Feb 18, 2012

Top 10 Supply Chain Management Schools

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London Business School: impressive, no?
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10.) University of South Australia

Located in the City of Adelaide, the University of South Australia’s supply chain management program’s course structure organization is matched only by the City’s rigid design. Opened relatively recently in 1991, you could do worse than studying in Adelaide, affectionately known by locals as the “City of Parks and Churches.”


9.) University of Pennsylvania

As the world’s first collegiate business school, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School has a long history of success. Established in 1881, the Wharton school focuses primarily on accounting and business, making it a prime location to learn the procurement industry. The world-renowned staff doesn’t hurt, either, as the school’s faculty is the world’s most published.



8.) Arizona State University

Supply chain enthusiasts who hate the rain flock to Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business. Located in Tempe, Ariz., the Carey School of Business is one of the largest in the United States with close to 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and offers Masters degrees in specialty fields like supply chain financial management.


7.) Carnegie Mellon University

Another Pennsylvania school makes it on the list, as Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business is widely recognized as a top supply chain management school. The private institution offers a wide variety of supply chain-related courses, and teaches its courses based primarily on the management science theories, which are in contrast to the more widely used case method approach.


6.) International Institute for Management Development

Located in the French-speaking City of Lausanne on Lake Geneva, the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) offers more than just pleasing views of the Swiss Alps. Formed from the merger of two highly regarded business centers, IMD’s supply chain management aptitude draws several upper-level executives each year, and is one of the more exclusive supply chain events in the world.


5.) Michigan State University

Perennially ranked near the top when it comes to business schools within the United States, Michigan State’s Eli Broad College of Business houses some of the brightest minds when it comes to the world of logistics. The school’s supply chain management undergraduate degree was ranked No. 2 in 2011 by the U.S. News & World Report.


4.) HEC Paris

This French school’s supply chain management department is small, but don’t be fooled by the numbers. HEC Paris’ Operations Management & Information Technology program is diverse, as seen by the seven nationalities represented on staff. That diversity has paid dividends when it comes to higher education, as the team has written seven books and close to 40 journal essays.


3.) London Business School

The world has historically been connected through the British Empire, so it makes sense that one of the world’s top supply chain management schools resides in London. The City’s Management Science and Operations school offers students the chance to learn logistics based on decision modeling and analysis and optimization.


2.) Rotterdam School of Management

This one may surprise some people, but the Rotterdam School of Management’s Erasmus University is arguably the top supply chain management institution in all of Europe. It’s hard to argue with facts, however, and the port at Rotterdam is the largest commercial port in Europe and home to many of the world’s brightest supply chain minds.


1.) Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Arguably the world’s most prestigious university, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology leaves no stone unturned when it comes to education. With an endowment that touched $10 billion last year alone, funding is not exactly at a premium for MIT, which houses perhaps the best staff and best facilities in the world. Supply chain management may not be the main focus of the academic institution, but that’s like saying Michelangelo’s David was not his best work. It’s still somewhere between ‘spectacular’ and ‘breathtaking,’ just like MIT’s supply chain management program. The MIT Forum for Supply Chain Innovation is one of the best forward-thinking groups in the business, and holds seminars around the world (and even on Videocast), educating supply chain managers on the latest logistics trends. 

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Aug 24, 2018

Top 10 air freight carriers

Supply Chain
James Henderson
5 min
Supply Chain |Digital runs down the world's top 10 air freight carriers
10. Cargolux Group

10. Cargolux Group

The Luxembourgish freight carrier Cargolux Group (comprised of Cargolux Airlines and Cargolux Italia, established in 2008) remained in the number 10 spot, with a total reported FTK (Freight Tonne Kilometer) equaling 7.45 bn, which represents a 7.7% expansion year-over-year. The carrier group currently operates a fleet of 30 aircraft (26 through Cargolux Airlines and an addition four through Cargolux Italia), primarily variants of the Boeing 747.


9. Korean Air

Headquartered in Seoul, Korean Air provides cargo and passenger services to over 100 destinations in 44 countries. The carrier fell from eighth place in the previous year’s rankings, with a total FTK of 7.66 bn, representing a 7.1% decrease year-over-year. Korean Air reported a net revenue of $10.7bn in 2017, also reporting a return to profitability for the first time in five years, according to Forbes.





