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September 27, 2019 12:30 PM, EDT

Supply Chain Hall of Fame to Open in Arkansas Next Year

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The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals will build its new Supply Chain Hall of Fame in Rogers, Ark., the organization’s board of directors said.

Rogers is the location of the first Walmart store, and it’s near Bentonville, the corporate headquarters of the retail giant. The hall will be associated with the University of Arkansas’ Sam M. Walton College of Business. University officials said the facility, which is scheduled to open in 2020, will have a multifunction exhibit and meeting space.

Matt Waller, the Walton College dean and the Sam M. Walton Leadership chair in business

Waller

“The hall of fame will highlight achievements and innovations in supply chain,” said Matt Waller, the Walton College dean and the Sam M. Walton Leadership chair in business. “Northwest Arkansas is the hub of supply chain innovation and research.”

It is expected the hall will have a series of rotating exhibits about leaders in the supply chain sector, and functions will include lectures and roundtable discussions. The building where the hall will be located is being constructed by Johnelle Hunt, the widow of trucking legend J.B. Hunt, and several other Arkansas-based developers.

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University of Arkansas officials said the idea for the hall came from a suggestion by Remko Van Hoek, a clinical professor of supply chain management. He’s been tapped to serve as its executive director.

“Through exhibits, education and events, the hall is also meant to educate and inspire future leaders in supply chain,” Van Hoek said. “By engaging our students and entrepreneurial region, we can bridge the greatest of the past with the best of the future.” — Transport Topics