New Cooperative Alliance Tackles the Challenges of Logistics in Latin America

December 01, 2004

Cynthia S. Shaw
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New Cooperative Alliance Tackles the Challenges of Logistics in Latin America

The Global Logistics Program at Georgetown University's Robert Emmett McDonough School of Business has formed a cooperative alliance with the Latin America Logistics Center (LALC) based in Washington, D.C., to develop joint educational programs, research projects, and publications advancing logistics and supply chain management practices in Latin America.

"The management of global logistics is a major and growing challenge," says Georgetown McDonough School Professor Ricardo Ernst, who directs the Global Logistics Program. "With this alliance we intend to create an educational arena to instill and advance the values, knowledge, and skills of sophisticated information-based logistics in Latin America."

While the alliance is new, Ernst and Maria F. Rey, LALC's founder and executive director, have a number of activities already underway, including:

  • The creation of a Leadership Advisory Board for Latin American Competitiveness, to be formalized in February 2005;
  • The development of joint educational programs on supply chain management in Costa Rica and Peru;
  • Faculty exchanges between Georgetown University and LALC, including executive training for the Export-Import Bank in Washington, D.C.;
  • Joint projects with the World Bank pertaining to logistics and infrastructure development in Latin America and the Caribbean, and
  • A joint research paper on "The State of Logistics Outsourcing in Latin America," forthcoming in January 2005.

Rey explains that the cooperative alliance contributes with LALC's mission to improve the competitiveness of Latin American organizations.

"While governments and industry groups negotiate free trade agreements and access to enlarged markets, Latin American enterprises need excellent logistics and flawlessly integrated supply networks to take advantage of such opportunities," Rey says. "Creating optimal logistic scenarios is paramount to the economic and social development of Latin America."

About LALC
The Latin America Logistics Center is the largest administrator of public logistics training and education and benchmarking services in Latin America. With more than 3,500 students registered through its classes per year and 580 companies participating in public and private benchmarking consortiums, the LALC offered 96 courses in 16 Latin American countries in 2004. LALC was founded in 1998 in Atlanta, Ga., and in 2004, it was relocated to Washington, D.C., to take advantage of the cooperative alliance with Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business.

About Georgetown's McDonough School of Business
Offering unparalleled access to the world's business, policy and thought leaders, Georgetown University's Robert Emmett McDonough School of Business is seated at one of the nation's most prestigious universities in one of the world's most dynamic and important cities. The school is committed to developing leaders capable of making complex business decisions in a global environment and who are dedicated to serving their companies, society and humanity. The McDonough School's undergraduate, MBA, executive education and International Executive MBA programs provide solid grounding in all the core management disciplines, with an emphasis on the global, ethical and political environment of business. For more information about the McDonough School, visit