Planning student earns supply chain management award

February 27, 2014
Randy Fixman MCRP ’14 (first from left in front row) and Anne Strauss-Weider (second row, far right) are shown with the 2013 CSCMP-NJ Roundtable Scholarship winners.

Randy Fixman MCRP ’14 (first from left in front row) and Anne Strauss-Weider (second row, far right) are shown with the 2013 CSCMP-NJ Roundtable Scholarship winners.

The New Jersey Roundtable of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP-NJ) recently announced Randy Fixman MCRP ’14 as the recipient of the organization’s 2013 Bronze Scholarship for his capstone report on integrating multimodal freight centers into New Jersey communities.

In his report, Randy notes that many consumers fail to appreciate the complexities and intricacies of the logistical networks behind each of the products they expect to be on store shelves or at their doorsteps if they ordered the products online — everything from bananas to office supplies to computers. “The curricula at many planning schools focus on the multimodal movement of people, not cargo. If freight is not considered when discussing transportation, then the efficient movement of people and goods cannot be properly evaluated, enhanced, and made safer. Luckily, the Bloustein School offers an excellent course on freight transportation. I hope to take the freight planning knowledge that I gained at Bloustein and incorporate that into my planning career,” he said

CSCMP is the preeminent worldwide professional association dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of research and knowledge on supply chain management. With over 8,500 members representing nearly all industry sectors, government, and academia from 67 countries, CSCMP members are the leading practitioners and authorities in the fields of logistics and supply chain management. The New Jersey Roundtable is one of the largest of the organization’s 97 worldwide roundtables, and carries out the aims of CSCMP to provide educational, career development, and networking opportunities to local members and to the entire profession in the state of New Jersey.

Anne Strauss-Weider, founder and principal of A. Strauss-Weider, Inc., part-time lecturer at the Bloustein School and past president of CSCMP-NJ, noted that Randy—the Bloustein School’s first-ever applicant for the scholarship—was the only planning student to receive a scholarship this year, and the selection committee “very impressed” with his application. The remainder of the honorees were business students.

New Jersey undergraduate and graduate students with interests in transportation and logistics can apply for the grants, which range from $100 to $1,000. A selection committee reviews the applications and awards the grants.

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