The University of Tennessee Global Supply Chain Institute's E-Newsletter, Winter 2012
Supply Chain Executives –
"What Keeps Us Up at Night"
J. Paul Dittmann, Ph.D. , Executive Director of the Global Supply Chain Institute

Counting sheep at night? You're in good company. This quarter Paul Dittmann, Executive Director of the Global Supply Chain Institute, asked the members of its Advisory Board what pressing business issues keep them up at night. The answers from these vice-presidents of supply chain, from leading firms including Amazon, Caterpillar, Disney, P&G, and Walmart, are compelling and offer an excellent tool to benchmark your firm's performance. Read More

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Green Is Well Within Reach

Wendy L. Tate, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Logistics at The University of TennesseeInterest in humanity's impact on the environment has grown significantly in recent years, making helping the earth and your bottom line at the same time the new "Holy Grail" of the business world. But it may be easier to achieve than you think. Here, UT's Dr. Wendy Tate and Dr. Lisa Ellram of Miami University offer some suggestions on how to start new environmentally friendly cost-saving initiatives and how to keep them going. Read More

Bill Hutchinson, Vice President, Global Fulfillment and Logistics, DellTHE CORNER OFFICE

Sustainability in Dell's Global
Fulfillment Logistics

In the 2011 fiscal year, changes in Dell's fulfillment model forced the company to adapt its practices to a more "green" approach. Here, Bill Hutchinson, Vice President, Global Fulfillment and Logistics, Dell, and a UT graduate who sits on the school's Global Supply Chain Institute Advisory Board, describes how the company reworked everything from its transportation and logistics networks to packaging to provider collaboration. Read More

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