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Breaking News: Generating Discussions of Transportation and Logistics Topics

By Dr. Robert L. Gordon | 01/22/2015 | 5:22 AM

Guest Post by Dr. Kandis Y. Wyatt, PMP, adjunct professor at American Public University

Lively discussions are an important way to advance the logistics professions. These conversations can generate new thinking, reinforce important concepts, and help both skilled professionals and those learning about the industry to learn new approaches.

It is often a challenge to facilitate and encourage discussions among professionals and students but many people like to discuss current events, so starting with current events can be just the way to spark interaction. Here’s an example of how to provide relevant transportation and reverse logistics topics in your next meeting or in the classroom.

Dec. 15, 2014 was predicted to be the busiest anticipated shipping day for US-based companies Fed Ex and the U.S. Postal Service. Successfully managing that volume required the application of transportation and reverse logistics skills.

Here are some great articles to share to initiate a discussion:

  1. CNN Money: Busiest Day of the season for Fed Ex and the U.S. Postal Service: http://money.cnn.com/2014/12/15/news/economy/holiday-busiest-delivery-fedex/
  2. Logistics of the Holiday Season: http://www.derbyllc.com/logistics-of-the-holiday-season/
  3. Supply Chain Management during the Holidays: http://money.cnn.com/2014/12/15/news/economy/holiday-busiest-delivery-fedex/

When trying to facilitate productive discussions, remember these tips:

  • Ask open ended questions
  • Relate recent articles to work being done or classroom reading and assignments
  • Help the student provide a practical application of the information
  • Encourage students to direct the discussion by asking questions to fellow students

 About the Author          

Dr. Kandis Y. Wyatt, PMP is an adjunct professor at American Public University and has 20 years of experience managing projects that specialize in supply chain management.



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About Dr. Robert Lee Gordon

Dr. Robert Lee Gordon

Dr. Robert Lee Gordon is program director of the Reverse Logistics department at American Public University. Dr. Gordon has over twenty-five years of professional experience in supply chain management and human resources. He holds a Doctorate of Management and Organizational Leadership and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, as well earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from UCLA. Dr. Gordon has spent more than 14 years teaching reverse logistics, transportation, project management, and human resources. He has published articles on reverse logistics; supply chain management; project management; human resources; education, and complexity. He has also published four books on Reverse Logistics Management; Complexity and Project Management; Virtual Project Management Organizations, and Successful Program Management..

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