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October 9, 2015 – Fort Valley State University students in Warehousing & Terminal Management class recently received a behind-the-scenes tour of the state-of-the-art Tractor Supply Distribution Center in Macon to observe operations in a modern warehouse. Dr. Samuel Gyapong, chair of the Department of Business Administration and Economics and professor for the course, accompanied the seven students on the visit. According to Gyapong, the purpose was to expose students to Supply Chain Logistics Management careers and give them a hands-on feel of how warehouses operate.
“I believe that students appreciate this type of exposure” the professor said. “When they see a functioning facility like a warehouse in operation, they get a better understanding of what they learn about it in the classroom”.
According to Gyapong, the demand is growing for supply chain managers in both the private and public sectors of the economy. FVSU’s Supply Chain Management minor, launched in 2011, is a 15-credit hour program.
The tour guide for the day was Eric Jones, an alumnus of FVSU, and the operations manager at the Tractor Supply Company Distribution Center. Jones has worked with the company since 1992. He was accompanied by the general manager and the human resources manager, CeCedric Harris. On arrival at the facility, the students were served donuts and juices in the briefing room while various managers took turns using power point presentations to brief them about the establishment and growth history of the firm, its mission, vision and strategic objectives which are conspicuously displayed throughout the warehouse, and the operating philosophy of the warehouse. After refreshments, students took a tour of the facility.
During the two-hour long tour, the FVSU students had the opportunity to observe some of the activities in the warehouse such as the handling of inbound items including tagging of pallet loads with license plates and moving them to designated storage areas. Many of the operations were automated, and a Warehouse Management Information System connected to the Arkansas headquarters, is used to monitor the location and movement of goods in and out of warehouse.
The TS Warehouse in Macon is a distribution center that serves a number of the companies’ stores in central Georgia.
Gyapong also is planning a trip to the Savannah Sea Port for his students.
The professor said he wants to see the Supply Chain Logistics Program at FVSU expand into a bachelor’s degree program because of the growing demand for graduates throughout the economy and because of the program’s potential to increase enrollment at FVSU.
For details, contact Gyapong at (478) 825-6271.
Christina D. Milton, public relations specialist
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