Global Distribution Class Project & Trip

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. This second year course examines global competitive issues in sourcing, operations, and sales and is applicable to all MID students. Global networks of facilities, human resources, inventories, and supplier relationships are examined together with legal issues and logistics. Past projects have carried our students and faculty to places like 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 expected 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.