent and procurement practices lack cohesion. A thesis project completed by Sachin Shedge, a graduate of the MIT-Malaysia Master of Science in Supply Chain Management program, explored the… Read more »

A Change Responsive Approach to Designing Distribution Networks


It takes more than math to create the optimal design for a distribution network in emerging economies. External factors such as regional product demand, commercial real estate prices and transportation costs can change markedly over the three- to five-year planning horizon that is common for such projects. To arrive at the most efficient network design,… Read more »

Uber, Taxis and Transformations


The mobility revolution can serve societal goals better by aligning to local needs and urban planning requirements The past two decades have seen the face of telecommunication change beyond recognition. In the next two decades, we predict that mobility will likewise see transformation to a new avatar that will bear little resemblance to what we… Read more »

Improving Traceability for Better Supply Chain Performance


Many companies are striving to improve supply chain traceability in response to increasing demand from customers and government regulators for more information on product flows. But the ability to accurately track the movement of products also helps companies to raise the efficiency of supply chains. Researchers at the Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation (MISI),… Read more »

A Decision-Making Tool for Designing Reverse Logistics Networks


The Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation (MISI) has initiated a research project to help enterprises design networks for reverse logistics operations that meet their organizational objectives. The project has three main goals: to identify the main factors that influence reverse channel network design decisions, to propose a framework for making these decisions, and to… Read more »

Paying Suppliers Faster Stimulates Economic Growth

In July 2014, US President Obama launched the SupplierPay Initiative in the USA. In a nutshell, the objective of the program is to have large companies pay their suppliers faster than the usual 30-90 day payment terms. This would free up supplier working capital and thereby enable these small and medium enterprises to reinvest this capital boosting the economy and job growth. Small businesses create about 60 percent of net new American jobs and therefore play a large role in stimulating job growth.