Christopher Mejía Argueta

Christopher Mejía Argueta
Massachusetts Institute of Technology | MIT · Center for Transportation and Logistics

Doctor of Engineering

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Introduction
Christopher Mejía Argueta is a Research Scientist at the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics. He is the director of the MIT Food and Retail Operations Lab (FaROL). His research focuses on improving the efficiency, flexibility of operations in multiple stakeholders, designing route-to-market and logistics strategies to address changing purchasing patterns, coupling these dynamic consumer profiles with the retail landscape, and reducing undesired socioeconomic and health problems related to food malnutrition, food waste by proposing sustainable policies, business models to help low-income areas. Dr. Chris Mejía also leads research and educational initiatives for the MIT SCALE Latin America network and he is the director of the Graduate Certificate in Logistics & SCM (GCLOG).
Additional affiliations
September 2018 - present
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Position
  • Managing Director
September 2015 - August 2017
Eindhoven University of Technology
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • Operations management for emerging markets SCM for nanostores
March 2013 - July 2015
LOGYCA
Position
  • Academic leader
Education
January 2010 - April 2013
Tecnológico de Monterrey
Field of study
  • Industrial Engineering - Operations Research and Supply Chain Management
January 2008 - December 2009
Tecnológico de Monterrey
Field of study
  • Industrial Engineering - Supply Chain
August 2003 - December 2007
Tecnológico de Monterrey
Field of study
  • Industrial Engineering