 8. Air France-KLM

The Air France-KLM freight carrier group was founded in 1947. The group is comprised of Air France, KLM, and Martinair, and is based in Paris, France. Falling from seventh place in the Freight 50 rankings, the carrier reported a total FTK of 8.13 bn, which represents a 9.2% decrease in traffic year-over-year. The group reported a net revenue of $29.08bn at the end of 2017 and is ranked #28 on Forbes Magazine’s list of Best Employers.




7. Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways, the nationally owned airline of the Kingdom of Qatar is based in Doha, and ascended two places in the Freight 50 rankings, with a total FTK of 9.22 bn, representing a 19.6% increase in comparison to the previous financial year. The carrier’s Cargo division recently launched facilities at its hub in Doha to provide a “Seamless Cool Chain”, comprised of a “2,470 square metres Climate Control Centre situated at the airside… equipped with segregated temperature-controlled sections for storing pharmaceuticals and perishables.” This end-to-end supply chain control is expected to further improve Qatar’s standing as a leader of Middle Eastern air freight.







6. Lufthansa Group

Based in Cologne, Germany, the Lufthansa Group (comprised of Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian, and Brussels Airlines) fell from the fourth position in the Freight 50, with a combined FTK of 9.46 bn. While this represents a 1.6% increase in traffic, year-over-year, the carrier was forced down the list by drastic growth from other German freight company, DHL. According to Forbes, Lufthansa’s revenue and net profits ($41.5 bn and $2.78 bn, respectively) in 2017 are both the highest reported by the company over a ten-year period.



5. Cathay Group

The Cathay Group (composed of Cathay Pacific Airlines and Dragonair) is headquartered in Hong Kong and its Cargo division accounts for 21% of the airline’s total revenue. The company’s first dedicated cargo flight between Hong Kong, Frankfurt, and London, was established in 1981, according to the official site. Now, Cathay Pacific’s Cargo Division services over 47 destinations worldwide. The carrier fell from the fourth position on the Freight 50 ranking, as its total FTK fell by 3.6%, to 10.21 bn. According to Forbes, Cathay Pacific experienced a second year of unprofitability, although the airline’s asset portfolio reached a record high in 2017, with a net value of $24.1bn.





4. DHL Express Group

Operating as the largest European carrier group, DHL Express Group (composed of DHL Air, DHL International, Air Hong Kong, Polar Air Cargo, ABX Air, Southern Air, Aerologic, and EAT Leipzig) rose two positions in the Freight 50 rankings. The carrier reported a total FTK of 10.56 bn, which represents an increase of 15.1% year-over-year. In 2018, at the Farnborough Air Show, DHL Express announced the purchase of 14 Boeing 777s, part of a new strategy to modernise its fleet.




3. UPS Airlines

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, UPS Airlines is part of United Parcel Service, Inc. Founded in 1908, UPS is the oldest company in the Top Ten, and retained third place in the Freight 50 rankings, with a total FTK of 11.26 bn. This represents a 3.9% increase year-over-year. The Company as a whole reported a net revenue of $67.7 bn, according to Forbes, representing a continuation of a ten-year trend of continuous growth. Forbes also ranks UPS among the world’s top 100 most-innovative companies, and the world’s top 50 most-valuable brands.


2. Emirates Skycargo

The state-owned air freight carrier for the UAE, Emirates Skycargo remains in second place on the Freight 50, with a total FTK of 12.27 bn, representing a 0.4% decrease year-over-year. The carrier’s central hub in Dubai allows its 259-strong fleet to reach over 1.5 bn consumers in under eight hours. Current purchasing plans are underway for Emirates Skycargo to almost double its fleet size. According to Albawaba, “In response to increasing demand from its customers, Emirates SkyCargo introduced a range of air transport solutions specific to industry verticals including Emirates Pharma, Emirates Wheels and Emirates Fresh.” Emirates Wheels has transported close to 150 cars per month since the program’s inception.


1. FedEx Express

Founded in 1998, FedEx Express is both the youngest and largest air freight carrier worldwide, with a total FTK of 15.71 bn. Haulage decreased by 0.9% year-over-year, while revenue increased to $60.5 bn in 2016, and again to $63.8 bn in 2017, continuing an eight-year growth trend. FedEx employs 395,000 members of staff, with FedEx Express operating across twelve transport hubs globally. The carrier purchased an additional 24 Boeing 777 variants in 2018, maintaining their company’s position as the largest airline in terms of cargo haulage.





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