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 University of Tennessee Supply Chain Forum Adds Twelve New Sponsors

UT Global Supply Chain.The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Global Supply Chain Institute welcomes 12 new sponsoring companies to its Supply Chain Forum: APL Logistics, Averitt Express, Bayer Healthcare, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc., Dover Corporation, Ernst & Young LLP, Inmar, Martin-Brower, ModusLink, Nestlé USA, Procter & Gamble, and The Walt Disney Company.

Over 150 executives representing 47 companies currently sponsor the forum, making it the largest supply chain forum in the academic world. 

"Our Supply Chain Forum sponsors enjoy a wide range of benefits including education, networking, and recruiting top-ranked students," said Paul Dittmann, executive director of UT's Global Supply Chain Institute. "They learn best practices, arm themselves with practical ideas, have first-look access to the latest supply chain research,, and receive special pricing on UT executive education."

For nearly two decades, UT's top-ranked supply chain management faculty has hosted a U.S.-based forum for corporate leaders, professors, and students to share ideas about the latest supply chain issues. Held twice a year, the three-day meetings include presentations, breakout sessions, and networking receptions. 

The forum's 47 current sponsors include Alcoa, Amazon, Amway, APL Logistics, Averitt Express, Avery Dennison, Bayer Healthcare, BNSF Railway, Boeing, Boise Inc., Bush Brothers & Company, Caterpillar Logistics, Cintas Corporation, Colgate-Palmolive, ConAgra Foods, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc., Deere & Company, Defense Logistics Agency, Dell Inc., Dover Corporation, Eastman Chemical Company, Ernst & Young LLC, Estee Lauder, Honeywell International, Inmar, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Kenco Logistic Services, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Lowe's Companies, Macy's, Martin-Brower, McCormick & Company Inc., ModusLink, Nestlé USA, Nissan North America, OfficeMax, OHL, Pepsico, Procter & Gamble, Radio Systems Corporation, Ryder, Terra Technology, The Walt Disney Company, Whirlpool Corporation, Winn-Dixie Stores Inc., and WWL Vehicle Services Americas Inc.

"The forum faculty's approach to supply chain management is unique," said Alan Wilson, CEO of McCormick Foods. "It reflects the real-world challenge of matching volatile global demand with ever-changing sources of supply. It represents the forefront of research in supply chain management and focuses on the complex problems companies face in today's global environment."

A natural outgrowth of UT's highly successful U.S.-based Supply Chain Forum is its new Global Supply Chain Forum, launched June 2011 in Paris, France, in partnership with the top-ranked ESSEC Business School. Similar in structure to the U.S.-based forum, the international forum enables members from multiple industries and a global faculty to focus on worldwide and region-specific supply chain issues in locations across the globe.

UT's Global Supply Chain Institute, housed in the College of Business Administration's Center for Executive Education, unites under one umbrella the college’s broad spectrum of supply chain offerings. The institute includes the delivery of degree, non-degree and custom executive education programs; worldwide industry forums; research initiatives; custom programs; global partnerships; corporate audits;  and more. It brings a global perspective to supply chain issues through its relationships with academic institutions in Asia, Latin America, and Central and Western Europe.

For more information on the Supply Chain and Global Supply Chain Forums, visit and respectively.

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