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Going Global Live, London Excel – 27th & 28th of November

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Going Global Live, London Excel – 27th & 28th of November

On the 27th & 28th of November, Europe’s leading event for expanding business overseas will be returning to the London ExCeL.

Going Global Live, sponsored by American Express, is the leading exhibition dedicated to providing businesses with absolutely everything they need to expand internationally and trade overseas. From globally recognized brands through to world-class seminars hosted by leading professionals, this event will be the one-stop-shop for all brands moving into the global arena. 

2019’s edition of Going Global Live promises to be the most forward-thinking to date,  focusing on some of the most significant political developments in decades, including post-Brexit trade and how this will affect the way UK companies conduct business with trade partners across the globe. Annually attracting experts from around the world, Going Global Live enables a highly interactive learning experience for both exhibitors and visitors. This year’s show will host professionals in all areas of international trade & export each leading their own informative seminar, providing visitors with second to none knowledge to utilise moving forward.

Going Global 2019 will answer every question a business has on international trade; provide unparalleled education and information on every trade agreement; and deliver an abundance of solutions and opportunities for UK businesses looking to go global. With exhibitors from across many sectors all coming together under one roof, it is hard to find a reason not to attend. Instead of spending hours searching for companies on the internet, speak to the people behind the solution face to face. 

Going Global Live 2019 will be running alongside The Business Show and Foreign Direct Investment Expo, allowing for unrivaled networking opportunities across all of the events. Tickets to Going Global will grant access to the surrounding shows, opening up visitors to all the benefits of the surrounding events. Both of these shows will be providing their own valuable business masterclasses, so the opportunity to learn from international professionals has never been larger.

Meet experts from around the globe and access a whole new world of business at this year’s Going Global Live! Get your free tickets here!

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QS RANKS THE TOP 10 GLOBAL MBA PROGRAMS

QS is a mid-size company with 250 multi-cultural employees. With offices in London, Paris, Bucharest, Stuttgart, Mumbai and Singapore, QS boasts of a staff that speaks 26 different languages—and that’s just in the marketing department.

Such diversity is required when your company’s mission is to link high achievers from the graduate, MBA and executive communities around the world with employers, leading business schools and postgraduate departments at universities.

QS organizes the largest business education events in the world (the QS World MBA Tour, the QS World Executive MBA Tour and the leading postgraduate studies information event, the QS World Grad School Tour) and produces an extensive product range that includes print and online publications and software solutions.

Another thing the company produces are surveys, including its QS Global MBA Rankings 2019 that can be accessed via TopUniversities.com. Included are the top 250 programs around the planet. What follows are the top 10 with their ranks, program durations, average Graduate Management Admissions Test scores, fees in U.S. dollars and brief overviews.

1. STANFORD UNIVERSITY

Palo Alto, California.

Duration: 24 months

GMAT: 732

Fee: $110,000-$120,000

The prestigious private research university is currently overtaking its Ivy League rivals in the selectivity stakes. Its Graduate School of Business (GSB), founded in 1925, is the toughest to get into in the nation, with only a 7.1 percent acceptance rate. The GSB’s distinguished faculty includes three Nobel Prize winners, two John Bates Clark Award winners and 15 members of the American Academy of the Arts and Sciences.

2. HARVARD UNIVERSITY

Boston, Massachusetts

Duration: 24 months

GMAT: 730

Fee: $120,000

Harvard Business School (HBS), the Ivy League stalwart’s graduate business school, occupies four buildings directly opposite Harvard Stadium and across the Charles River from Harvard University. The HBS offers a full-time, two-year, residential MBA program designed to prepare students for global leadership roles. But is it worth $120k? Well, a graduate’s average salary three months after leaving the program is $137,293. 

3. PENN (WHARTON)

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Duration: 21 months

GMAT: 732

Fee: $120,000

The full-time, 20-month MBA at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania includes a recommended 3.5-month summer internship. Such a commitment is necessary given the requirement for a major concentration of 4.0 credits, with a choice from 19 majors, plus 5.5 electives in addition to the core curriculum. A semester of study at the San Francisco campus is available by application.

4. LONDON SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

London, England

Duration: 21 months

GMAT: 707

Fee: $100,000-$110,000

“To have a profound impact on the way the world does business” is the LBS motto, which is drilled into students by a faculty composed of 130 world-leading, internationally diverse (30 nationalities) experts. With 75 percent of the world’s top 500 companies based in London and 1,000 start-ups launched per month in the city, students have access to excellent networking and employment opportunities.

