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Georgia Southern MBA to host open house events in Savannah

Working professionals in the Savannah area who are looking to advance their education and careers by obtaining a Master of Business Administration (MBA) can learn more about the Georgia Southern University Parker College MBA through several upcoming open house events on the Armstrong Campus.

The AACSB-accredited program has been offering classes in Savannah for more than 35 years, now offering in-seat classes at the Armstrong Center on Abercorn Street in Savannah. The MBA program is also available online, but due to demand, the MBA program will accept its final intake of students on the Statesboro Campus in fall 2019.

By offering its MBA program in Savannah, the Parker College is responding to its market. Program growth over the last few years has been from the Savannah area, and officials believe the program is now positioned to take advantage of regional growth opportunities. The Parker MBA Savannah program provides a curriculum specifically designed for working professionals taught by faculty who provide rigorous coursework with opportunities to learn from other business professionals. Students take classes as a cohort and can complete the program in about 15 months.

The Georgia Southern Parker MBA Savannah program will host several open house events over the summer at the Armstrong Center, suite 217.

  • Tuesday, April 30, 3 to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 22, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 27, 3 to 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 16, 3 to 7 p.m.

The Armstrong Center complements the program by immersing students in a business-style setting. The Center has a state-of-the-art, 300-seat auditorium, several executive-style boardrooms and a video conference center. The first-floor classrooms are equipped with the latest audiovisual presentation systems, wireless internet service and executive-style seating. Meeting rooms, a banquet room and a large ballroom also make the space ideal for workshops, trade shows, exhibitions and other events.

For more information, visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu/businessgraduate, email mba@georgiasouthern.edu or call 912-478-5767.


Online Master of Science in Applied Economics prepares students for job market

Students pursuing a Master of Science in Applied Economics through Georgia Southern University’s online program have access to an affordable and flexible program that provides training for real-world situations.

The fully online Master of Science in Applied Economics (MSAE) program, which is ranked No. 1 in affordability by Affordablecolleges.com and No. 11 by Bestcollegereviews.org, prepares students for careers in various roles including financial markets, industrial organization, government regulation, international trade, health care, economic development and consumer choice.

The MSAE program prepares students for inevitable changes in financial markets and teaches them how to pivot when making business and policy decisions.

By providing the skills and competencies necessary to perform theoretically meaningful, practical analysis of financial markets, students learn how to evaluate business decisions and policy programs and explain the progression of various events, as well as their impact on the economy in a business or policy context.

The courses taught in the online MSAE program are based on economic theory, providing a foundation in the structure and common patterns of business and policy decisions. Students are taught to quantify relationships while evaluating the relative importance of changes in the economic environment. Through courses and case studies, students are able to transfer knowledge and problem-solving skills across fields, allowing students to recognize the characteristics of new problems, adapt quickly to new circumstances and resolve the problems with skills that have been developed through the program.

Graduates of the program are ready to build sound econometric models and are able to use the best available software packages to interpret results in a way that helps make sound business and policy decisions. Graduates compete for employment in the for-profit and nonprofit private sectors as well as in federal, state and local agencies.

With geographic and schedule flexibility, the AACSB-accredited online MSAE program offers strong academics with courses designed and delivered by online certified professors, simulations and discussions and training in applied economic analysis using real-world data.

Students in the program also have the opportunity to receive a graduate certificate in Applied Economics to meet regional accreditation for teaching.


Atlanta ‘Super Hub’ Helps UPS Deliver Holiday Packages Faster

from https://www.wabe.org/atlanta-super-hub-helps-ups-deliver-holiday-packages-faster/

*Issam Moussaoui, Ph.D., assistant professor of logistics and supply chain management, is quoted in this article.

Around this time last year, Atlanta-based shipping giant UPS was running behind on deliveries: more than three million packages a day were arriving late.

In response, the company announced in that it would invest about $7 billion on new facilities. This included a new southeast regional “super hub” a mile away from the Fulton County Airport near the Six Flags theme park.

It’s about the size of 19 football fields and the outside looks like any other warehouse.

But inside, it’s a maze. Eighteen miles of conveyor belts are diagonally stacked above each other. Look up towards the ceiling and millions of packages zip past — faster than the blink of an eye.

The boxes are tagged with smart labels, which carry information like origin and destination. Then they race through multiple scanners, including one that looks like a red camera tunnel. Kim Krebs, a media relations manager with UPS, explained it’s also called a six-sided scanner, during a tour of the facility.

“Regardless of the positioning of the box and where that smart label with all that information of where the box needs to go is, you can get it on all sides,” Krebs said.

This is just one way UPS is trying to improve its on-time delivery rate. With smarter technology, more automation, and fewer people sorting by hand.

The Atlanta facility’s human resources director Chris Franzoni, said there are about 3,000 people who work here in four shifts. About 700 people work alongside the machines at one time.

“We have a day sort, a twilight, a midnight and a sunrise position,” Franzoni said. “So basically we have a 24-hour operation.”

Compared to all of the metal and cardboard at this facility, however, it can be a while before you see a human.

Cost Savings

More companies like UPS use automation to increase speed, make fewer mistakes and save money, said Issam Moussaoui, an assistant professor of logistics and supply chain management at Georgia Southern University.

“You can turn a machine on when needed and turn a machine off when not needed without much of a downside compared to human labor,” Moussaoui said.

It can take time to hire and train seasonal employees to meet the shipping rush during the holidays, Moussaoui said. But even as more companies like UPS move to more automation — it’s not always perfect. Moussaoui cites the electric car company Tesla.

“Midway through their implementation, they realized that there are still some aspects of the company’s production process that could be better done by people than by robots,” Moussaoui said.

It may be why many employees at the Atlanta UPS facility are on the ground floor, sorting through the large and irregular shaped packages passing by them at a slower speed on a conveyor belt.

Another place where humans play an important role is in the super hub’s master control room. At any time, about two dozen employees are watching 600 cameras and sensors. Dan Koozman is the control room manager for the daytime shift.

“By monitoring all the TVs up here, employees assist the operations down on the floor — giving them a heads up on heavy flow, and if there are jams where to move their people to keep it going,” Koozman said.

One of the software programs UPS customers uses is from ShipMatrix. The company’s president Satish Jindel, said the software helps companies track packages, and uses artificial intelligence to predict slowdowns and help major carriers to the right locations.

“If the packages show up in Baltimore, but you added drivers in Washington, you end up in trouble,” Jindel said. “You have enough drivers, but if they’re not in the right place, the guy in Washington cannot help the packages that are showing up in Baltimore.”

On-Time Deliveries

Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, UPS officials said the company expects to deliver more than 800 million packages.

Jindel said, this year, there’s a good chance, packages might actually come when you’re expecting them.

“I think this is turning out to be a perfect year for [the Post Office, FedEx and UPS],” Jindel said. “It’s showing to us even in the way they are approaching the customers to give them confidence that if you have more packages you want to make more sales and promotions go ahead and do that. We are ready to handle your business.”

During the peak holiday season this year, UPS had a nearly 98 percent on-time delivery rate.

Editor’s Note: This report has been updated to reflect UPS customers use ShipMatrix software, not UPS itself.