BSI is the source for supply chain economics, having pioneered many of the analytical and economic methods in the early 2000s. We have used our actual experience with sourcing and supply chain optimization projects to develop accurate coefficients and multipliers for modeling the value chain impacts of investment, sales, and pricing scenarios.

We have also developed supply chain taxonomies that have been used in policy-making to quantify the impact of policy scenarios on different types of companies. Our expert policy analysis team uses these constructs to provide sound and compelling policy advice to governments worldwide.
In the area of renewable energy, our studies include, for example:

  • Design for Reuse and Recycling
  • Incentives for Industrial Fuel Switching
  • Energy Efficiency studies and Standards for Industrial Capital Equipment
  • Energy Audits
  • Analysis of Hazardous Waste Disposal Costs and Compliance


Below are some examples of BSI’s Supply Chain Economic Impact Studies.
Oil & Gas Industry Investment Policy.

For the highly respected US Oil & Gas Journal, the China Sourcing Summit On Petroleum & Chemical Equipment, and industry organizations worldwide, BSI has modeled the oil & gas industry to ascertain and forecast the effect of oil price changes on supply chain costs, using a systems dynamics model and 40 years of actual data. The results have been used to make long-term decisions on employment, investment, and contracting.

US Government Research Program.Guide to Investments in Large Scale Freight
As part of a study designed to establish a methodology for quantifying the benefits of large-scale freight infrastructure investments, Boston Strategies International developed objective, quantifiable methodologies to quantify national vs. local/regional benefits.  The methodology highlighted allowed industry specificity of the benefits, and allowed for comparisons across modes and types of projects. While traditional transportation and economic impact modeling had addressed the impacts on industry somewhat irregularly, with few studies addressing exactly how businesses benefit from improved transportation, this document explained and quantified the industry impacts from transportation improvements with emphasis on supply chain effects.  The supply chain effects of transportation improvements are a critical element of that improvement and this analysis provides needed information on the logistics (aka, second order effects) benefits to industry. Integrated leading-edge supply chain thinking with transportation planning methods to determine the supply chain impact of various types of transportation investments.  The study quantified key baselines and variables by industry to facilitate its use in specific project evaluations.
US Department of Transportation. US Department of Transportation

Analyzed competitiveness and efficiency of rail, truck, and ocean freight in the US. Identified bottlenecks. Developed new frameworks for quantifying the value of SCM using economic multipliers. Contributed supply chain analyses for a series of reports that summarize economic growth trends and structural changes in the economy and logistics that will drive and shape the demand for freight over the next 20 years.

US Chamber of Commerce. The Transportation Challenge

For the US Chamber of Commerce, whose members are some of the largest companies in the US, developed international transportation comparisons that explored the link between transportation infrastructure capacity and long-term economic productivity, growth and competitiveness. Examined linkages between congestion, capacity, logistics cost, and logistics competitiveness in countries worldwide.  We further interviewed dozens of shippers and selected carriers to formulate conclusions and recommendations. The documented findings were included in a widely publicized report that spells out a policy agenda.

US National Cooperative Research Program (NCHRP). nchrp

For the National Academy of Science’s National Cooperative Research Program (NCHRP), Boston Strategies International examined and described the tools and data-management systems that underlie private sector performance-based resource allocation processes in order to guide public sector organizations such as state Departments of Transportation in setting appropriate targets and processes for allocating resources. Boston Strategies International helped to identify and describe the institutional relationships within private sector companies that are needed to support performance-based resource allocation. This involves describing and categorizing the complete decision-making context for private sector organizations. We are compiling actual case studies to identify and describe the practices of private-sector transportation and logistics companies that have undertaken performance measurement programs and initiatives.