What is Supply Chain Management (SCM)?
Supply Chain Management (SCM) involves leading people involved in and managing the
flow of materials, information, and funds within and across organizations. Increasingly,
success in the marketplace is becoming a matter of which supply chain can service
customers better, faster, and cheaper than the competition. Business leaders value
the total cost perspective provided by supply chain managers and are placing increasing
emphasis on education and training in the SCM field.
Why study SCM at the University of Memphis?
Memphis, proud to claim the title of “North America’s Distribution Center,” is a central
part of four major transportation networks. As such, there are more people working
in logistics and supply chain management-related jobs in Memphis per capita, 11.6%,
than any of the other 100 largest metropolitan areas in the United States. Home to
the largest and busiest air cargo airport, the second-largest inland port in the country,
the crossroads of the two busiest trucking interstates, and five Class-I railroads,
Memphis continues to establish the cutting-edge technologies for information processing
and supply chain leadership.
The University of Memphis is uniquely prepared to take advantage of these opportunities.
We have close ties with companies ranging from industry giants to small local businesses.
These relationships ensure our students are provided with internship opportunities,
insightful guest lecturers, exclusive job fairs, and a curriculum influenced by the
needs of supply chain leaders in the business environment. SCM graduates from the
University of Memphis receive a well-rounded education in business from a diverse
group of world-class faculty and personalized career guidance to assist graduates
in finding the right job.
What do the experts say?
“Supply Chain Management is a strategic opportunity. Winning companies are those that
solve their supply chains best, from access to supply and customers, to facilities,
routes, and mode choice.”
Tom Schmitt, President and CEO
FedEx Global Supply Chain Services
“The importance of having well-educated SCM professionals with a broad perspective
on business relationships in a global environment has never been greater. Today’s
business leaders understand having a finely tuned process around SCM gives their organization
a critical competitive advantage.”
William Graves, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain, Customer Satisfaction
“With the continuing growth of the global economy, an efficient and economical supply
chain is a basic requirement. Many ‘traditional’ logistics managers lack an integrated
SCM perspective and firms are looking to fill this void. Attracting educated supply
chain managers will be a major industry challenge.”
Cliff Lynch, Executive Vice President