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Professor Charles Nicholson Helps Dairy Farmers Mitigate Financial Risks

Professor Charles Nicholson, clinical associate professor of supply chain management at the Penn State Smeal College of Business, is contributing to the introduction of the Margin Protection Program for Dairy Producers (MPP), a government-sponsored insurance initiative to help the nation’s dairy farmers mitigate their financial risks. Nicholson is part of a consortium of land-grant university economists from Cornell, Illinois, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, and Wisconsin that has developed a web-based tool along with related outreach and education strategies to assist farmers with MPP-related decisions.

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Supply Chain Researchers Claim a Shift Toward 'Supply Ecosystems'

A new article from Penn State Smeal College of Business faculty member Christopher W. Craighead and colleagues David Ketchen at Auburn University—a 1994 graduate of the Smeal Ph.D. Program—and Russell Crook at the University of Tennessee suggest that disruptive technologies are creating an evolution from supply chains to “supply ecosystems.” The article, “From Supply Chains to Supply Ecosystems: Implications for Strategic Sourcing Research and Practice,” will appear in a forthcoming issue of Journal of Business Logistics.

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GE to Invest $10 million in Development of a New Innovation Center to Study Natural Gas Supply Chains

GE has made the pledge to invest nearly $10 million in developing a new innovation center focused on creating innovative advancements in the natural gas industry. The development will be called the "The Center for Collaborative Research on Intelligent Natural Gas Supply Systems" at Penn State (CCRINGSS). The new center will bring together stakeholders from colleges of Engineering, Mineral Sciences, Information Sciences and Technology, and CSCR (Center for Supply Chain Research) as well as INGaR (Institute for Natural Gas Research).

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Professor Terry Harrison Selected to Lead Smeal College of Business Sustainability Efforts

Terry Harrison, professor of supply chain and information systems, has been selected to lead the Penn State Smeal College of Business sustainability initiative. The main focus of the sustainability program is to bring challenges into discussion through cross-functional outlets such as teaching, research, outreach, and operations.

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Penn State Ranked #1 Among the Best Online Master in Supply Chain Management Degree Programs

Penn State World Campus’s online M.P.S. in Supply Chain Management has been ranked #1 by TheBestSchools.org.

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Why Aren't Consumers Buying Remanufactured Products?

Firms looking to increase market share of remanufactured consumer products will have to overcome a big barrier to do so, according to a recent study from the Penn State Smeal College of Business. Findings from faculty members Meg Meloy and V. Daniel R. Guide, Jr., indicate that consumers perceive many categories of remanufactured products as dirty and disgusting.

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CSCR Research Director Weighs in on the "Future of Business: Supply Chain"

Christopher Craighead, research director for the Center for Supply Chain Research and Rothkopf Professor and associate professor of Supply Chain Management in the Supply Chain and Information Systems department, weighs in on a study by The Economist Intelligence Unit on the use of data and analytics to significantly improve supply chain connectivity and agility.

To read the entire report available on The Economist Insights Website...

CSCR Sponsors and Recruiters Named in the Gartner Supply Chain Top 25

The Center for Supply Chain Research (CSCR) would like to congratulate all the Gartner Supply Chain Top 25.  We are especially pleased to report that we have involvement with over half of the Top 25 through CSCR sponsorship and/or recruitment activities with Smeal College of Business graduate and undergraduate supply chain students.

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Collaboration with Industry Shapes 25 Years of Center for Supply Chain Research

The Penn State Smeal College of Business Center for Supply Chain Research (CSCR) celebrated its 25th anniversary at its spring 2014 Corporate Sponsor meeting, held at the end of April at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center.

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Smeal Professor Balances Supply and Demand with Honors Program

Robert Novack, an associate professor of Supply Chain and Information Systems in the Smeal College of Business and associate director of the Center for Supply Chain Research, recently completed his first year as a member of the Schreyer Honors College's Distinguished Honors Faculty Program (DHFP). DHFP introduces Schreyer Scholars from across the University to participating faculty members' interests and expertise.

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Erb Receives 2014 Pashek Award

Pamela Erb, the vice president of Supply Chain for Wegmans Food Markets, Inc., received the 2014 Pashek Award at the 24th Annual R. Hadly Waters Supply Chain Symposium held on April 24th at University Park, Pennsylvania.

