College of Charleston holding statewide supply chain conference

Staff Report
Published Jan. 30, 2013

Organizers for a supply chain summit to be held in March expect the event to present South Carolina as a leader in logistics to help improve the state’s economy.

The first S.C. Supply Chain Summit is scheduled for March 22 at the Beatty Center in the College of Charleston’s School of Business.

Alan Shao, dean of the School of Business, said in a news release that the summit will bring industry and academic leaders together to discuss the state’s capabilities, talent resources and research in supply chain and engineering management.

“The College of Charleston recognizes that supply chain infrastructure and resource capabilities are economic drivers that differentiate South Carolina and serve as catalysts for more companies to relocate or expand in our thriving state,” Shao said. “While we have much to be proud of in our state’s supply chain capabilities and services, we have the opportunity to improve our assets through academic-industry partnerships that enable collaboration, quality education, research and shared practices.”

Several public universities and colleges in South Carolina offer supply chain programs, the news release said, but an annual summit allows business leaders to learn about academic and professional certificate programs along with the latest research.

“A statewide summit is an opportunity to cross-collaborate and transfer knowledge among industry and higher education leaders with supply chain and logistics disciplines,” said Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt, who is slated to give a keynote address during the conference.

S.C. State Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome also will give a presentation, and Jody Encarnation, a corporate business consultant and researcher, will talk about connecting academic strengths with industry needs.

The summit includes academic and industry panels covering the following topics: port, ground transportation and warehousing; medium-size companies; and large companies.

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