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August 18, 2023

Univ. of Hartford launches new supply chain program


The University of Hartford is offering a new supply chain and logistics management program starting with the fall semester.

The West Hartford-based university’s Barney School of Business is offering the new program to students as an undergraduate major, minor, and as a post-baccalaureate certificate.

Carmen Cotei, interim dean of the business school, said it has been talking to top employers around the region.

“They have shared that there is excess demand for supply chain and logistics jobs with 300-500 new jobs added in Connecticut every month,” Cotei adds.

The global supply chain management market is expected to grow 11.2% from 2020 to 2027, according to the university.

Supply chain is an ever present issue for businesses, and natural disasters can make it particularly challenging. The COVID-19 pandemic adversely impacted the global supply chain, and prompted calls for new ideas and efficiencies.

Workers in this field need to have knowledge of topics such as analytics, sustainable practices and risk management, according to the university.

The curriculum will teach students about how to handle the entire supply chain process, from point of origin to consumption. They will learn about supplier-buyer relationships, logistics tools and how to optimize business operations.

The university anticipates that its program will prepare students for a variety of positions, such as warehouse logistics, storage and distribution, transportation and operations managers. Students can also take courses to prepare them for analyst jobs, focused on logistics, procurement, purchasing and supply chain.

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