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Smeal's Center for Supply Chain Research Names Next Executive Director

On Aug. 1, Steve Tracey will become the next executive director of the Penn State Smeal College of Business Center for Supply Chain Research. As executive director, Tracey will lead the vision and strategy for the center and serve as an ambassador and spokesperson for supply chain activities at Penn State.

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Early Career Professorship Honoring John Coyle Will Support Faculty Recruitment

In honor of Professor John Coyle, an anonymous donor has committed a gift of $334,000 to establish the Dr. John Coyle Early Career Professorship in Supply Chain. Coyle is currently professor emeritus of business administration and director of corporate sponsors for the Center for Supply Chain Research. The Penn State Faculty Endowment Challenge has agreed to match funds, making it worth a total of $500,000.

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CSCR Announces New Faculty Affiliates (Spring 2014)

CSCR is pleased to announced four new faculty affiliates for Spring 2014.  Matthew Davis, Jason Acimovic, Christopher Parker, and Aydin Alptekinoglu will be joining the team.  The role of faculty affiliates are to provide support to the Center for Supply Chain Research in various areas such as distribution, warehousing, transportation, procurement and supply, customer service, systems modeling, logistics, information systems, and more.

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Penn State Supply Chain Education Highly Ranked

Smeal College of Business Supply Chain Education has been ranked #3 according to a recent article in last year’s Chief Supply Chain Officer Report.

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Penn State Names New President

The 18th president of Penn State has been named by the University's Board of Trustees. Eric J. Barron, a former dean at Penn State and current leader of Florida State University, will begin as Penn State's next president on May 12, 2014.

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The 24th Annual R. Hadly Waters Supply Chain Symposium

The 24th Annual R. Hadly Waters Supply Chain Symposium, Innovative Logistics – The Supply Chain Strategy Enabler, will be held on April 24th, 2014, at The Penn Stater Conference Center, University Park, PA.

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Supply Chain Alum Wins “2014 Distinguished Alumni Award”

Karen Quintos, Dell Chief Marketing Officer, has been selected as one of eight to receive the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award.  Karen holds a master’s degree in marketing and international business from New York University and a bachelor of science in supply chain management from Penn State University.

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CSCR Announces New Corporate Sponsors (Spring 2014)

CSCR is very pleased to announce that nine new Corporate Sponsors have joined the CSCR family.  We are grateful for their support and look forward to their participation in shaping CSCR’s future.

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Terry Harrison Says Results-driven Procurement Requires Strategic Reevaluation

In an effort to take control over sustainability and social innovation in the Smeal College of Business, Professor Terry Harrison and students began working with the institution’s procurement services departments to get hands-on experience in implementing sustainable, cost- effective sourcing practices while also promoting green logistics within the university.

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John Jordan Delivers Address At TEDxPSU

On Sunday, March 2nd, TEDxPSU, the Penn State chapter of TED talks, one of the largest non-profit conferences in the country, welcomed 14 speakers to its “Go Further ” conference.

John M. Jordan, Clinical Professor, Department of Supply Chain and Management and Information Systems at Penn State, was one of the 14 featured speakers.

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"The Perfect Storm?"

Recently, the Supply Chain Management Review published an article called, "The Perfect Storm."

Authors, Kusumal Ruamsook, Research Associate at CSCR and Christopher Craighead, Director of Research at CSCR came together to discuss how they believe that a supply chain talent perfect storm could be in the offing.

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New Faculty Affiliates (Spring 2014)

Center for Supply Chain Research Faculty Affiliates (Spring 2014).

CSCR is pleased to announced four new faculty affiliates for Spring 2014.  Matthew Davis, Jason Acimovic, Christopher Parker, and Aydin Alptekinoglu will be joining the team.  The role of faculty affiliates are to provide support to the Center for Supply Chain Research in various areas such as distribution, warehousing, transportation, procurement and supply, customer service, systems modeling, logistics, information systems, and more.

Matthew Davis

Matthew Davis currently is an affiliated faculty member at Penn State's Center for Supply Chain Research and a director of research for the Supply Chain Council.  He was previously a Research Director at Gartner where he was lead analyst for supply chain strategy, customer centricity and supply chain segmentation.  Davis has over 75 publications with more than 15 first authorships on the topic of supply chain segmentation.

