Taking a course with Sustainable Logistics
Sustainable Supply Chain Management
The course studies operational aspects of sustainable supply chains. It focuses on analyzing the implications of environmental considerations in logistics decisions. The course covers carbon footprint, sustainable logistics, closed-loop supply chains, reverse logistics and sustainable supply chain strategy. Students work on a team project that evaluates the sustainable supply chain strategy of an industry or a publicly traded company.
- Introduction to Sustainable Supply Chains
- Measuring Environmental Impacts in Supply Chains
- Carbon Footprinting in Supply Chains
- Closed-loop Supply Chains
- Sustainable Sourcing
- Sustainable Logistics
Supply Chain Management for Micro and Small Firms
Micro Supply Chain Management
Micro Supply Chain Management is an emerging discipline that focuses on improving the efficiency and survival of the micro and small firms by leveraging their supply chain management decisions. In this module, the participants will learn about the importance of small firms in Latin America, what are their main challenges, and how can we build tailored solutions to improve their efficiency and potential of survival.
Sustainable Logistics for MIT SCALE Network
Sustainability Supply Chain
The research team at MIT Sustainable Logistics regularly works on and publishes case studies that are directly related to their research projects.
Prepared by Dr. Cansu Tayaksi and Dr. Josué C. Velázquez Martínez from the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics
Founded in 1978 in Izmir, Turkey, Viking Cleaning and Cosmetics has grown from a micro firm into a global chemical brand with operations on five continents. Today, the company is a leading home- and laundry-care products manufacturer and is listed among the 1,000 biggest companies in Turkey.
Its product portfolio includes more than 100 different products, such as fabric softeners, eco-friendly products, general cleaning products, liquid soap, corrosive products, surface cleaners, dishwashing detergents, and room deodorizers. Today, Viking exports these product families to 60 countries through four sales channels (retail, export, private label, and non-household consumption), mostly under the “Sailor Viking” brand.
How did Viking grow in nearly 40 years from a micro firm into an export leader? What strategy did its management follow? If Viking’s leaders had followed a different strategy, would the company still be as large as it is today, or would it even have stayed in business?
This case discusses business strategy with a focus on growth in a small business in a developing country.