Global Distribution Class & Trip
Globalization influences all distribution channels. International firms face many challenges and opportunities but even local distributors are challenged with international sourcing and global competitors. This second year course examines global competitive issues in sourcing, operations, and sales. Global networks of facilities, human resources, inventories, and supplier relationships are examined together with legal issues and logistics. The Global Distribution course features “real-time” case studies in which multiple distributors and their suppliers provide a problem environment for students to work on supply chain solutions. An international trip to the supplier’s and/or distributor’s operation is included in the course. Past trips have involved China, France, Germany, Italy, Brazil, Portugal, Norway, Sweden and India. Each year, new case studies are prepared for a new location with new problem environments to reflect the changing challenges facing global distribution.
Students are REQURIED to travel to a selected international location and study global distribution issues for one week as part of this course. The MID team will arrange several site visits to distributors and manufacturers in the international location to occur during that week. Students are responsible for the airfare to and from the destination country. All accommodations, in-country transportation, cultural visits and most meals are arranged by the MID program.