White Gives Keynote Address to the IEEE SOLI 2008 Conference

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Chelsea C. White III, Schneider National Chair of Transportation and Logistics and Stewart School Chair, presented a keynote address at the IEEE International Conference on Service Operations, Logistics, and Informatics held in Beijing, China in October 2008. White addressed issues, trends and research directions in supply chain and logistics engineering.

The first portion of his talk focused on the current forces affecting supply chain design and global logistics, including fuel and labor costs; mode shifts; improvements in efficiency within each mode; currency dynamics; risk; labor shortages, laws, and wages in China; international freight transport network congestion; capacity reduction; product and package design to reduce weight and cube; and information technology applications. The second portion of his presentation focused on identifying interesting research directions linked to the next level of supply chain control productivity - controlling supply chains in real-time, based on real-time data. He concluded his presentation with a discussion of the value of information and its operational implications.

To view a transcript of Dr. White's address, visit

To view his PowerPoint presentation, visit




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  • Created By:Barbara Christopher
  • Created:11/19/2008
  • Modified By:Fletcher Moore
  • Modified:10/07/2016