Welcome to Logistics
The College of Business and Public Policy offers a full spectrum of degree and certificate programs in logistics and supply chain operations and management. These were designed in collaboration with industry to meet the real-life needs of domestic and international businesses.
Faculty are engaged in cutting-edge research and scholarship as well as professional consultation throughout Alaska and the world. Whether your interest is in entry-level operations, mid-level management, or executive leadership we have the logistics and supply chain program to meet your career goals.
Logistics in Alaska: Large, Diverse and Challenging
Alaska, with its great size, abundant resources and strategic locale, is a hub of multi-modal logistics activity. As a logistical gateway to the United States, Alaska plays a prominent role in the nation’s flow of international trade.
Anchorage, the state’s largest city, is positioned along the great circle route for U.S.-Asia air cargo. Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is within 9.5 hours flying time of 90% of the industrialized world. It is one of the world’s busiest cargo airports and benefits from the most liberal air cargo transfer options allowed anywhere in the United States.
The great circle route for ocean vessels, traveling the world’s busiest shipping lanes between U.S. West Coast and Asian ports, passes through or near the Aleutian Islands archipelago. Alaska’s waters are some of the most challenging in the world and several carriers in Alaska’s trade lanes use specially designed vessels to deal with nature’s challenges.
Alaska is a state rich in resources including petroleum, natural gas, minerals, and timber as well as the most expansive, diverse and efficiently managed fishery in the world.
As a major tourist destination, the world’s largest and most opulent cruise ships ply its coastlines and dock at its ports. The Alaska Marine Highway manages the nation’s most expansive network of ferries for the purpose of tourism and connecting many of Alaska’s water-locked coastal communities.
Supply Chain Management: According to the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), supply chain management encompasses the planning and management of all activities involved in sourcing and procurement, conversion, and all logistics management activities. Importantly, it also includes coordination and collaboration with channel partners, which can be suppliers, intermediaries, third-party service providers, and customers.
According to the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), supply chain management involves the design and management of seamless, value-added processes across organizational boundaries to meet the needs of the end customers.
Logistics: According to the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), logistics is the process of planning, implementing and controlling the efficient, cost effective flow and storage of raw materials, in-process inventory, finished goods and related information from point of origin to point of consumption for the purpose of conforming to customer requirements.
Logistics Program Advisors and Sponsors
Our Advisory Council is comprised of prominent members of the business community, several of whom are alumni of our degree programs.
The Logistics degree programs are supported by numerous Anchorage business partners who recognize the importance of logistics and supply chain management in Alaska.