3PL Central awards first 2022 scholarship

by Emily Atkins

3PL Central has awarded its Spring 2022 supply chain scholarship to Michelle Garland, a student in Sam Houston State University’s Bachelor of Business Administration in Supply Chain Management.

Garland won the US$2,500 scholarship for her essay “The Future of AMRs (automated mobile robots) and Robotics in Supply Chain”.

Software provider 3PL Central also opened the application process for its $2,500 scholarship for Fall 2022. The fourth round of funding is aimed at supporting education for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in supply chain management or logistics programs.

Since its inception in Fall 2020, 3PL Central has given $8,750 to scholarship winners and finalists. Applicants must be enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s program in business administration, supply chain, or logistics in the United States or Canada.

Applicants should submit their name, school, major, contact information, and a maximum 1,000-word essay on the next big advancement in supply chain management by June 1, 2022, to be considered for the $2,500 Fall Semester 2022 3PL Central Supply Chain Scholarship. Winners will be notified before July 1, 2022.

The company cites record low unemployment rates, suggesting there is a significant need to find novel ways to attract new staff. “Finding and supporting those next-generation visionary leaders will be pivotal in designing and developing evolving logistics frameworks, processes, and technology to meet the rising demands of the supply chain,” it said in a release.

The 3PL Central Supply Chain Scholarship encourages interest in logistics careers and gives aspiring professionals financial support during their educational journey. It also intends to inspire new ideas for the warehousing industry.

Seeking new input

“Every generation looks at technology in different ways. From automated mobile robots to autonomous trains and trucks, to circular supply chains, last semester’s scholarship applicants demonstrated how technology will transform the supply chain,” said Rachel Trindade, chief marketing officer at 3PL Central.

“Uniquely, many of this years’ applicants highlighted how these advancements can also help improve sustainability, an increasing concern for many entering this industry. With the scholarship, 3PL Central seeks to foster new ideas and passion in warehousing and logistics in order build talent and innovation for the future.”

Michelle Garland, in her Spring 2022 winning essay said: “In uncertain times such as these, more and more companies are looking at cutting costs, increasing Covid-19 safety precautions, and improving the pick and pack process. AMRs can promise to do just that by reducing labor costs, increasing productivity while working safely around humans, and reducing expensive mispicks and packaging errors. While the price point may not be up to speed with the increased need of robotics, it’s only a matter of time before competition frees up AMRs and AMMRs (autonomous mobile manipulation robots) for use in most mid-sized warehouses and distribution centers.”

The winning essay, as well as other finalist essays, will be featured once weekly during January in the 3PL Central blog.