Logistics, Business & Public Policy

U.S. Spending Shows Confidence, Morici Tells WSJ

Consumer spending indicates Americans are not affected by financial market volatility and economic troubles abroad. "Retail sales have been good," as "consumers have been spending at a rate of about three-and-a-half percent per-annum growth both in the second and third quarters,” Smith School professor and economist Peter Morici told the Wall Street Journal in a recent podcast. Read more...

Korean Companies look to U.S. While Dreaming of a 'New Silk Road'

When the South Korean President Park Geun-hye visited Washington, DC, last week, she brought along a small army of business representatives: 166 in all. The reason isn't a mystery: Korea's growth is slowing, falling to about 2.7 percent from 6 percent just a few years ago. The country's biggest single trading partner is China, which is slumping. Read more...

Smith Undergrads Attend IANA Logistics Expo in Florida

Twenty-four supply chain students from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business traveled to the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) EXPO on Sept. 20-22, 2015, in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The students are in the school’s Supply Chain Management Fellows program, which is fully funded by IANA, and the trip was part of the “Seminar in Supply Chain Management: An Executive Perspective” (BMGT 471) course.

Not-So-Friendly Skies

American, Delta and United are going to legal war against the Gulf Carriers — Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways. They want the Gulf carriers' access to U.S. airports to be limited, because, they say, those carriers are state-supported and therefore have an unfair advantage in competition. Under an arrangement known as "open skies," airlines of many nations can freely compete on international routes, so long as they don't receive subsidies. Smith School professor Martin Dresner, who studies the airline industry, weighs in. Read more...

Isaac Elking

Isaac Elking began the program in Fall 2011. His research interests include supply chain innovation, strategic inventory, power dynamis, and transportation demand. Isaac's research has been published in Transportation Journal.

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