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Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

The Supply Chain Management Research Center

We advance and disseminate business knowledge using a diverse, inclusive and global perspective to encourage innovation in our primary strategic endeavors: retail, data analytics and entrepreneurship. Learn more.

Thought Leadership:
Hot Topics and Industry Insights

Managing Escalating Trucking Rates and Availability Risks

Author - Joe Roh, Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management at Texas Christian University

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Effects of US/China Trade on the Food Service Industry

Three different scenarios that could unfold, following the implementation of trade tariffs by the Trump Administration, from author Travis Tokar, a University of Arkansas alum. Currently Travis is an Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management at Texas Christian University.

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Paving the way for AI in the Warehouse

Recent developments in artificial intelligence (AI) are set to revolutionize the way warehouses operate. But before companies jump into implementations, they must make sure they have the data and talent they need.

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Running On Empty

Stephanie Thomas, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Supply Chain Management, shares her research and insight regarding the working environment for truck drivers. Thomas talks to industry providers who discuss the challenges truck drivers face and how it impacts our country's supply chain.

 



2017 China Logistics Insights Report

Comparing the macro-economic data of Chinese and American transportation volume and inventory costs, the 2017 China Logistics Insights Report reviews each country's detailed logistics costs as a percentage of GDP. Our findings provide:

  1. a comparison of the domestic China economy with the same cost details which resides in the US report, State of Logistics Report,
  2. insights on the differences, and
  3. insights on logistics trends and an outlook for the future.

This year's report focuses on e-commerce logistics trends.

The research project was written by a collaborative team from the Development & Research Center of the State Post Bureau which resides in the Chinese Ministry of Transportation, Cainiao Smart Logistics Network Limited (an Alibaba affiliate), and the Supply Chain Management Research Center which resides in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas.

To receive a digital copy of the report, email John Kent, director of the Supply Chain Management Research Center, along with your name and company affiliation.

2017 China Logistics Insights Report

In Support of Students, Industry, and Faculty

The SCMRC connects students, industry and faculty through internships, workshops, conferences and more. Industry leaders work with faculty to enhance classroom tools, curricula and research. In turn, faculty invite industry leaders to speak at events or in-class lectures. Students also enjoy internships and networking events. 

Through these connections, students  learn skills that are most relevant in the ever-growing supply chain field, while industry meets top students through recruitment and mentoring opportunities.





New & Noteworthy

Research Paper Addresses Walmart Sustainability

Research Paper Addresses Walmart Sustainability

An article co-authored by David Hyatt, research associate professor of supply chain management at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, addresses how Walmart came to be one of the most sustainability-minded companies in the world.

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Psychological Stressors Affect Truck Driver’s Experience and Contribute to Shortage in Industry

Psychological Stressors Affect Truck Driver’s Experience and Contribute to Shortage in Industry

A 2017 study published in the Transportation Journal gives insight into truck driver woes. These authors went straight to the source and talked to truck drivers about what phenomena cause them stress.

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Walton College Establishes Blockchain Center of Excellence

Walton College Establishes Blockchain Center of Excellence

Building on its history as a global leader in information systems research, the Sam M. Walton College of Business Department of Information Systems at the University of Arkansas has established the Blockchain Center of Excellence to discover and disseminate innovative uses of the emerging technology and to teach students its importance to the future of … Continue reading Walton College Establishes Blockchain Center of Excellence

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Meet our world-class affiliated associates and faculty, who are leading researchers in supply chain management!

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Faculty Research

Northwest Arkansas is the beating heart of the world's supply chain industry.

Our faculty research partnerships contribute to the success of companies around the globe.

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Student Organizations

We recognize the need for recruiting and retaining well-trained supply chain management talent. Linking students and industry to develop this talent is central to our mission.

Arkansas Supply Chain Association

The ASCA is dedicated to outreach and professional development among college students interested in a career in supply chain management and logistics.

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Women Impacting Supply Chain Excellence

WISE works to increase awareness and interest in logistics and supply chain management through programming, mentoring, networking and special events.

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