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The Center for Excellence in Logistics and Distribution (CELDi) is a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center consisting of five universities and 15+ companies from commercial, military, and government sectors of the economy. This NSF-sponsored center conducts
sponsored research and has demonstrated expertise in key areas such as:

  • Production / Manufacturing (Line balancing, Lean manufacturing, planning, scheduling, capacity analysis)
  • Replenishment from Suppliers (Levels, frequencies, modes of transportation)
  • Inventory (Policies, target levels, strategies for reduction)
  • Transportation / Distribution Planning (Multi-modal global logistics)
  • Integrated Inventory and Transportation Decision Making (Modeling/planning both aspects simultaneously)

Clemson’s industrial engineering faculty has conducted numerous CELDi projects with significant ROI for sponsoring companies. With annual research expenditures of approximately $2 million, some selected project experience includes the following:

  • Production: Tyson Foods, E. & J. Gallo Winery, BMW, TaylorMade-Adidas, American LaFrance
  • Distribution Planning: Walmart Stores, US Air Force
  • Replenishment: Sam’s Club, Lockheed-Martin
  • Inventory: Tyson Foods, Sam’s Club, Avaya, BMW, Lockheed-Martin
  • Transportation: US Air Force, Norfolk Southern, TransSolutions
  • Integrating Inventory/Trans: Global Concepts, US Air Force, Michelin
  • Supply chain oriented capstone projects: Boeing, BMW, Michelin, GE, Nutra, Schneider, Milliken, UTi

Contact: William G. Ferrell, Ph.D., P.E. | Clemson Site Director