Freight transportation is the bridging function that manages the physical flow of raw materials and finished goods, and connects the company to its suppliers, customers, and the government through public infrastructure. As such, freight transportation is often used as the shock absorber for a company - insulating the core operations from external disruptions and variability.
In 2008, MIT CTL launched the MIT FreightLab to drive innovation in the freight transportation industry. MIT CTL believes that tackling large-scale complex systems will lead to breakthrough developments in a domain that has traditionally been addressed in operationally focused and fragmented ways. The FreightLab’s mission is to envision better ways to design, procure, and manage large-scale freight transportation systems.