Prior to joining Gartner, Davis spent nine years in different rotations across Dell’s supply chain organization.  This experience included strategy roles in supply chain design, demand management, fulfillment and customer service.  Davis has served as a member of the board of directors for the Supply Chain Council since 2007.  He is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and a Lean Change Agent.  He has a B.S. in Business Logistics from Penn State and an MBA from the University of Texas.

Jason Acimovic

Jason Acimovic is an assistant professor of supply chain management in the Penn State Smeal College of Business.  He received his doctorate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Operations Research Center, and his Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Yale University. Prior to returning to graduate school, he worked in credit card operations for Capital One and for Doctors Without Borders.

His research interests include applied operations, online retailing supply chains, and humanitarian logistics. His work has appeared in the American Statistical Association’s (ASA) Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports, and he has worked on research projects with industry partners including an online retailer and the PGA TOUR.

Christopher Parker

Christopher Parker is an Assistant Professor in the Supply Chain and Information Systems Department of the Smeal College of Business at Pennsylvania State University. His research addresses questions at the interface of Operations Management and Information Systems. Prior to his arrival in State College, he received a PhD at London Business School in the Management Science and Operations Department, a Bachelor of Science in Business Economics and Quantitative Studies at the Spears School of Business, Oklahoma State University and a Master of Science in Computational Finance at the Centre for Computational Finance and Economic Agents, University of Essex.

Aydın Alptekinoğlu

Aydın Alptekinoğlu is an Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management at Penn State’s Smeal College of Business.  He received his Ph.D. in Operations Management from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.  Prior to joining Penn State, he held faculty positions at the University of Florida and Southern Methodist University.

His broad research interests lie in three elements of product strategy: Variety, price, and availability.  The major emphasis of his research program has been on supply chain aspects of product variety management.  His basic objective has been helping firms match consumers’ thirst for choice with the optimal breadth and depth of product variety minding operational capabilities and constraints.

 

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Penn State Supply Chain Education Highly Ranked

Smeal College of Business Supply Chain highly ranked.

Smeal College of Business's supply chain program has been ranked #3 according to a recent article in last year’s Chief Supply Chain Officer Report.

It was created from a survey sent out to supply chain, procurement, and operations professionals by SCM World. The 2013 Chief Supply Chain Officer Report was the fourth annual report published by SCM World, a global community of senior supply chain professionals.

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Penn State Names New President

Penn State Names New President.

The 18th president of Penn State has been named by the University's Board of Trustees. Eric J. Barron, a former dean at Penn State and current leader of Florida State University, will begin as Penn State's next president on May 12, 2014.

Barron, 62, has served as president of Florida State University in Tallahassee since 2010. In this role, he oversees Florida State University's 16 colleges that offer more than 275 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, professional and specialist degree programs, including medicine and law. Serving nearly 41,000 students, Florida State is one of the largest and oldest of the 11 institutions of higher learning in the State University System of Florida.

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The 24th Annual R. Hadly Waters Supply Chain Symposium

The 24th Annual R. Hadly Waters Supply Chain Symposium.

Strategy is only as effective as its execution. Without innovative logistics your supply chain strategy and ultimately your business strategy is just a plan on paper.

The 24th Annual R. Hadly Waters Supply Chain Symposium, Innovative Logistics – The Supply Chain Strategy Enabler, will be held on April 24th, 2014, at The Penn Stater Conference Center, University Park, PA.  Logistics experts from Danaher Corporation, Dicks Sporting Goods, FedEx, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc., Johnson & Johnson, Menlo, Mondelez, One Network, Pfizer, Unilever, WalMart, and Wegmans Food Markets will share their stories on the impact that innovative execution has on that crucial bottom line.

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Supply Chain Alum Wins “2014 Distinguished Alumni Award”

Supply Chain Alum Wins “2014 Distinguished Alumni Award”

Karen Quintos, Dell Chief Marketing Officer, has been selected as one of eight to receive the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award.  Quintos currently serves as senior vice president and chief marketing officer (CMO) for Dell.  She leads their commercial business in the Americas, Asia- Pacific, Japan, Europe, Middle East, and Africa.  Quintos has responsibility for brand strategy, global communications, social media, corporate responsibility, customer insights, marketing talent development and agency management.  She also serves as the executive sponsor of Dell’s largest networking group, Women in Search of Excellence.

