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The Role of Integrated Business Planning in Growth Companies

September 14, 2021
Integrated business planning (IBP) is a process that can deliver efficiency and cost savings to all aspects of a supply chain. While implementing an IBP process may involve structural changes in how business and operations planning is done within an organization, the resulting improvements in supply chain operations are worth the effort.
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Supply Chain, Business Analytics Rise in U.S. News and World Report Undergrad Rankings

September 11, 2021
Two programs in the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business were recognized as best-in-class contenders in the 2022 U.S. News and World Report Best Undergraduate Business
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Global Procurement: The Risks and Benefits to the Supply Chain

September 6, 2021
The rise of global sourcing leads to new supply chain management challenges. Today, it means anticipating shortages and demand spikes before they happen.
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First Recipient of Ryder Endowed Professorship in Supply Chain Management Named

September 2, 2021
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business has announced Yemisi Bolumole as the first Ryder Endowed Professor in Supply Chain Management. The endowment, which Ryder made earlier in 2021, was matched with funding from the $40 million gift the Haslam family presented to the college last year.

How to Prepare Your Supply Chain for the Next Black Swan Event

September 1, 2021
Chris Craighead is the Professor in Supply Chain Management at the Haslam College of Business. His research explores strategic supply chain management with a focus on disruptions. In this Q&A, Professor Craighead outlines how to prepare your supply chain for the next “black swan” event.
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Cost Avoidance: Not Everything That Counts Is Counted

August 31, 2021
The purchasing department holds the keys to organizational spending — in some industries, it accounts for more than 80 percent of the cost of sales. Purchasing meets its metrics by cutting costs, commonly recognized as spending less for an item this year than last. But purchasing also makes a significant contribution through cost avoidance, which means making a concerted effort to pay less for something than you would have otherwise, or to avoid an expense altogether.

New Digital Capabilities for Supply Chain

August 18, 2021
Meet Mary Long, Managing Director of the Global Supply Chain Institute’s Supply Chain Forum at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business. A board advisor, lecturer, writer and international speaker, Long utilizes her expertise from a long and fruitful career to inform and shape her teaching.
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Rising Senior Earns Trifecta of Supply Chain Scholarships

July 6, 2021
Supply chain management major Bridgette Larsen of Winchester, Virginia, recently was honored with the R. Gene Richter Scholarship, the country’s preeminent supply management academic award. She becomes the second student from the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, to garner the scholarship in its 17-year history. Earlier this year, Larsen
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The Importance of Inventory Management in Your Supply Chain

April 23, 2021
Inventory management is an important part of managing a supply chain. Find out how an MS SCM degree can help you make an impact on your company's bottom line.
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How COVID-19 Highlighted Distribution Resource Planning in 2020

March 24, 2021
Distribution resource planning is key to creating the type of resilient supply chain we need after COVID-19.