A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend the bi-annual meeting of the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative. You can learn more about the cooperative here, but in a nutshell the program, which is run by North Carolina State University, pairs up students in the supply chain studies undergraduate and graduate programs with businesses that need research help on specific supply chain related projects. The students are assigned to an actual company, given a problem, and then asked to analyze the program and provide recommendations.

The meeting attendees were primarily faculty and staff on the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative, representatives from businesses that are members of the cooperative, and others with an interest in the program. Over the course of two days, students presented the results of their work for that semester. The theme of the meeting was the use of market intelligence in the supply chain, and several speakers gave their take on that topic.

Overall, I was very impressed with the presentations, which drilled into more detail then I have come to expect based on other supply chain related seminars I have attended. The students knew the industry well and the co-op provides them with the real world experience needed to hit the ground running after graduation. We were there looking for talent to recruit, and what we found was a motivated, knowledgeable, and experienced group of potential new hires. If you are lucky enough to be hiring during this recession, I strongly recommend reaching out to the co-op to learn more.
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Joe Payne

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