“When I first heard of supply chain management, I thought it was trucking and managing transportation,” says Emily Crites, BS’16, who will earn her degree in supply chain management at the IU Kelley School of Business Indianapolis. “I learned that operations involves more than just transporting goods. It’s also about forecasting a company’s demand and finding the most cost-effective way to produce a product, move it, and store it. Supply chain is like the backbone of the company in the same way accounting is the backbone of the value created for shareholders.”
Crites returned to Allison Transmission, headquartered in Indianapolis, for a second internship in a different area of supply chain. She continues to work there today, gaining knowledge and experience in the support functions of supply chain management while she finishes her last semester.