Press Release for Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Software Gift Makes UNF Logistics Lab Among Best Labs in the Country
Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
Logistics Information Technology Solutions Laboratory (LITSLAB) in the Coggin
College of Business at the University
of North Florida received
a software donation by Manhattan Associates, Inc., making the UNF logistics lab
among the best equipped university labs in the country.
Associates, Inc., an Atlanta-based software development company and the largest
supplier of warehouse management solutions software in the world, donated 50
user licenses of its Warehouse Management Systems software for use in the
University’s logistics lab. Fewer than half a dozen universities in the nation
have such similar software programs.
university programs typically use customized academic simulations to teach,”
said Dr. Robert Frankel, chair of UNF’s Department of Marketing and Logistics.
“Our program will be utilizing not just off-the-shelf teaching tools but the
same programs that are used by business executives in the supply chain market.”
UNF alum Keith Goldsmith, senior vice president of
business development for CEVA Logistics, one of the world’s leading logistics
companies, was instrumental in obtaining the gift for the LITSLAB. He said CEVA
and Manhattan Associates have a close working relationship.
“We simply wanted the next generation of supply chain
leaders to be well grounded in what is happening in the industry,” said
Goldsmith. “We wanted to put some of these software tools into the hands of the
Dr. Yemisi Bolumole, director of UNF’s Transportation and
Logistics Program, noted that the software gift will enhance the employability
of Transportation and Logistics graduates because it will allow the integration
of state-of-the-art technology into an already strong curriculum. “Such
knowledge will put students ahead of where they would be by interning as they
will be more familiar with logistics IT solutions than many logistics
departments and firms,” she said.
Ranked No. 1 in ARC’s
Warehouse Management Systems Worldwide Outlook, Manhattan Associates is the
largest supplier of WMS solutions in the world with their science-based
applications built exclusively for distribution centers. The company’s entire
suite of Distribution Management solutions is designed to give companies the
flexibility and ability to add complementary solutions such as Supply Chain
Intelligence, Total Cost-to-Serve or Labor Scheduling as their supply chain
network continues to grow and mature.
award winning Distribution Management solution (within the Manhattan SCOPE® -
supply chain optimization, planning through execution portfolio) is a complete
suite of solutions to automate every link in the most complex supply chains.
The WMS gift to UNF is Manhattan's
proven and industry-leading warehouse management solutions, and anchors this
Distribution Management solution. The WMS is engineered for optimal
collaboration and communication with an extensive network of suppliers and
partners. WMS such as this, excel at meeting the high-throughput rates and
complex order fulfillment requirements demanded by Tier 1 companies.
and Logistics Flagship Program offers a unique and rewarding program for
students electing to major in transportation and logistics. The program
prepares students for challenging careers in supply chain management, international
logistics, transportation and physical distribution.
The program has
received considerable state, national and international recognition, including
being ranked 13th in the nation by Supply Chain Management Review
magazine as well as a “Program of Distinction” and a “Center of Excellence”
within the state university system.