Go Where the Classroom Can't
Each year, the club takes a number of trips around the state, around the country and even around the globe.
Spring 2020: Charleston, South Carolina
Visit to The Port of Charleston, XPO Logistics, Boeing, and the Air Force Command Operations
The photos above are from the club's visit to the Port of Charleston. We had the incredible opportunity to ride on a bus throughout the terminal with a guide who works for the Port. We were able to see how and where the trucks coming in were scanned with efficiency and drove through the different storage areas. Following storage, we had the opportunity to drive under the gantry cranes and watched containers being unloaded from a ship. Having the experience to physically see and be immersed into a port terminal helps understanding of scale, efficiency, and methods of operation. The Port of Charleston is the 10th busiest port in the United States.
To the right the club first went to see XPO Logistics operations. XPO acts as a warehouse and logistics provider for the Boeing operations of the Dreamliner. Here we got the opportunity to walk through the houseware/distribution center and the value adding services XPO provides for Boeing. Then we went to the Boeing facility and saw the XPO processes in place there while making planes!
This is a photograph of the club at the US Air Force Command Operations. Here, the base is connected to a terminal on the Port of Charleston and services repairs and maintenance for military equipment. Here we were able to learn about the chain of command in a military setting and the differences in buying and procurement of materials. Differences include the scope of orders and different places that they order from. We also had the opportunity to walk around their warehouses and compare the scope of military demand and inventory at peak versus non-peak times.