Logistics Grads Suit Up for the Future

Universities and corporations are working together to arm logistics graduates with the skills they need to move from the classroom to the conference room. With global trade likely to rise more than threefold to $27 trillion by 2030, logistics professionals are in high demand. Yet a significant gap exists between the skills logistics companies need, and those today's college graduates bring to the table. "Schools and industry need to work together to make a difference," said John Taylor, associate professor and chair of the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management at Wayne State University's School of Business Administration. "Educational institutions can't do it alone. They need to work closely with businesses to understand their issues and needs."

Wayne State's School of Business Administration is currently collaborating with General Motors to introduce students to the issues and challenges involved in producing vehicles. For the General Motors/Wayne State University Supply Chain Case Competition—which recently completed its third year—business students from across the country came to Detroit for an in-depth look at the supply chain systems that support the automotive industry.

"The competition presents an opportunity to showcase Southeast Michigan’s automotive industry and supply chain management careers, as well as provides students an outstanding real-world educational experience," Taylor said.

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