Supply Chain Management: Coming to a School Near You

Category: Supply Chain June 19, 2014

It’s no secret that leadership in supply chain management is key to global competitiveness. The big hurdle: finding and hiring talent with the necessary know-how.

The growing demand is working its way into the curriculum of colleges and universities all around the country. Just last year, the Wall Street Journal reported more than a half-dozen universities have introduced “undergraduate majors, M.B.A. concentrations and even entire degree programs dedicated to procurement, inventory management and global supply-chain strategy.”

Students who achieve these degrees are reaping the benefits. Fortune 500 companies in virtually are eyeing these programs and the students graduating.

And they’re willing to pay. The WSJ article stated that for the class of 2012 at Arizona State, supply chain majors earned an average starting salary of $56,410, compared with $50,098 for undergraduate business students in general. Furthermore, students who achieved an M.B.A. level of supply chain jobs reported starting salaries averaging 6% more than most other M.B.A.’s.

Put simply, supply chain management is a high demand skill-set, and – for the time being – it doesn’t look like it’s going to change. Just look at the proliferation of SKU’s, global sourcing and JIT requirements. Or, think about how the meal you’re eating got from the farm to your fork. That’s right, supply chain management – it’s the world we live in and it’s on the rise.

Supply Chain Visibility: What You Need to Know

Category: Supply Chain July 3, 2014

The ability to track inventory in transit from the manufacturer to its destination is extremely important. And yet this process can quickly and easily become convoluted if one step within that supply chain is mishandled. Because each link of the supply chain has its own schedule, budget, and projections, that information must be communicated and Read the full article…

Michigan Fruit Guesstimate is Optimistic After Brutal Winter

Category: Hanson Corporate,Refrigerated Transportation July 17, 2014

Every year Michigan fruit growers and processors gather to forecast the yield they expect for the coming season. After a long and harsh winter, there was more than enough reason for concern coming into the 59th Annual Fruit Crop Guesstimate. However, Michigan farmers are cautiously optimistic for this year’s specialty crops. Andrew Janson, president of Read the full article…