Logistics, Business & Public Policy

Alan Pritchard

Alan Pritchard joined the Supply Chain Management program in Fall 2013. His research interests include inventory management, product and service variety, and transportation and logistics management. His working papers explore the effects of product & service variety on distribution center productivity and the impact of order crossover on base stock policy decisions.

Xinyi Ren

Xinyi began the program in Fall 2014. Her current research interest includes supply chain cooperation, inventory management, transportation demand, and competitive dynamics.  Xinyi’s research has been published in International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management.

Xiaodan Pan

Xiaodan Pan began the program in Fall 2014. Her research interests include product portfolio complexity, third party logistics, and supply chain risk. 

Rohan D'Lima

Rohan D'Lima began the program in Fall 2015. His research interests include supply chain risks, supply chain sustainability, cultural backgrounds and experiences related to supply chain decisions. 

Bachelors Line Up in U.S. Port Dating Game

Port operators in Savannah, Ga. are racing to upgrade their facilities for the rising generation of big ships, which will have a new lane from Asia when the Panama Canal completes a 10-year widening project in 2016. Rivals are eyeing the same big ships in Charleston, S.C. And in Boston, Houston, Miami and many other ports along the Gulf and East Coasts — like the reality television series where many bachelors vie for the attention of the same bachelorette. Smith Professor Thomas M. Corsi talks about the Port of Baltimore's position in the race. Read more...

Congratulations, Dad! See You in One Year

Software firm Adobe announced this week it will expand its family paid-leave benefits -- including up to six months for birth mothers. This follows Netflix announcing up to 12 months of leave for employees who are new parents. The trend has emerged despite the lack of mandatory parental leave laws in the United States. Smith School professor Peter Morici discusses the pros and cons of the hands-off approach with tech industry expert Tom Jelneck on CCTV America. Read more...

Some Fliers Hate Baggage Fees, But They Work

Customers have kvetched about airline baggage fees since American Airlines started charging people for even one checked bag in 2008, but the practice has swept the industry. Last month, JetBlue started charging passengers for luggage, leaving Southwest standing alone as the only company to let all passengers check a bag or two without an extra charge. Although many travelers grumble about the fees, new research from Smith School professor Martin Dresner shows they are effective. Read more...

Smith Presents Teaching Excellence Awards

The Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland is recognized as one of the top research institutions in the world, but it is also a place where students can learn from some of the best teachers in the business. Each year, Smith awards three different honors to its faculty members who have demonstrated a passion for teaching excellence: The Distinguished Teaching Awards, the Krowe Teaching Excellence Awards and the Legg-Mason Award.


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