5. MIT (SLOAN)

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Duration: 24 months

GMAT: 728

Fee: $120,000

The flagship MIT Sloan School of Management full-time MBA program is to be completed over two years, while an immersive, one-year, full-time Sloan Fellows MBA program is also available. The latter is a transformational course for mid-career executives from more than 20 nationalities, designed to help students build a global network of colleagues from for-profit and non-profit multinational organizations, entrepreneurial endeavors and governing bodies.

6. INSEAD

Fontainebleau, Singapore

Duration: 10 months

GMAT: 710

Fee: $90,000-$100,000

INSEAD’s accelerated, 10-month MBA program aims to develop successful, thoughtful leaders and entrepreneurs who create value for their organizations and their communities. Conducted on two campuses (one in Europe, the other in Asia), the program draws more than 90 different nationalities to classrooms, an unprecedented multicultural experience among business schools.

7. HEC PARIS

Jouy-en-Josas, France

Duration: 16 months

GMAT: 691

Fee: $60,000-$70,000

HEC Paris MBA is conducted on a 340-acre, wooded campus with its own chateau, just 17 kilometers from the center of Paris. If that’s not enough to have a potential student say “oui-oui,” there’s the fact that HEC Paris is situated in the Paris-Saclay Innovation Cluster, which is designed to unite France’s best research institutions, hi-tech businesses, startups and universities.

8. UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO (BOOTH)

Chicago, Illinois

Duration: 21 months

GMAT: 731

Fee: $120,000

The “Chicago Booth Culture” promises to take students deeper into issues, broaden their perspectives and force them to question assumptions—including their own. “Instead of accepting the status quo, you’ll pursue the best thinking,” boast Booth School of Business recruiters. “You’ll develop the necessary skills to successfully take on any business challenge and the opportunities they generate.”

9. IE BUSINESS SCHOOL

Madrid, Spain

Duration: 12 months

GMAT: 685

Fee: $80,000-$90,000

The institution’s full-time, flagship International MBA program is described as a “transformational journey” that “shapes professionals and entrepreneurs, turning them into leaders that generate impact and drive change around the world.” An integrative and innovative approach to business education combines core business knowledge with customizable labs plus an elective period with 10 concentration areas in a full-time, one-year format.

10. COLUMBIA BUSINESS SCHOOL

New York, New York

Duration: 24 months

GMAT: 732

Fee: $120,000

The CBS MBA program’s curriculum prepares students to lead, build and manage companies while instilling an awareness of the societal effects of business decisions. “Students benefit from the transformative research and extensive, behind-the-scenes industry knowledge from the faculty leading the course,” according to CBS. “They also benefit from the cultural, ethnic, and sector diversity of fellow students in their learning team, or cluster group, which they join and learn with throughout the program.”

For rankings of the 240 schools and their respective program details, visit www.topmba.com/college/columbia-business-school/full-time-mba.

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SCHOOLS, STUDENTS & SUPPLY CHAINS SCRAMBLE TO MEET INDUSTRY DEMAND

While the internet has been exceptional in a multitude of ways, its ability to deliver information, services and products easily and quickly is by far its notable, competitive advantage. Information is digital, while services and products especially remain physical. And this is where supply chain management intersects, taking the “old” way of managing chains and super-sizing it based on the needs of a digitally, interconnected world.

Robots can and continue to contribute to supply-chain management. But the brains behind the chain are still flesh and blood. Satisfying customer expectations in 2019 demands perhaps the most agile chains in human history, so companies need good people, and students need good training. 

Student enrollment in supply chain programs has exploded. Gartner research found that from 2014 to 2016, enrollment ballooned by 43 percent. In raw numbers this is a jump from 8,500 students to 12,200. 

Take the University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK) as an example. The state’s largest university holds two student job fairs every year. Student job fairs are typical across universities. What’s not typical, however, is the UTK supply chain program holds its own fairs. Roughly 1,000 students arrive to these fairs to be ultimately placed in touch with between 160 and 180 Fortune 500 companies for internships, full-time jobs as well as co-op programs. An innovative supply chain forum features in-depth panel discussions and speed networking events for both companies and students alike.

Still Not Enough

There are currently 150-plus schools (U.S. only) that offer bachelor or associate degrees in supply-chain management. Yet, despite this future supply chain churn, a study by DHL in 2017 revealed jobs in the larger supply chain sector are outpacing supply by a shocking 6:1. The good news here is if you have a supply chain degree, the world is your oyster. But if you’re an employer seeking fresh, new graduates, they won’t simply fall into your lap. 

