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Supply Chain Lessons From NW Arkansas with Donnie Williams

The Logistics of Logistics Podcast

Release Date: 04/25/2022

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Supply Chain Lessons From NW Arkansas with Donnie Williams

Donnie Williams and Joe Lynch discuss supply chain lessons from NW Arkansas. Donnie is an Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management and the Executive Director of the Supply Chain Management Research Center in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas.

About Donnie Williams

Donnie Williams, Ph.D. in an Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management and the Executive Director of the Supply Chain Management Research Center in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. Dr. Williams has a BBA in Finance, an MBA and. Ph.D. in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, all from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA. Donnie has a passion to build a bridge between the logistics/supply chain industry and academia, seeking to build relationships that will benefit students, practitioners and faculty in a collaborative environment.  Dr. Williams’ professional experience includes warehouse operations, project management and leadership training.  His work has been published in various academic and practitioner journals, including the International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Transportation Journal, Marketing Theory and Practice, Transportation Management Journal, Supply Chain Management Review and Supply Chain Quarterly.  Dr. Williams is also part of a team of researchers that provides the annual DC Measures Benchmarking study for the Warehouse Educators Research Council (WERC).

Department of Supply Chain Management at the Sam M. Walton College of Business

Northwest Arkansas is the beating heart of the world's supply chain industry. The Department of Supply Chain Management at the Sam M. Walton College of Business is uniquely positioned by its close proximity to over 300 Fortune 500 companies that have established satellite operations in Northwest Arkansas to support the world's largest retailer. In addition to faculty expertise, our students benefit from the Walton College Supply Chain Management Research Center, which connects students to industry executives, internships, and job opportunities. Recognizing the quality of the SCM program faculty and graduates, the U.S. News & World Report has rated the Walton Supply Chain program among the best in the United States.Since its founding at the University of Arkansas in 1926, the Sam M. Walton College of Business has grown to become the state's premier college of business – as well as a nationally competitive business school. Through teaching, research, and service, Walton College is a thought leader and a catalyst for transforming lives in Arkansas, the United States and the world. The mission of the Sam M. Walton College of Business is to advance and disseminate business knowledge using a diverse, inclusive, and global perspective and to encourage innovation in our primary strategic endeavors: Retail, Data Analytics, and Entrepreneurship.

Key Takeaways: Supply Chain Lessons From NW Arkansas

  • Donnie Williams, Ph.D. in an Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management and the Executive Director of the Supply Chain Management Research Center in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas.
  • In the podcast interview, Donnie and Joe discussed supply chain lessons from Northwest Arkansas (NWA).
  • Northwest Arkansas is a metropolitan area and region in Arkansas within the Ozark Mountains that includes four of the ten largest cities in the state: Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, and Bentonville, the surrounding towns of Benton and Washington counties.
  • The United States Census Bureau defined Fayetteville–Springdale–Rogers Metropolitan Statistical Area includes 3,213.01 square miles and 546,725 residents (as of 2020), ranking NWA as the 105th most-populous metropolitan areas in the United States.
  • NWA is also one of the fastest growing regions in the USA thanks in part to the growth of Walmart, Tyson Foods, ArcBest, J. B. Hunt, which are all based in the region.
  • Because of the companies above a lot of logistics and supply chain companies moved to the region.
  • The co-location led to unprecedented amounts of collaboration, cross-pollination, and innovation.
  • With all that supply chain talent living in the area, it was no surprise that The Department of Supply Chain Management at the University of Arkansas became the best supply chain program according to Gartner.
  • The focus on supply chain in the community, university, and corporations has led to the region being recognized as a hub for logistics and supply chain innovation.

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