Kellen Betts is a Project Manager in the Sustainable Supply Chains lab at the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics. He collaborates with industry, non-profit organizations, and other stakeholders to advance supply chain sustainability. Kellen has over fifteen years of experience in supply chain and analytics working for small businesses and Fortune 500 corporations. He writes the newsletter Supply Chain Weekly and organizes Supply Chain Connect (reCONNECT 2021), an annual conference on supply chain management and technology. Prior to joining MIT, Kellen led a research and development firm, which launched a technology platform for port trucking and logistics, and worked in supply chain, analytics, and engineering at REI, Zulily, PACCAR, JBE Inc., and Vigor Industrial. He received a M.S. degree in Global Supply Chain Management from Portland State University and a M.S. degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Washington.
With the climate crisis, coronavirus pandemic, trade tensions and the rising power of China... uncertainty may be the one certainty. In this fireside chat with Sam Kaplan, author of Challenging China, we will discuss the challenges and opportunities in the international business environment, and what this shifting landscape means for global supply chains, trade and world economies.
March 29, 2021: Last Sunday, Canadian Pacific railroad announced plans to acquire Kansas City Southern for $29 billion. The merger would create the first North American railroad connecting Canada, the U.S., and Mexico as companies grapple with widespread disruptions of global supply chains, a new North American free-trade agreement, and cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline.
February 12, 2021: The military coup in Myanmar is a setback for democracy in the country and introduces a new wrinkle in the trade dynamic between the U.S. and China. Last week, Myanmar’s army seized power from the civilian government and imposed a year-long state of emergency.