Karen holds a master’s degree in marketing and international business from New York University and a bachelor of science in supply chain management from Penn State University.  She also serves as an advisory board member for the Smeal Business School at Penn State, Catalyst, the Association of National Advertisers, and Susan G. Komen.  Karen is a 2012 winner of Working Mother magazine's Mother of the Year award, and Forbes magazine named her one of the world's most influential CMOs.

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CSCR Announces New Corporate Sponsors (Spring 2014)

CSCR Announces New Corporate Sponsors (2014 Spring).

CSCR is very pleased to announce that nine new Corporate Sponsors have joined the CSCR family.  We are grateful for their support and look forward to their participation in shaping CSCR’s future.

AmerisourceBergen

AmerisourceBergen Corporation is one of the world's largest pharmaceutical services companies serving global markets with a focus on the pharmaceutical supply chain. Servicing both pharmaceutical manufacturers and healthcare providers, the Company provides drug distribution and related services designed to reduce costs and improve patient outcomes. 

Headquartered in Valley Forge, PA, AmerisourceBergen has locations around the world. In the US, they handle about 20% of all of the pharmaceuticals sold and distributed throughout the country.

They strive to take costs out of the healthcare system by using their scale and efficient operations to drive value for their customers. In addition to delivering pharmaceuticals on a just-in-time basis to tens of thousands of healthcare providers every day, they provide business support and consulting services to help their customers focus on their key strength—caring for patients.

Breakthrough Fuel

Breakthrough Fuel works with shippers nationally to transform their approach to fuel management through a customized, collaborative, and strategic process. From energy sourcing to disposal, Breakthrough Fuel is a trusted advisor and hands-on fuel management partner providing key support throughout the entire transportation energy lifecycle.  By focusing on fuel information transparency, fuel management, sustainability, and energy risk management, Breakthrough Fuel has not only helped customers save money, but also has helped save the environment. Since its founding in 2004, Breakthrough Fuel has helped their shipper customers achieve more than $175 million in fuel cost savings.  Some of their clients include: Ace Hardware, Georgia-Pacific, John Deere, Proctor and Gamble, and Whirlpool Corporation. Breakthrough Fuel has won several partner and service awards in the last few years from these clients alone.

Burris Logistics

Burris Logistics is a family-owned business specializing in custom retail distribution, foodservice redistribution, refrigerated warehousing and transportation solutions.

As one of the nation's largest and most sophisticated controlled-temperature food distribution companies, Burris Logistics offers over 60 million cubic feet of freezer warehousing space in 15 strategic locations along the East Coast. Each warehouse is capable of developing custom storage and transportation programs, uniquely designed to meet individual customer needs.

Burris uses advanced technology to drive down costs at all levels of their business. They write most of their own software — which makes them unique in this industry — enabling them to do things faster than their competitors. Burris Logistics makes it ideal for technologies to meet and connect on virtually any platform and environment.

Defense Logistics Agency

The Defense Logistics Agency is the Department of Defense's largest logistics combat support agency, providing worldwide logistics support in both peacetime and wartime to the military services as well as several civilian agencies and foreign countries.

DLA employs about 27,000 employees. The Agency's headquarters is at Fort Belvoir, in Northern Virginia.

First Quality

First Quality is a diversified family of companies manufacturing a variety of products for adult care, infant care, feminine care, consumer paper products, bottled water and engineered non-woven roll goods. First Quality serves the retail, institutional, and commercial channels throughout the world.

Operationally, First Quality companies are managed independently to maintain focus on the markets they serve while benefiting from the synergies of being a part of the First Quality family of companies. In many instances, their manufacturing similarities enable First Quality to develop and share state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies, highly skilled team members and a streamlined supply chain which improves efficiencies, sustainability, quality, and helps bring innovative products to the markets they serve.

Five Below

Five Below, Inc. is the leading retailer of trend-right, extreme-value merchandise to the teen and pre-teen market - all for $1.00 to $5.00.

Five Below's dynamic assortment of merchandise includes everything from sporting goods, games, fashion accessories and jewelry, to hobbies and collectibles, bath and body, candy and snacks, room décor and storage, stationery and school supplies, video game accessories, books, dvds, iPhone® accessories, novelty and "gag," and seasonal items. Five Below combines exceptional value with trend-right, quality merchandise in a vibrant shopping environment.

