Detailed analysis of real-world challenges are an integral part of the study and teaching of supply chain management. Working with our partners in industry, Institute faculty and students in the Supply Chain and Operations Management major conduct studies and projects on a wide variety of issues within the supply chain spectrum.


SCMI “Research In Brief” Papers

SCMI publishes two-page Research-In-Brief updates on trends in supply chain for its member companies.  Past briefs are made available to the public as .pdf downloads through the links below:


Student Projects

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(2018) Safety Stock Tool – A Lubar student built an Excel-based tool that allows a company to determine the appropriate levels of safety stock for all its SKUs.

(2018) Mexico Distribution Analysis – A Lubar student analyzed the TL, LTL and courier rates from a company’s distribution center in Mexico and recommended the carrier that should be used for each transportation lane.

(2018) Storage Method Analysis – A Lubar student compared the storage, transportation and replacement costs of two different storage methods and recommended the storage method with the lowest total cost.

(2017) Space Planning Model – A Lubar student created a model that helped a member company determine its warehouse space needs for the next five years.

(2016) Evaluation of Service Providers – A Lubar student helped a company create an objective method for evaluating service suppliers and providing performance feedback.

(2016) Sustainability Measures for Service Providers – A Lubar student helped a company identify best practices for incorporating measures of sustainability into suppliers’ performance.

(2015) Network Optimization – A Lubar student  determined the optimal location and quantity of North American warehouses for a company’s branded products.

(2015) Logistics Strategic Planning Tool – A Lubar student created an Excel model for a company’s Logistics department that forecasts tractors, trailers, drivers, forklifts and warehouse staff needs for the next 5 years.

(2015) Identifying the Demographics that Drive Sales and Donations – A Lubar student identified the best predictors of a store’s sales and donation level for the purpose of locating new stores.

(2015) Warehouse Inventory Model –  A Lubar student created an Excel model that identifies, for a given product, the appropriate amount of inventory to hold on site and at the warehouse.

(2015) Improve Warehouse Slotting – A Lubar student identified products at the warehouse that should be reslotted to reduce picking time and cost.

(2014) Life Transition Decision Research – Lubar students researched the key drivers for senior citizens that transition to Senior Living and Care communities.

(2014) Demand Planning Model – Lubar students created an Excel based tool to track, analyze and forecast both donations  and sales for each company store.

(2014) Value Stream Mapping Stock vs. Non-Stock Products – A Lubar student created a value stream map and Excel based model that determines which products should be stocked at the warehouse.

(2014) Best Practices for Internal Orders – A Lubar student identified the best practices for a company to manage and process its internal orders.

For information on submitting project requests, please contact Mark Kosfeld.

For More Information

Supply Chain Management Institute
Lubar Hall S490
(414) 229-2673
sc-institute@uwm.edu