About the Teacher
CTC East Teacher of the Year 2015-2016
Advisory Board President
We are proud to have Dr. Ernest Nichols as our Advisory Board President for the Logistics and Supply Chain Program.
Dr. Ernest Nichols is Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management and Coordinator of SCM Programs in the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management in the Fogelman College of Business & Economics at the University of Memphis. Dr. Nichols' research has addressed a number of integrated SCM topics. He has conducted SCM consulting and educational programs for a number of Fortune 500 corporations and governmental agencies. Prior to his doctoral studies, Dr. Nichols was a management consultant with Dialog Systems, Inc. Dr. Nichols received his BA in Economics from the University of Maine, his MBA with a concentration in Materials and Logistics Management and Ph.D. in Business Administration from Michigan State University.
Text & Reference Books Used in Class:
MHI Career & Technical Education. Fundamentals of Warehousing & Distribution Volume 1: An Introductory Course in Material Handling. North Carolina: MHI, 2015. ISBN: 978-0-996-40110-4
MHI Career & Technical Education. Fundamentals of Warehousing & Distribution Volume 2: Warehouse Operations. North Carolina: MHI, 2012. ISBN: 978-0-996-40111-1
MHI Career & Technical Education. Fundamentals of Warehousing & Distribution Volume 3: Warehouse & Personal Performance. North Carolina: MHI, 2013. ISBN: 978-0-996-40112-8
MHI Career & Technical Education. Fundamentals of Warehousing & Distribution Volume 4: Developing Your Soft Skills-Making a Successful Leap from the Classroom to the Workplace. North Carolina: MHI, 2014. ISBN: 978-0-996-40113-5
Handfield, Robert B. and Nichols, Jr., Ernest L. Introduction to Supply Chain Management. New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1999. ISBN: 978-0-136-21616-2
Christopher, Martin. Logistics & Supply Chain Management. NewYork: Pearson Hall, 2011. ISBN: 978-0-273-73112-2
Goldsby, Dr. Thomas and Martichenko, Robert. Lean Six Sigma Logistics. Boca Raton: J. Ross Publishing, 2005. ISBN: 978-1-932159-36-3
In-Class Trade Show
The Logistics class recently added radio controlled “drones” to the classroom through the receipt of a local research grant. These indoor drones were purchased in order to study the use of drone technology in distribution center environments for activities such as physical inventory, cycle counting and verification. Students were already familiar with inventory management concepts and performing inventory counts through the use of manual processes and barcode equipment, but the addition of drones adds an entirely new opportunity for efficiency, speed and reduction of labor required to perform the task.