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Meehan Receives Supply Chain Scholarship

McKenzie Meehan, a junior majoring in supply chain management at the Sam M. Walton College of Business, at the University of Arkansas, was awarded an Excellence in Education Scholarship by AWESOME (Achieving Women’s Excellence in Supply Chain Operations, Management, and Education). Meehan is one of five recipients nationally to receive the award.

AWESOME is comprised of women in executive roles in the supply chain industry. Each year the organization invites 22 universities with top supply chain programs to nominate one student to compete for the scholarship. Faculty members nominate young women currently enrolled in supply chain programs who demonstrate supply chain leadership.

“I am excited that McKenzie received this award because I believe that she embodies the characteristics that make for a successful supply chain leader,” said Stephanie Thomas, clinical assistant professor at the Walton College. “She is highly motivated, willing to work hard, equally comfortable in a leadership or supporting role, dependable and coachable. The connections she will make through this scholarship award will be invaluable to her future supply chain career.”

The AWESOME Excellence in Education scholarship will allow Meehan to participate in the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals EDGE Conference in Anaheim, California, in September 2019 and the AWESOME Symposium in May 2020.

“This scholarship allows me the chance to acquire knowledge and experience from incredible women and industry leading companies and then extend that investment from myself to the other students here at Walton College,” Meehan said.

Recently the Chancellor’s Commission on Women named Meehan one of the University of Arkansas’ Extraordinary Women. She also serves as the president of Women Impacting Supply Chain Excellence, a registered student organization on campus, and is a student member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, a national professional organization. Meehan is personnel chair for the Chi Omega sorority and chairs the senior relations committee for the Student Alumni Board at the University of Arkansas. She interned with Academy Sports + Outdoors last summer and will intern with General Mills this summer. She hails from Overland Park, Kansas.

The additional student scholarship recipients for 2019 attend Michigan State University, Auburn University, Penn State and Syracuse University. Previous scholarship winners from the University of Arkansas are Kyani Alford, a 2016 recipient, and Monica Sewell, a 2018 recipient. 

EPIC Alumni Spotlight: Lingyun Zhang

The enduring career of Lingyun Zhang is the confluence of life-long passions, influences and experiences, starting in China, moving to America, and then back overseas. Although she primarily focuses on marketing strategies in her graduate pursuits, Zhang also enjoyed the experience of earning a degree at the Sam M. Walton College of Business in supply chain management this past May.

“During my time as an undergraduate, when I learned the concepts and skills in supply chain management and other business-related courses like finance, accounting and marketing, I gradually realized that separated knowledge could contribute little help to being successful as an entrepreneur,” said Zhang. “Supply chain management helps a company save money while marketing skills help the company increase sales. I desire more comprehensive knowledge about how to run a company in the future.”

Before Zhang studied abroad, she earned her first Bachelor’s degree in logistics management at Soochow University which is based in Suzhou, China. Driven to succeed, Zhang was awarded the Academic Excellence Award prize three times alongside her other academic awards that highlighted her community involvement, innovation and quality development.

Zhang held two different positions at Soochow University during her enrollment, one as vice president for Enactus and the other as associate director for the Students’ Union. Her involvement with students, awards and scholarships she obtained pushed her to study abroad and pursue a degree in supply chain management, as she was granted the Soochow University Overseas Study Scholarship in 2017.

Lingyun Zhang, Walton College alumna“My academic experiences at the University of Arkansas had a profound impact on me, but the relationships I built with my instructors, classmates, and friends are absolutely the most invaluable things in my mind.”

In her free time, Zhang enjoys spending time outdoors, exploring with her friends and being with her family. Her mother and father both live in China, which influenced her returning home after her studies concluded at the University of Arkansas.

During her time in the Walton College, Zhang held a spot on the Chancellor and Dean’s List. In just one academic year, she and her classmates from Soochow accumulated 47 credits. Zhang was among the highest performing students in her class, obtaining a 4.0 grade point average throughout her experiences abroad.

 What Zhang has learned from her academic courses has proven invaluable during her internships, with Walmart China being her first in 2016. As a project intern in the Supply Chain Department, Zhang was responsible for the system upgrade of the Team Productivity Report for the Fresh Distribution Centre. Her responsibilities entailed eliminating inefficient jobs, redefining new roles and presupposing the criteria for working hours and work efficiency assessments.

Presently, Zhang resides as a digital marketing intern for Wyeth Nutrition based in Shanghai, where she directly communicates with multiple departments to support campaigns’ follow up and convenient operation.

Time management in her administrative work is a direct reflection of one of the many skills she acquired during her time at the Walton College. Continuously engaging in administrative work, Zhang still finds time to pursue her research interests, involving marketing strategies and analysis rooted in Chinese tradition and media.