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Publications (37)
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Managing product supply to nanostores in emerging markets presents logistics and supply chain challenges that justify the use of advanced data driven decision-making methodologies and new distribution strategies by consumer package goods (CPGs) industries. These markets are characterized by diversity in population density, high fuel prices, poor ro...
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Engineering analytics is becoming a necessary skill for every engineer. Areas such as Operations Research, Simulation, and Machine Learning can be totally transformed through massive volumes of data. This book is intended to be an introduction to Engineering Analytics that can be used to improve performance tracking, customer segmentation for resou...
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Supply chains constantly face new problems that go way beyond the traditional issues of supply and demand uncertainty, particularly due to the impact of worldwide disruptive events. This paper aims at mapping academic literature examining so far issues related to the impact on supply chains of the COVID-19 outbreak based on a thorough literature re...
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Purpose In line with the knowledge-based view of organizations, this paper aims to analyze how supply chain (SC) employees contribute to the creation of competitive advantage through knowledge acquisition and utilization activities. The authors consider SC employees' skills and competencies, their external network of relationships, their job satisf...
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Last-mile operations in forward and reverse logistics are responsible for a large part of the costs, emissions, and times in supply chains. These operations have increased due to the growth of electronic commerce and direct-to-consumer strategies. We propose a novel data- and model-driven framework to support decision making for urban distribution....
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The growth of e-commerce has increased the number of home deliveries that need to be made in retail operations. Strategies such as reducing routing distance using optimisation models have been the most popular approaches to enhancing the efficiency of the delivery process and reducing its environmental burden. However, recently, customer purchasing...
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This digital twin aims to predict future scenarios and plan strategies for the most likely situations for dispatchers of vehicles in delivery urban business contexts. The system supports the calculation of performance indicators of goods delivery, and the near-real-time decisions for dispatchers and transportation managers. Decisions are taken unde...
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With the use of digital technologies for last-mile operations, extraordinary amounts of data are continuously generated. This information can be analyzed to include more details about system/stakeholders' needs, including consumer requirements, which would be difficult to obtain with traditional methods. This paper proposes a conceptual framework t...
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A professional service firm often faces challenges in matching its available workforce with the demands for service delivery. In this paper, we coin the labor strategy optimization (LSO) problem to prescribe an optimal staffing plan for meeting the target revenues of a professional service firm. It simultaneously optimizes the capacity, capability,...
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This paper addresses frequent and foreseeable floods in the short-term preparedness of an imminent event using a multicriteria optimization model integrated with a geographical information system to simulate flood levels, determine the best strategies, and update information. The proposed model takes into account the four main relief operations: lo...
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A multiperiod mixed integer programming is presented to minimize the total costs of the logistics network of a firm that sells veterinary products in Colombia. The products are imported through two ports and they are distributed from four distribution centers to the final customers in the country. The model considers the costs of out-of-stocks that...
Book
This book includes a unique set of case studies focusing on companies that have successfully created forward-looking approaches to retail operations over the world. The case studies included provide readers with a range of best practices, useful insights, and commercial and logistics strategies for serving diverse distribution channels. The authors...
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The chapter describes how consolidation of Nutresa enabled it to merge existing sales forces, logistics, and other services within the dry food division.
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This chapter compares different schemes used to serve nanostores and establishes a set of key performance indicators (KPIs), related to the workforce, its sales effectiveness, and the quantity of nanostores visited by each route.
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Colombina changed from an on-board sales structure to a presales structure, supported by optimized zonification, innovative portfolio management, an intelligent routing process, and a high-performance team
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Four trends will drive the future of nanostores: high-performance operations, frictionless retailing, disruptive e-commerce, and corporate social responsibility. Nanostores are here to stay!
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This research identifies key variables that influence fuel consumption that might be improved through eco-driving training programs under three circumstances that have been scarcely studied before: (a) heavy- and medium-duty truck fleets, (b) long-distance freight transport, and (c) the Latin American region. Based on statistical analyses that incl...
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La incertidumbre sobre las tendencias del mercado y el entorno empresarial en el que se encuentran las compañías es uno de los principales retos que actualmente afrontan los directivos de las empresas. Una compañía que analiza su entorno e intenta predecir los posibles escenarios futuros no se verá sorprendida por los cambios del mismo y podrá esta...
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El objetivo de esta investigación es generar esquemas logísticos y comerciales rentables, para lo cual se construye una metodología que mide el costo de servir y se determina la rentabilidad a partir de los estados financieros, que va de lo general a lo específico, permitiendo cerrar las brechas identificadas en el análisis de costo de servir para...
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Packaging links the entire supply chain and coordinates all participants in the process to give a flexible and effective response to customer needs in order to maximize satisfaction at optimal cost. This research proposes an optimization model to define the minimum total cost combination of outer packs in various distribution channels with the leas...
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This paper presents a case study of a Colombian consumer packaged goods company, in order to minimize the costs related to its logistics operations by using different sizes of packages. Two optimization models were formulated: the first model is aimed at determining the 5 secondary package sizes that diminish the need to open closed packages to mee...
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The objective of this paper is to compare different traditional approaches about the cost analysis for emerging markets in order to identify gaps and opportunities related to cost-to-serve. The results show that no particular methodology exists for emerging markets, and there is no a robust analysis to define the profitability for customers, segmen...
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The objective of this paper is to compare different traditional approaches about the cost analysis for emerging markets in order to identify gaps and opportunities related to cost-to-serve. The results show that no particular methodology exists for emerging markets, and there is no a robust analysis to define the profitability for customers, segmen...
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Un reto importante para los fabricantes de autopartes es coordinar el abastecimiento desde las diversas zonas geográficas en donde están ubicados sus proveedores. El objetivo de esta investigación fue el diseño de una red para el servicio de transporte donde se consideren tanto el tiempo que los embarques están detenidos en aduanas y puntos de tran...
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O presente artigo é um caso de estudo aplicado a uma empresa colombiana de consumo massivo para minimizar os custos relacionados com as suas operações logísticas ao utilizar diferentes tamanhos de embalagem. Foram formulados 2 modelos de otimização: um para determinar os 5 tamanhos de embalagem secundário que diminuam a necessidade de abertura para...
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An important challenge for an OEM consists in determining how to coordinate the supply coming from a large number of suppliers located in different geographic areas around the world, to warranty the best logistic performance. The resulting model is a bicriteria model considering cost and travel time, to identify the intermodal transport chain to su...

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We study the operations and logistics of urban nanostores (single family-operated small grocery stores) in developing markets, both if they are traditionally operated and if they part of modern mobile platform. Our work includes the modeling and analysis of delivery vehicle parking in dense urban environments.