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Challenges with The Last Mile of Consumer Goods Delivery

April 27, 2022
Meet Alan Amling, a distinguished fellow at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Global Supply Chain Institute, whose expertise lies in harnessing digital disruption for success. Amling is a A TED speaker, member of the Executive Advisory Board for the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute and the CEO of advisory firm Thrive and Advance LLC.
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New research from UT delivers best supply chain management leadership practices for the future

April 26, 2022
For the paper, “Winning Supply Chain Transformational Leadership Practices,” sponsored by Daugherty Business Solutions, researchers from the Global Supply Chain Institute (GSCI) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business interviewed supply chain leaders from 16 benchmark companies across seven industries with experience in Latin America, India, China, Europe and North America to gain their insights into best practices for supply chain management in the 2020s. 
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Supply Chain Data Visualizations that Tell a Story

April 13, 2022
Meet Justin Kistler, an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business, whose expertise lies in manufacturing and service operations. Through his past research, Kistler has explored redesign and the interface between regulatory policy and service operations, particularly in the healthcare industry.
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Generating a ROI from ESG

April 11, 2022
Generating a ROI (Return on Investment) is essential for the long-term sustainability of an organization. This 3-part series on Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) in the supply chain would not be complete without addressing ROI. ESG and ROI cannot be separated; they are two sides of the same coin.
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How Supply Chain Management Performance Drives Shareholder Value

March 30, 2022
Meet Paul Dittmann, assistant department head for supply chain management and distinguished lecturer at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business. Prior to coming to UT and the Global Supply Chain Institute, Dittmann had a 32-year career where he served in various supply chain leadership roles at the Whirlpool Corporation. Dittmann has also managed a variety of projects and supply chain audits for companies and firms like Walgreens and Pfizer.
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Investing in Supply Chain Agility Now Will Pay Dividends Later, According to New Research

March 30, 2022
Investing in supply chain agility – that is, the ability to quickly adjust tactics and operations to respond to changes, opportunities or threats – can help firms avoid or significantly lessen catastrophic supply chain disruptions.
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UT Haslam Supply Chain Graduate Programs Ranked No. 3 Among Publics by U.S. News

March 29, 2022
This marks the seventh year in a row that the supply chain graduate programs have placed in the top 10.
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Best Practices Implementing ESG in the Supply Chain

February 18, 2022
This article is part 2 of a 3-part series explaining the what, why and how of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), its best practices and the ROI of integrating ESG priorities into supply chain management. 
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The Challenge in a Granola Bar

January 24, 2022
To run their systems, supply chain managers the world over require expert advice from seasoned professionals and a steady stream of polished new talent. The Department of Supply Chain Management at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, meets their needs.
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Unlocking Blockchain ROI: UT Study Examines Opportunities, Limits

January 7, 2022
Blockchain has been one of the most hyped technologies of the last decade, predicted to lead a revolutionary change in the way businesses operate. Gartner estimates it will generate $3.1 trillion in new business value by 2030, addressing the real, oft-discussed problems and opportunities of end-to-end information sharing.