Five Below was founded by David Schlessinger, creator and founder of Encore Books and Zany Brainy along with Tom Vellios, former CEO of Zany Brainy.

Lanetix

Founded in 2013, Lanetix is a cloud-based CRM for logistics and transportation.  Lanetix works to utilize CRM based on Force.com, Salesforce.com's leading cloud platform.  Lanetix allows revenue leaders to forecast with the metrics that matter (EBITDA, capacity, volume) and provides end-to-end visibility of global revenue operations.

Currently based out of San Francisco, CA, Lanetix was co-founded by Aaron Sasson and John Golob.  Lanetix aims to deliver a business intelligence and project-based workflow solution along with creating a global view of business while understanding how their projects work, where they’re winning business, and where new market opportunities exist.

SABIC

SABIC is one of the world’s largest petrochemical manufacturers based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The company currently operates in over 40 countries with a workforce of 40,000 people.  SABIC consists of six business units: Chemicals, Polymers, Performance Chemicals, Fertilizers, Metals and Innovative Plastics.

The company’s plans for expansion are matched by the development of an infrastructure of manufacturing plants, distribution centers, offices and storage facilities worldwide. The company’s manufacturing, sales, technology and innovation facilities are located throughout the globe and are managed by four regional offices: the Middle East and Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe.

Sedlak Management Consultants

Sedlak Management Consultants is a supply chain consulting firm specializing in distribution consulting. They  are a privately-held Cleveland based company, and have been in business for over 50 years. As an independent firm, their entire focus is driving supply chain benefits and cost savings to their clients.

 

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Terry Harrison Says Results-driven Procurement Requires Strategic Reevaluation

Terry Harrison Says Results-driven Procurement Requires Strategic Reevaluation.

Procurement is becoming a strategic part of the supply chain process over the past few years.  Executives have realized how valuable it is to the company as a whole.  The main component of strategic sourcing is that the methods by which companies obtain goods and services need to be just as carefully planned for operational excellence as any other aspect of the business. Recently, a project undertaken by a group of Smeal MBA students provides a clear example of how reevaluating procurement can provide a key starting point for boosting the effectiveness of an organization, increasing its profit margins and keeping costs down.

In an effort to take control over sustainability and social innovation in the Smeal College of Business, Professor Terry Harrison and students began working with the institution’s procurement services departments to get hands-on experience in implementing sustainable, cost- effective sourcing practices while also promoting green logistics within the university.

The procurement department had never before undertaken the effort to evaluate suppliers based on a clearly defined list of sustainability criteria, Harrison noted. The students chose new vendors and fostered these relationships. Since then, other procurement areas within the university have moved toward sustainability.

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John Jordan Delivers Address At TEDxPSU

John Jordan Delivers Address At TEDxPSU

On Sunday, March 2nd, TEDxPSU, the Penn State chapter of TED talks, one of the largest non-profit conferences in the country, welcomed 14 speakers to its “Go Further ” conference.

The conference was done in a series of three sessions and broke after session one for a lunch expo, during which host, Rob Andrejewski, urged attendees to discuss what they’d taken away from the event.

John M. Jordan, a clinical professor of the Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems at Penn State Smeal, was one of the 14 featured speakers.

Jordan came onto the stage and discussed robots in today’s terms. He told the audience to forget the mass market science fiction thinking and realize what a robot truly is.

“Everybody knows what a robot is, but nobody can define it, including computer scientists,” Jordan said.

He told the audience to get informed and “go further” in their understanding. He urged the audience to let go of the stereotypes and the fantasies and to begin to have intelligent conversations about what robots will do in the future.

You can view an excerpt of Jordan's presentation here.

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"The Perfect Storm?"

Christopher Craighead and Kusumal Ruamsook publish the Perfect Storm.

Recently, the Supply Chain Management Review published an article called, "The Perfect Storm?"

Authors, Kusumal Ruamsook, Research Associate at CSCR and Christopher Craighead, Director of Research at CSCR came together to discuss how they believe that a supply chain talent perfect storm could be in the offing.

Ruamsook and Craighead have developed a number of key emerging trends that individually create tension and potential disruptions in the supply chain talent pool  Both of these can create challenges for a supply chain organization just like a hurricane or winter storm would.

Their conclusions were drawn from a review of the literature, reports from key organizations, and a Supply Chain Leaders Forum (SCLF) sponsored in October 2012 by CSCR. The Leaders Forum brought together more than 70 top supply chain and human resource professionals from a variety of companies and industries to address the challenges stemming from supply chain talent.

