UA's Walton College, J.B. Hunt Host Supply Chain Forum

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013 9:11 am  

Walton Business College Dean Eli Jones

Nearly 300 sales executives from across the United States who work for J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. attended the company’s supply chain forum July 30-Aug. 1 on the University of Arkansas campus.

The forum was organized and hosted by the department of supply chain management in the Sam M. Walton College of Business.

"We are honored that the company chose the Walton College as the place to hold this event for their sales executives," said Eli Jones, dean of the Walton College, in a news release. "They recognize that our supply chain management department is doing some of the most advanced research in the field right here at Walton College, and we were thrilled to be able to share the insights from our distinguished faculty."

The kickoff for the three-day forum featured Jones; John Roberts, J.B. Hunt president and chief executive officer; Shelley Simpson, J.B. Hunt chief marketing officer; Chris Wyrick, vice chancellor for University Advancement; and Matt Waller, chair of the supply chain management department at the Walton College.

"We were pleased to partner with the department of supply chain management," Simpson said. "As an alumna of the Walton College, I am confident that this forum was beneficial to both J.B. Hunt and the college."

The forum sessions covered topics ranging from sales to logistics outsourcing to global trends in supply chain management. The format of the conference included large group presentations and small group breakout sessions. The sessions were led by Walton College faculty and senior-level executives from J.B. Hunt.

One of the highlights of the final day was Waller’s session on "The Next Big Things" in supply chain management. "We were proud to share the research-based knowledge of our faculty with executives and sales leaders from one of the top practitioners in transportation, logistics and supply chain management today," Waller said.



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