Skip to main content

KNOXVILLE—The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Global Supply Chain Institute welcomes Pilot Flying J as the 48th sponsor of its Supply Chain Forum.

With more than 150 executives, representing forty-eight companies, currently sponsoring the forum, it is the largest supply chain forum in the academic world.

“Our Supply Chain Forum sponsors enjoy a wide range of benefits, including education, networking, and recruiting top-ranked students,” said Paul Dittmann, executive director of the institute. “They learn best practices, arm themselves with practical ideas, have first-look access to the latest supply chain research, and receive special pricing on UT executive education.”

For nearly two decades, UT’s top-ranked supply chain management faculty has hosted a US-based forum for corporate leaders, professors, and students to share ideas about the latest supply chain issues. Held twice a year, the three-day meetings include presentations, breakout sessions, and networking receptions.

The forum’s forty-eight current sponsors include Alcoa, Amazon, Amway, APL Logistics, Averitt Express, Avery Dennison, Bayer Healthcare, BNSF Railway, Boeing, Boise Inc., Bush Brothers & Company, Caterpillar Logistics, Cintas Corporation, Colgate-Palmolive, ConAgra Foods, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc., Deere & Company, Defense Logistics Agency, Dell Inc., Dover Corporation, Eastman Chemical Company, Ernst & Young LLC, Estee Lauder, Honeywell International, Inmar, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Kenco Logistic Services, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Lowe’s Companies, Macy’s, Martin-Brower, McCormick & Company Inc., ModusLink, Nestlé USA, Nissan North America, OfficeMax, OHL, Pepsico, Pilot Flying J, Procter & Gamble, Radio Systems Corporation, Ryder, Terra Technology, The Walt Disney Company, Whirlpool Corporation, Winn-Dixie Stores Inc., and WWL Vehicle Services Americas Inc.

A natural outgrowth of UT’s US-based Supply Chain Forum is its new Global Supply Chain Forum, launched June 2011 in Paris, France, in partnership with the top-ranked ESSEC Business School. Similar in structure to the US forum, the international forum enables members from multiple industries and a global faculty to focus on worldwide and region-specific supply chain issues in locations across the globe.

UT’s Global Supply Chain Institute, housed in the College of Business Administration’s Center for Executive Education, unites under one umbrella the college’s broad spectrum of supply chain offerings. The institute includes the delivery of degree, non-degree, and custom executive education programs; worldwide industry forums; research initiatives; custom programs; global partnerships; corporate audits; and more. It brings a global perspective to supply chain issues through its relationships with academic institutions in Asia, Latin America, and Central and Western Europe.

C O N T A C T :

Cindy Raines (865-974-4359,