Hi-Viz Supply Chain

Research Center: 
MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics
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This project brings together two concepts: 1) Automatically draw a flow diagram and a map of a company’s supply chain based on data stored in its corporate databases, and 2) Superimpose visual displays of alerts and other critical information on top of these images.

Examples of the kinds of critical information to be displayed includes:

  • Locations of your plants, suppliers, customers, and major transportation lanes
  • Alerts of Natural Disasters, Strikes and Protests, Infrastructure Failure, etc.
  • Heat Maps (frequency diagrams) of hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, etc.
  • Inventory Deployment ($ and Days of Supply) across the network
  • Capacity Constraints (bottlenecks) in the network
  • Risk Pathways (most vulnerable segments) across the network
  • Cost Accumulation across the network
  • Cycle Time Accumulation across the network, and
  • Market Share Impacts of major events
  • Later – Carbon Use Across the Network
  • Later – Water Use Across the Network

Until now, transportation and network analysts have needed to spend weeks collecting scattered information about suppliers, freight lanes, customers, and products in order to create a network flow diagram. And then it becomes out of date a few months later.

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