Please visit the Supply Chain Management Review to read their entire article.

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Erb Recieves the 2014 Pashek Award

Pamela Erb, vice president of Supply Chain at Wegmans Food Markets, Inc., was the 2014 Pashek Award recipient at the 24th Annual R. Hadly Waters Supply Chain Symposium held April 24, 2014, University Park, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Robert Novack and Pamela Erb
Dr. Robert Novack, associate professor, Supply Chain & Information Sytems, and faculty director of the R. Hadly Waters Supply Chain Symposium, and Pamela Erb, vice president of Supply Chain, Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.




Pamela Erb, the vice president of Supply Chain for Wegmans Food Markets, Inc., received the 2014 Pashek Award at the 24th Annual R. Hadly Waters Supply Chain Symposium held on April 24th at University Park, Pennsylvania.

The Robert D. Pashek Award is given annually to a logistics professional that has made significant contributions to the practice and development of the logistics and transportation disciplines. The award is named for the late Robert D. Pashek, associate dean emeritus of The Smeal College and a man instrumental in the development of logistics studies at Penn State.

Erb began her career at Wegmans in 1987, working in store operations and then transitioning to human resources where she spent six years in a variety of HR roles.  In 1998 Erb began her time in distribution with a role in DC operations where she has been instrumental in the areas of network planning, transportation and now supply chain.

The annual R. Hadly Waters Supply Chain Symposium provides a platform for practitioners and educators to share knowledge on topics such as integrating supply chain processes and technology, agility in international logistics, supply chain transformation, and the future of supply chain management.  This year's symposium theme, Innovative Logistics - The Supply Chain Strategy Enabler, went back to Dr. R. Hadly Waters (1908-1988) roots of logistics.  Waters was one of the contributing pioneers spearheading the currently named Supply Chain and Information Systems major in The Smeal College of Business and a dedicated proponent of professionalism in transportation and logistics.

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CSCR Sponsors and Recruiters Recognized in the Gartner Supply Chain Top 25

The Gartner 10th Annual Top 25 Supply Chains includes CSCR Corporate Sponsors and Active Recruiters.

The Center for Supply Chain Research (CSCR) would like to congratulate all the Gartner 2014 Supply Chain Top 25.  We are especially pleased that through CSCR sponsorship and/or recruitment activities, the Center has partnered with over half of these leading supply chain organizations.

CSCR would first like to recognize our corporate sponsors for achieving the Top 25 -- Unilever (#4), P&G (#5), Kimberly-Clark (#21), and Johnson & Johnson (#22). In addition to our four sponsors, CSCR is also very proud that the Top 25 also includes ten companies that actively recruit our Smeal Supply Chain and Information Systems graduate and undergraduate students each spring and fall at the CSCR Supply Chain Career Fair. Congratulations go out to Apple (#1), Amazon.com (#3), Intel (#8), Colgate-Palmolive (#9), WalMart Stores (#14), PepsiCo (#15), 3M (#18), Caterpillar (#23), Cummins (#24), and Nestle (#25).

Gartner, Inc., revealed the findings of their 10th annual Supply Chain Top 25 at the Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference in Arizona this past May.  The supply chains were ranked according to composite scores of peer and Gartner analyst opinions, return on assets, inventory turns, and revenue growth.  The findings also indicated three reoccurring trends in the Top 25:  Understanding and supporting the fully contextualized customer, a convergence of digital and physical supply chains delivering a total customer solution, and the supply chain recognition as a trusted and integrated partner.  Access the Gartner press release for more details.

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Penn State Ranked #1 Among the Best Online Master in Supply Chain Management Degree Programs

Penn State World Campus’s online M.P.S. in Supply Chain Management has been ranked #1 by TheBestSchools.org.

Penn State World Campus and Penn State Smeal College of Business partner together to offer the Online Master of Professional Studies in Supply Chain Management. TheBestSchools.org bases their selections on academic excellence, course offerings, faculty strengths, and reputation, including reputation for online degree programs.

The Online Program at Penn State allows for students to graduate with a Masters in Supply Chain Management after two years of 30 credits. Those who are working full-time are able to receive a Supply Chain Management Graduate Certificate by completing a 12 credit course.

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