Dell Honored For Contributions to Supply Chain Management

University of Maryland Business School gives company Person of the Year award for contributions to the logistics, transportation and supply chain management industry

College Park, MD — October 31, 2005 — In a twist on tradition, the Logistics, Transportation and Supply Chain Management Society (LTSCM Society) and the Supply Chain Club (SCC) of the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business have named Dell Inc. as the 2005 Person of the Year.

The LTSCM Society and SCC traditionally present the annual award to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the logistics, transportation and supply chain management industry. The 2005 award went to Dell in recognition of its corporate-wide contribution — and the efforts of not a single person, but many — to the field of global supply chain and logistics management.

Ro Parra, Dell's senior vice president of Americas operations and a Smith School alumnus, 1982, accepted the award on behalf of Dell in a ceremony at the university.

Dell continues to represent the state-of-the-art for supply chain and logistics management resulting in optimal competitive advantage and high financial performance for the company, said William DeWitt, Tyser teaching fellow of logistics, transportation and supply chain management at the Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Supply chain management is a critical part of the process of successfully creating and selling products in the global economy, said Parra. Supply chain management is a core competency at Dell. We understand the importance of having educational programs, faculty and facilities such as those at the Smith School that actively promote supply chain management best practices and industry advances.

The LTSCM Society provides networking and career development opportunities for Smith School undergraduate students, while the SCC provides networking and placement opportunities for the school's MBA students. Each year, the groups present the Person of the Year Award to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the logistics, transportation and supply chain management industry. The award is presented as part of LTSCM Industry Day, which also includes a career fair. As many as 80 recruiters from more than 30 companies are expected to participate in this year's event.

Previous Person of the Year honorees include Linda Morgan, former chair of the Surface Transportation Board and the Interstate Commerce Commission; Herb Johnson, past president of the Council of Logistics Management; and Edward Emmett, president of the National Industrial Transportation League.

Read more about Dell's supply chain in the article, Bridging the Reality Gap, from the August/September 2005 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive.

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