Lingyun Zhang, Walton College alumna

“Enjoy your time in academia, even the quizzes and tests,” said Zhang. “I’ve learned that problems are not limited to answer selections; issues outside of school are much harder to solve and not always as clear-cut.”

We are proud to have Lingyun Zhang as one of our EPIC Spotlights as she continues to make global progress and encourages other women to do the same!

 — Blair Carver, SCMRC Communication Coordinator

Walton College Center to Host Supply Chain Conference April 17

A conference on Trends in Supply Chain Management: Disruptive Innovation will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Enterprise Development at the University of Arkansas. Professionals in logistics, manufacturing and retail industries are invited to attend.

The conference will be hosted by the Supply Chain Management Research Center and the Executive Education program at the Sam M. Walton College of Business.

2018 Trends in Supply Chain Management: Disruptive InnovationExecutives from Walmart, Tyson Foods, J.B. Hunt Transport Inc., GRIT Studios and Roland Berger will discuss supply chain disruptors, artificial intelligence, changes in commerce implementation and innovative culture.

“Commerce is changing rapidly and, consequently, supply chain professionals must be constantly learning and adapting,” said Brent Williams, associate dean for executive education and outreach for Walton College. “This conference is an opportunity to hear from industry leaders and to network with other supply chain professionals.”

Speakers or panelists include:

  • Stephan Keese, senior partner, Roland Berger
  • Jeremy Verba, general manager, Vudu
  • Tim Madigan, vice president, eCommerce, Tyson Foods
  • Avery Vise, vice president, Transportation Intelligence, FTR
  • Rick Webb, cofounder, GRIT Studios
  • Greg Smith, executive vice president, Supply Chain, Walmart
  • Shelley Simpson, chief commercial officer, J.B. Hunt

To register for the conference, visit scmr.uark.edu. Pre-registration is required. Conference fees are $500 per person and include breakfast, lunch, snacks, beverages and parking. For additional information or to register more than five attendees, email execed@walton.uark.edu or contact Blythe Eggleston at 479-575-5871.

EPIC Student Story – Landri McGregor

Landri McGregor is a senior at the University of Arkansas majoring in both supply chain and marketing in the Sam M. Walton College of Business. Originally from Golden, Colo., she decided to become a Razorback because her mom graduated with her MBA from Arkansas. Landri comes from a family of accountants and had originally planned to pursue her degree in accounting too, until she signed up for a supply chain class.

She told her mom she was going to pursue her degree in supply chain. She says it’s an exciting time to be in supply chain. It is a hot topic in the business world, and it is a competitive advantage for companies. It can help move them forward.

Like many other students with an interest in business, she wanted to study abroad and see more parts of the world. Her first experience was in India. While there, she learned about differences in transportation and logistics in India compared to the U.S. This experience has helped her understand trends and cultural considerations which impact the supply chain. The experience was a pivotal experience for her and she highly recommends to other students to study abroad.

Landri has also had several internship opportunities which have helped to prepare her for a career after graduation. Last summer, she worked at Walmart on the In-Store Activations team for the oral care department. She worked closely with their Innovations team, conducting research to ensure oral care products catch customers attention. This also added to her knowledge of the supply chain and how uncontrollable factors effect the supply chain. For example, the weather can drastically reduce the efficiency of a supply chain. Her biggest take away from this internship is how quickly retail is changing in real-time. There is so much change happening, but fundamentally the goals remain the same.

She now works at Nestle and has been offered a position to participate in their supply chain development program. She will start in Cleveland, Ohio, in their supply chain offices, and will move to other locations learning sourcing, factory and distribution center work. The program will help develop her skill and expertise in supply chain and logistics, and she is excited her supply chain degree has led her to this opportunity.

Landri is a role model for leadership and volunteerism. She currently serves as the vice president of Beta Gamma Sigma, is a member of the supply chain honors society, and until very recently chapter president of Kappa Kappa Gamma. Outside of school, she volunteers in elementary schools with children as part of Fundamentals for Kids program, lending her time as a teacher’s aide or reading to the kids.

Google, IBM and SamsClub.com Executives to Speak at Trends in Technology Conference

Leaders from Google, IBM, SamsClub.com, QVC, Starship Technologies and useAIble will be featured at the 2017 Trends in Technology Conference on Wednesday, April 26, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the John Q. Hammons Convention Center in Rogers.

The conference, hosted by the Center for Retailing Excellence and the Supply Chain Management Research Center at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, will present technology trends affecting retailers and supply chains.

