Infor donates Network Design software for green supply chain research

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MIT-CTL, recognised as an international leader in supply chain education and research, will use Infor SCM Network Design in its research on supply chain design, including how to measure and reduce carbon emissions.

MITs Center for Transportation & Logistics is part of the Engineering Systems Division in the School of Engineering and contributes to the understanding of supply chain network planning, operations and management. MITs Center works with the private sector, industry groups and government on supply chain modeling, planning and operations, technology, and policy analysis. The Center offers a Masters of Engineering in Logistics, and has more than fifty affiliated faculty and staff coordinating hundreds of research projects. Earlier this year it launched the SCALE (Supply Chain & Logistics Excellence) Network, an international alliance of research centres that spans Europe, Latin America and the United States.

Organisations seek more efficient and sustainable supply chains to promote their environmental stewardship and to offset rising fuel costs. Our research goals include understanding how to measure carbon as a variable in the supply chain as well as identifying practices that improve overall efficiency in supply chain design, said Dr. Edgar Blanco, research director, Carbon-efficient Supply Chains Project, MI-CTL. Technology will play a pivotal role in helping us achieve sustainable supply chains, and we expect Infor SCM Network Design to contribute to our research and curriculum in this area.

Infor SCM Network Design is utilised by leading retailers, manufacturers, distributors and third-party logistics providers to model their supply chains to maximise efficiencies in costs, customer service and carbon impact. As supply chains become larger and more complex, organisations must continually evaluate their supply chains based on their strategic goals, as well as tune their designs for dynamic events, such as rapidly fluctuating fuel costs. Infor SCM Network Design allows companies to holistically factor sustainability criteria, such as carbon emissions related to nodes, including plants, warehouses and stores, as well as transport modes like rail, air, trucking, and ocean freight into their supply chain decisions.

Infor SCM Network Design is used as a research and learning tool by more than a dozen other universities around the world. For more information on Infor SCM Network Design, visit http://snipr.com/networkdesign.

To learn more about the role of network design in implementing a sustainable supply chain, download the report from Aberdeen Group, Supply Chain Network Design: Architecting a Green Future, at http://snipr.com/top5report.


About MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics

MIT-CTL has been a world leader in supply chain management research and education for more than three decades.  The Center's world-renowned research programs directly involve more than 75 faculty and research staff from a wide range of academic disciplines, as well as researchers in various affiliate organizations around the world.  CTL collaborates with industry through its Corporate Outreach Program, which turns the Centers innovative research into market-winning commercial applications. And in education, MIT is consistently ranked first among business programs in logistics and supply chain management. Established in 1998, MIT-CTL's Master of Engineering in Logistics (MLOG) program was the first program of its kind, offering an intensive supply chain and logistics degree in just nine months.

About Infor

Infor acquires and develops functionally rich software backed by thousands of domain experts and then makes it better through continuous innovation, faster implementation options, global enablement, and flexible buying options. In a few short years, Infor has become one of the largest providers of business software in the world.

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