Recognizing this, companies have been engaged in more than simply getting the good word out at recruiting fairs. Abe Eshkenazi is CEO at the Association for Supply Chain Management (APICS). One of the (if not the) leader in supply chain certification programs, APICS serves an invaluable role for companies seeking supply chain management talent as well as those needing to ramp up the skills of current employees. Known for their ability to develop talent and work collaboratively with supply chain stakeholders of every kind, Eshkenazi is understandably bullish, despite this supply gap. 

Perhaps the biggest barrier to inculcating supply chain management as a profession in a teenager’s mind is it does not neatly fall into science, the arts, technology or math. Eshkenazi is a vocal supporter of getting supply chain management concepts integrated early and often in school STEM programs. Via basic, age-old exercises like the typical lemonade stand, kids learn supply chain fundamentals: calculating the amount of lemons needed, finding providers, getting the lemons back to the stand and so on. These are things we all engaged in but never knew how to neatly define the process. Yet this is supply chain management at its most basic level, through and through. 

Competition Attracts Everyone

Even the most uncompetitive among us are still drawn, to some extent, to competition. The opportunity to win something or be recognized for a job well-done is a satisfactory feeling. One way companies are attracting fresh talent to universities (to in turn groom them) is through old-fashioned, friendly competition. 

The previously mentioned APICS partnered with Deloitte to develop the ASCM Case Competition. A supply chain management problem is presented, and teams then coalesce to brainstorm, test, fail and ultimately provide solutions. The trial-by-error nature of this case competition gives participants unique insight not only into learning through mistakes but recognizing common mistakes and patterns that will likely arise in the real world. Cases involve everything from logistics to sales, operations planning to distribution, as well as inventory and similar management problems. 

The competition started as a fun idea and has evolved into a flagship event that involves students and universities across North and South America, Europe, Africa and Asia. A sampling of the universities that have gone through the ASCM Case Competition speak to its global reach–Duke University, University of Pretoria, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Rhode Island College, American University of Sharjah, Western Michigan University and so on. The finalists from last year were from the U.S., Mexico, Germany, India, Hong Kong and Canada.

Scholarships Never Hurt     

While competition is nice, a scholarship is arguably better received. To attract bright minds into the food side of supply chain management, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation provides scholarships to roughly 50 students per year. The Institute for Supply Management posts scholarship opportunities year-round, and it is not unheard of to see awards exceeding $10,000 per student. 

The Zaragoza Logistics Center (ZLC) is one such university, a research and educational institute forged via a partnership between MIT and the University of Zaragoza. Their full-time Master of Engineering in Logistics and Supply Chain Management is a 10-month program (nine months at the ZLC campus and three weeks at MIT) that prepares graduates to work at a global level in the larger supply chain management field. An extensive amount of scholarships is available, and if 10 months is too big a time commitment, a blended Master of Engineering in Logistics and Supply Chain Management is offered with a mix of online courses plus three weeks at MIT and four months at the ZLC campus. 

The challenges of recruiting well-trained, recent graduates will likely be an issue for some time. What the larger sector needs to do is make supply chain management an attractive offer, and for this generation of young people a nice salary isn’t going to cut it. More coverage via events from UKT and stimulating competitions get folks in the door. Evolving in this direction is where the industry should move. Only time will tell if this ends up occurring.  

Beyond the Books: 5 Business Schools Preparing Students for Career Success

It’s no secret logistics and supply chain management-focused education is gaining traction each year among students. In fact, Data USA reports that in 2016, nearly 7,669 degrees were awarded in Logistics, Materials and Supply Chain Management. The report, which projects that number will be growing by 15.2 percent, also confirmed that a whopping 10.9 million people make up the current workforce and will continue growing by 3.53 percent.


Earning a robust education is essential, but a bigger question remains on the minds of leaders in the industry: How are students being prepared to enter the workforce and more importantly, which business schools are integrating talent acquisition and recruiting strategies within these focused programs?

Among the most debated and challenging topics discussed among today’s supply chain leaders is talent acquisition and retention It goes without saying this challenge is not industry biased. Global Trade compared and took a deeper look at the nation’s competing business schools that not only prepare students for the big world of logistics, but how to navigate it for career success. While some programs tackle the issue at a larger scale, others take a niche-like approach, focusing on a specific demographic for a bigger impact on a global level.

