How businesses could cut plastic waste with a track and trace system

The hard work of eliminating plastic waste must start with businesses.

Katherine Ellsworth-Krebs, Senior Research Associate in Sustainability, Lancaster University • conversation
Feb. 16, 2021 ~7 min

COVID vaccine: some waste is normal – but here's how it is being kept to a minimum

With reports emerging of vaccine wastage across the world, medical supply chain experts explain why that's to be expected.

Liz Breen, Director of the Digital Health Enterprise Zone (DHEZ), University of Bradford, Reader in Health Service Operations, University of Bradford • conversation
Jan. 11, 2021 ~8 min

How COVID-19 vaccines will get from the factory to your local pharmacy

A pharmaceutical supply chain expert explains the challenges of distributing the COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna that need to be kept at very low temperatures.

Bahar Aliakbarian, Research associate professor of supply chain management, Michigan State University • conversation
Dec. 4, 2020 ~6 min

Keeping coronavirus vaccines at subzero temperatures during distribution will be hard, but likely key to ending pandemic

The cold supply chain keeps vaccines fresh during distribution, but the current system is nowhere near large enough to distribute the billions of COVID-19 vaccines that the world needs.

Anna Nagurney, John F. Smith Memorial Professor of Operations Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst • conversation
Sept. 18, 2020 ~10 min

The raging competition for medical supplies is not a game, but game theory can help

The toll of the pandemic has been worsened because of the shock to the global supply chain, which resulted in shortages of vital medical equipment. Could game theory help?

Anna Nagurney, John F. Smith Memorial Professor of Operations Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst • conversation
Aug. 4, 2020 ~9 min

New Jersey's small, networked dairy farms are a model for a more resilient food system

Small-scale dairy farmers are struggling across the US – but in New Jersey they've developed a model that keeps their products and their customers local.

Simon Levin, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University • conversation
June 3, 2020 ~9 min

COVID-19 will slow the global shift to renewable energy, but can't stop it

The US is gradually shifting to lower-carbon energy sources, but the COVID-19 pandemic, an oil price crash and a likely recession are big speed bumps.

Peter Fox-Penner, Director, Institute for Sustainable Energy, and Professor of Practice, Questrom School of Business, Boston University • conversation
March 31, 2020 ~8 min

Society's dependence on the internet: 5 cyber issues the coronavirus lays bare

Much of the world is moving online in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Society's newly increased dependence on the internet is bringing the need for good cyber policy into sharp relief.

Jennifer Daskal, Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Technology, Law & Security Program, American University • conversation
March 27, 2020 ~8 min

Medical supply chains are fragile in the best of times and COVID-19 will test their strength

Drug shortages occur regularly in the US, even in the best of times. The pharmaceutical supply chain embodies 'just in time' shipping and has little built-in redundancy.

Mark Daskin, Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering, University of Michigan • conversation
March 25, 2020 ~7 min

Keep on trucking: Trucks must keep moving across Canada-U.S. border amid coronavirus

Canada and the United States have opted to keep its border open to commercial trucking during the coronavirus pandemic. The decision is important to the economies of both countries.

Marta Leardi-Anderson, Executive Director, Cross Border Institute, University of Windsor • conversation
March 22, 2020 ~7 min