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Transportation Journal is an ASCM academic journal devoted to presenting new knowledge about the supply chain, logistics and transportation fields.
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I chose to major in supply chain management as part of the bachelor of commerce program at the University of Manitoba’s Asper School of Business. I realized the number of current and potential job opportunities in supply chain management around the world, and I felt that, in the age of globalization, supply chain management would be the critical resource of multinational enterprises for expanding the global landscape.......Read More
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Although Ben Osenbaugh, CPIM, had heard about ASCM Membership from college professors and colleagues, he says he did not realize the full value of membership until he started working in a supply chain capacity. “The methods we learn in the APICS classes are everywhere in the operations environment,” he says. ......Read More
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