UWS’s Transportation and Logistics Team placing 1st place in the annual UNF Logistic & Supply Chain Management Case Competition. From left to right: Matt Thompson, Mei Cao, Laura Kumimatsu, and Kallahan Kappes. | Photo from UW System

Cara Steede | csteede@uwsuper.edu

Ever wondered how your food gets from farm to table? You can thank the transportation industry for the magic behind it. The University of Wisconsin-Superior has a Transportation and Logistics Club designed to highlight the industry’s importance to students. It’s a place where people who have an interest in transportation and logistics and supply chain management can come together.

According to the club’s president, Korey Garceau, “Everybody uses transportation everywhere.” Even if one is not a part of the T&L/SCM (transportation and logistics/supply chain management) program, one should still attend meetings to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes in the industry.

A typical meeting consists of food and speakers. According to the club’s events planner, Kasha Hughlett, meetings are “super fun and informational,” and “a great way to learn and better understand what’s going on in the world around you.”

Hughlett took a leadership position because she wanted a better understanding of what it took to run a club and wanted something that would look good on a resume. While Garceau took on a leadership role to be able to have the chance to form relationships with those in the industry.

According to Garceau, before the COVID-19 pandemic, people didn’t think much about supply chains. People just thought that things got done; they didn’t think much about how. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the importance of transportation and logistics and supply chains has been highlighted. When this industry is disrupted, it is difficult for consumers to obtain everyday goods such as toilet paper.

There has been an increase in global appreciation for the transportation/supply chain industry since the pandemic started, and the club hopes to use this newfound respect to grow its membership.

According to both Garceau and Hughlett, the club is open for any student to join, regardless of their major or minor. Their meetings are Tuesdays or Thursdays once a month at noon.