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Supply Chain Hall of Fame is About to Get Physical

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University of Arkansas

A new physical space for the Supply Chain Hall of Fame in Rogers, Ark., will be unveiled in a virtual dedication ceremony on Oct. 8.

The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) created the hall of fame in 2016 to celebrate “the lifelong accomplishments of those members of our industry who have truly improved the world we live in.” Since its inception, the hall of fame had been a virtual operation. Its official host is the Walton College of Business of the University of Arkansas.

Past inductees have included names that ought to be familiar to most supply chain users (i.e., everybody), such as Henry Ford (2016) and Jeff Bezos (2017). The work of other inductees was perhaps more behind-the-scenes in nature but nonetheless contributed greatly to the many parts of the modern supply chain. They have included George Raymond Sr. (2019), inventor of the wooden pallet and pallet jack; and George Laurer (2017), an IBM engineer who devised the coding and pattern used for the universal product code.

“This new building will be an event space, as a service to CSCMP, its membership and the supply chain profession, and will also house a permanent exhibit honoring the annual inductees,” said Erik Bo Hansen, recently retired vice president of Kansas City Southern and CSCMP board member responsible for the Hall of Fame Committee. The space also will be used for lectures, roundtable meetings and functions for as many as 100 people.

The grand opening will be a virtual event. Details can be found here. Information about the nominating process is available on this CSCMP page.

“By engaging our students and entrepreneurial region we can bridge the greatest of the past with the best of the future,” said Remko van Hoek, professor of practice in the Walton College Department of Supply Chain Management. He is also scheduled to be a speaker on Oct. 8. “The hall of fame will help educate, engage and inspire our future and current supply chain leaders.”

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