The FedEx Center for Supply Chain Management was established
in 1993 as
a strategic alliance
between FedEx and The University of Memphis (originally titled the
FedEx Center for Cycle Time
Research). Part of the FedEx Institute of Technology, the FedEx Center
is a leader in applied
supply chain management research. The FedEx Center for Supply Chain
Management was the
recipient of the 2003 Academic Excellence Award by the Tennessee State
Board of Regents
in recognition of its accomplishments.
Over the past decade, few topics have received more attention in the
business world than supply
chain management (SCM). Integrated supply chain management is now
recognized as a core
competitive strategy. As organizations continuously seek to provide
their products and services
to customers faster, better and cheaper than the competition, managers
have come to realize that
they cannot do it alone. Organizations are now taking a broad "systems"
view of the entire supply
chain required to design, produce, and deliver their products and
services. Businesses are working
more closely with both their suppliers and customers to meet the needs
of the ultimate consumer. This represents a major change for many
organizations. By creating information visibility through
the innovative use of information technology, developing collaboration
and trust among supply chain
member organizations, and integrating and improving supply chain
process performance, organizations
can transform their supply chains into high-performing value systems.
These value systems provide a
real competitive advantage in the marketplace.
The FedEx Center for Supply Chain Management is helping organizations
locally, nationally, and
internationally meet their key supply chain management challenges.