Category Archives: Supply Chain Management

Walton College Clinical Professor Honored by North American Case Research Association

A clinical assistant professor of Supply Chain Management at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas has been honored by the North American Case Research Association for his collaboration with an Arkansas company to produce a case study on the introduction of a new product.

David Graham Hyatt created the teaching case, “Delta Plastics of the South: Conserving Water in the Delta” and the accompanying instructor’s manual after conducting interviews with company leadership and an honors colloquium project in Fall 2015. At this year’s association conference, held in Las Vegas in October, the case was one of two bronze award-winning entries for best case, selected from 113 eligible cases submitted.

The ongoing project was made possible by support from the Walton College Worthen Case Fund and a grant from the Wally Cordes Teaching and Faculty Support Center.

The case concerns Delta Plastics’ introduction of Pipe Planner, a product that helps calculate the hole sizes in plastic irrigation pipe widely used by farmers in the delta regions of Arkansas, Missouri, Mississippi and Louisiana. Use of the product lowers irrigation costs and lessens the water draw on the shrinking Mississippi Alluvial Aquifer, which provides most of the water for irrigation in the delta.

Research: Consumer Sentiment Yields Insights Into ‘Flash Sales’

The consumer search for online bargains has contributed to the recent popularity of “flash sales,” which offer limited quantities of products at a discount for a limited time.

Consider Amazon Prime Day, for instance. On July 12, 2016, Amazon offered thousands of products at huge discounts on flash sales that lasted minutes. Many people were able to snatch great deals, but others were disappointed when accessing Amazon’s website just to find that the deals they were looking for had sold out.

Annibal Sodero
Annibal Sodero: Assistant Professor, Department of Supply Chain Management

Annibal Sodero, assistant professor in the supply chain management department at the Walton College, led research to better understand how retailers, such as Amazon, can better forecast sales and set prices accordingly for flash sale deals in order to satisfy demand, without risking being left with overstock. Continue reading Research: Consumer Sentiment Yields Insights Into ‘Flash Sales’

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.

Images From Supply Chain Management Research Center Conference