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‘Unique’ LSCM programme is accredited by Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Following on from a visit by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) to Sheffield University Management School in March, we are pleased to announce that the MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management programme has been granted retrospective accreditation by the body from September 2011.

Described as ‘unique and stand out’, the programme was praised for its focus on logistics and supply chain management compared to other universities, by the external CIPS expert who has observed various programmes across the United Kingdom.

The accreditation provides students with an important professional and employment advantage. After completing three years work experience in purchasing and supply management post qualification, students from the programme will receive chartered status.

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Reverse logistics tool reduces losses on retail returns.

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

The Chartered Institute of Management Accounting (CIMA) and The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) have just launched a Global Joint Venture called Chartered Global Management Accountants (CGMA), a new professional designation for Management Accountants. The CGMA is designed to elevate management accounting and further emphasise its importance for businesses worldwide.

The Management School’s Reverse Logistics Toolkit, developed in collaboration with Cranfield University, is one of only twelve toolkits selected to feature on the CGMA website.

As a significant percentage of products are returned by customers, reverse logistics has become an area that retailers and manufacturers cannot ignore. Reverse logistics is a broad area and the tool focuses on the management of retail returns. In particular the tool views the management of the reverse logistics process from a holistic supply chain approach rather than simply starting after the point of sale.

Despite the fact that managing returns incurs substantial costs through logistics, inventory and disposal, many companies have inadequate processes for dealing with them. The improved management of returns can have a significant impact on bottom line performance.

It can also have a significant impact on environmental concerns, since reverse logistics operations involve transportation and, therefore, CO2 emissions. The tool enables companies to audit their returns management activities and identify where opportunities exist to reduce costs and waste and improve customer service.

Chartered Global Management Accountants can play an important role in this area by using their analytical skills to highlight the financial benefits to be gained from making improvements to reverse logistics processes and by recognising the importance of supply chain accounting and inter-organisational accounting. Techniques such as quality costing and transparent performance measurement systems have a significant role to play. Many of the diagnostic and performance aspects of the tool are based on activities taking place across organisational boundaries with particular emphasis on relationships with suppliers and customers.

The tool covers cost and performance management, avoidance of product returns, process management, the physical network, inventory management, information and communication technology, material handling, containers, sustainable distribution and compliance with legislation.

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For more information regarding the Reverse Logistics Tool, please contact Professor John Cullen at

The Management School is delighted to announce the award of Honorary Professor to Ian Shellard

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Ian Shellard, Global Physical Logistics Director at Rolls-Royce plc, has been awarded the title of Honorary Professor on the Logistics and Supply Chain Management programme at the Management School. The School welcomes Ian and we look forward to working with him more closely in his new role.

Also a member of the Low Carbon Supply Chain Board and the Advisory Board at the Management School, Ian and has engaged with the School on a number of projects in the past. One of the projects Ian is involved with is the Supply Chain Environmental Analysis Tool (SCEnAT) developed by Prof Lenny Koh, Director of Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LSCM) Research Centre at the Management School, in which companies are help and advised on ways to cut their carbon emissions.

We hope you can join us in congratulating Ian on his new role as Honorary Professor and we very much look forward to working with Ian in the future.

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Sheffield strengthens ties with Taiwan

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

The University of Sheffield has signed an agreement with a Taiwanese University, which will see both institutions engage in activities such as staff and student exchanges, collaborative research and summer schools.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the University of Sheffield and National Chung Hsing University in Taichung was signed yesterday on 18 January 2010 by Professor Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield and Dr Jei-Fu Shaw, President of National Chung Hsing University. The Vice-Chancellor was accompanied by Professor Lenny Koh, Director of the Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LSCM) Research Centre at the University, and Miles Stevenson, Director of Development at the University.

The agreement will strengthen the University´s ties with Taiwan, and open up the potential for closer research collaboration in the areas of biotechnology, bioengineering, nanotechnology, medical devices, energy and low carbon. The University of Sheffield has a long and established relationship with Taiwan, with the first student from the country graduating in 1969. Professor Lenny Koh – an expert in green technologies – visited the country in 2009 to advise businesses in Taiwan about `green exporting´ to Europe.

Professor Keith Burnett said: “The University of Sheffield is very pleased to announce this five-year agreement with National Chung Hsing University. We are looking forward to developing closer academic relations in a range of areas and seeing our staff and students working and studying together.”