A highlight of the conference will be a conversation between Nathalie Walton, strategic partnerships lead, Google Shopping/Emerging Business Development at Google, and Jamie Iannone, president and chief executive officer of SamsClub.com.

“I am excited to discuss trends in e-commerce, online growth and other technology challenges with Jamie Iannone of SamsClub.com,” Walton said. “Brands like SamsClub.com continue to lead the charge with data analytics, business strategy and business execution.”

Iannone brings a wealth of insight to building an online presence and enhancing the retail experience. Also featured at the conference is Ben Emmrich, strategic partner developer at Google, who manages strategic partnerships with top-tier retailers utilizing the online marketplace Google Express.

Brigid McDermott, vice president, Blockchain Business Development at IBM, will deliver the conference’s keynote address on driving the growth of emerging technologies to improve banking, supply chains and innovation, all while reducing costs and risks. Other speakers include Linda Dillman, chief information officer, retired, at QVC; Nick Handrick, head of operations at Starship Technologies, and Rix Ryskamp, chief executive officer and founder of useAIble.

Registration for the event is $750 for the general public, with group rates available, or $250 for Walton College MBA students or alumni.

For more information and to register, visit cre.uark.edu/2017-conference.php.

High School Students Learn Retail and Supply Chain Management

Thirteen rising junior and senior high school students participated in the Retail Supply Chain Management Camp hosted by the Center for Retailing Excellence and the Supply Chain Management Research Center at the Sam M. Walton College of Business. Continue reading High School Students Learn Retail and Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Management Award Winners Selected

The Department of Supply Chain Management is pleased to announce the award winners for the 2015/2016 academic year.

Rachel Stoehr and Carole Shook
Rachel Stoehr (left) is congratulated by supply chain instructor Carole Shook for being selected as the Sigma Chi Mu Tau Leadership Award winner.

The Sigma Chi Mu Tau Honor Society, founded at the University of Arkansas in 2016, named the inaugural Sigma Chi Mu Tau Leadership Award winner Rachel Stoehr. Rachel graduated in May 2016 with a B.S.B.A. with a focus in supply chain management. Rachel was the captain of the University of Arkansas Swim and Dive team for two years conducting 400 consecutive meetings for the team. She was also a veteran leader in the University of Arkansas Athletic Leadership Academy. The Sigma Chi Mu Tau Leadership Award is given to the graduating senior who is a member of Sigma Chi Mu Tau Honors Society who has exhibited strong leadership over their college career.

The John Ozment Outstanding Junior award winner is Jonathan Schultz, a junior with double majors in supply chain management and economics. Jonathan is a member of the Honors Executive Board for the Walton College, the Head Delegate at the Model UN competition for the University of Arkansas, the co-president of Sigma Chi Mu Tau Supply Chain Management Honors Society, and the co-vice president of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honors Society among many other activities. He participated with the University of Arkansas team that won second place nationally at the Operations Stimulus Case Competition in Denver. He has had internships at Kraft/Heinz and Nestle.

Cynthia Cooper, Tyler Ho, Ryan Pinter and Rachel Stoehr were recognized as outstanding seniors. Each of these students graduated in May 2016 with strong GPAs and a wide range of leadership and work experiences.

Walton Students Place Second in Denver Supply Chain Case Competition

Students from the Sam M. Walton College of Business placed second in the Operation Stimulus Denver Case Competition held Feb. 4-6. Teams from 16 top-ranked universities converged in Denver to take part in a transportation, logistics and supply chain competition hosted by the Denver Transportation Club, a non-profit dedicated to create interest in transportation.

l-r Sarah Wiles, Jonathan Schultz, Layseen Chen Torres and Andreas Kofler
left to right: Walton supply chain management students Sarah Wiles, Jonathan Schultz, Layseen Chen Torres and Andreas Kofler placed second in the 2016 Denver Case Competition.

The Walton team — Sarah Wiles, Jonathan Schultz, Layseen Chen Torres and Andreas Kofler – competed against teams from Syracuse University, Iowa State University and Weber State University, winning round one on the first day of the competition. In the final round, the Walton team competed against teams from University of Manitoba, University of North Texas and Colorado State University.

“Our team was well prepared. After receiving the case, they worked together without feedback from faculty or others for over 40 hours each prior to the competition. Their critical thinking, presentation and technical skills in their major paid off,” said John Kent, director, Supply Chain Management Research Center, and team adviser. “They described their solution as a ‘symmetrical rotational distribution center’ and presented it using graphical animation and created their own mathematical model used to calculate efficiency.”

The four Walton students are majoring in supply chain management and were selected from a group of approximately 25 students who replied to a call for case competition team members, which was open to more than 400 supply chain management majors.