University of Tennessee-Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business NeXxus Program

Talent acquisition is more recently experiencing a new trend in the talent pool: female representation. Women continue to make their marks in the supply chain and logistics industries, with more assuming leadership positions than ever before. Such companies as DSC Logistics, Lynn Co. Supply Chain Solutions and Dachser Logistics are among major industry players with females leading initiatives and representing diversity in the workforce. Dachser, for example, recently reported that females make up 56 percent of their total workforce.

The NeXxus Program at the Haslam College of Business places the female student population at the top of its list with a focused networking pool that fosters diversity and opportunity both in the school and workforce. NeXxus focuses on five key areas specifically for developing its female students: Networking, Mentoring, Confidence Building,  Community Development and Talent Attraction. The program combines the elements of workshops, guest speakers, social events and meetings to support development. Additionally, the annual NeXxus Summit aims to educate female high school students on company opportunities through networking with leading industry professionals.

Rutgers Business School’s Supply Chain Education Partnership Program

The Supply Chain Education Partnership Program at Rutgers reiterates the importance of educating young, prospective talent at an early age. The program, which was specifically designed with high school students in mind, ties in real-world experiences to spotlight how the industry impacts almost every aspect of the business world. Fostering the idea of “nurturing talent in our own backyard,” the week-long program challenges students to develop innovative solutions and strategic planning.

Students—who are addressed by professors and industry leaders speaking on global  procurement, logistics, transportation, planning and fulfillment and more—are encouraged to demonstrate strategic thinking via team exercises that require them to apply fresh knowledge of the industry to solve. The program also includes an entire day dedicated to exploring a company on site. Career management specialists are also prepared to educate prospective Rutgers students on what it takes in the real world to stand out.

Syracuse University Martin J. Whitman School of Management’s Goodman IMPRESS program

Established in 1919, the Martin J. Whitman School of Management offers a competitive and unique program that separates itself through polishing students for career excellence and developing essential soft skills. The Goodman IMPRESS program aims to align student’s skills with what leading companies consider to be the most competitive, including agility, resilience and confidence. Through this approach, students are prepared to engage in the competitive market while understanding the generational impact on a variety of industries.


Students are challenged to participate in activities throughout the program to earn points that will eventually be visible to prospective employers. This points system consists of leadership workshops, roundtables with visiting speakers, bonding exercises, competitions, community engagement and certifications. A cumulative IMPRESS score is placed next to the student GPA on student resumes, adding more value to the student when competing for jobs.

University of North Texas G. Brint Ryan College of Business Logistics Student Onboarding Program

Known for its world-class faculty, UNT paves the way for student success beyond the books through its Logistics Student Onboarding Program at the request of Logistics Center Board of Directors members. The program is going on its sixth year addressing topics ranging from dressing for success and communication skills to generation gaps and analyses presentations. Companies like GIX Logistics bring their top leaders in to engage students through in-depth sessions focusing on company culture, interview tips, negotiating job offers and more.

Students are incentivized with a Logistics Onboarding certificate upon completing attendance to four sessions, adding more value and knowledge to their resumes. Mentoring is also provided for both formal and informal career-focused decisions to ensure students have a clear understanding of how to determine the most successful career path.

Ohio State University Fisher College of Business Pathways for Women’s Excellence in Supply Chain Program

Female representation takes the spotlight once again through the Pathways for Women’s Excellence in Supply Chain Program. Aiming to prepare and introduce female undergraduates to leading roles within the supply-chain sector, the program is part scholarship, part experiential engagement exercise as students receive top-notch mentoring from leading executives while bridging the gap of gender diversity at the C-suite level.

By addressing the gender differences at the executive level, the Pathways Program contributes to the overall talent gap. This unique strategy takes the issue of talent recruitment on a larger scale through equipping the female student population to take their career to the next level without limitations.

Antwerp XL 2019

Join industry leading freight forwarders, cargo owners, equipment handlers, terminal operators, manufacturers and project owners at the Port of Antwerp’s debut Antwerp XL Conference for the breakbulk, maritime and project cargo industry.

The 2019 Antwerp XL Conference will take place from May 7-9 at the Antwerp Expo in Belgium. The two-day conference will be packed with information on topics including innovation, digitization, the future of breakbulk, and insight from leading disruptors.

Additionally, attendees such as Project Forwarding Managers will have the special opportunity to participate in the PPG Certificate Education Programme. The ISO accredited course is designed to educate project forwarders with a hands-on workshop and practical approaches.

To view the full agenda, exhibitors list,  and registration information, please click here.