ISLI study trip: exploring the key stages of the supply chain

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From Monday 13 to Thursday 16 March, the ISLI Master of Science (MSc) students visited six logistics production sites to observe all the concrete phases of the supply chain on the spot.

ISLI study trips, a win-win concept

A study trip in real conditions to understand all the stages of the supply chain

For many years, the ISLI programme has been offering highly appreciated on-site industrial trips, where students have the opportunity to:

  • Gain a full understanding of the challenges of the supply chain
  • Benefit from the expertise of supply chain management specialists and have their questions answered
  • Have a hands-on and implemented vision of the concepts taught at ISLI
  • Expand their professional network in the supply chain sector and possibly submit an application

Study trips, a genuine added value for the partner companies

For the companies that host the students, the study trips are also an opportunity to:

  • Detect new talents by introducing them to the key supply chain professions and to the workplace environment of their company
  • Inform students of the opportunities for recruitment (internships, work-study programmes, positions open to young graduates, etc.)
  • Support their own CSR approach by being an active player in the integration of young people into the workforce
  • Promote the company brand by allowing students to discover their facilities

Which logistics companies did the students visit?

Starting the tour with the electronic supply chain

The ISLI MSc 2023 students started their study trip with a visit to Schneider Electric. The energy management and automation specialist warmly welcomed the group on its site in Les Agriers (16) for a deep dive into the electronics supply chain and the manufacture of the PCBAs (assembled printed circuit boards) and charging stations for electric cars.

Manufacturing processes and sustainable supply chain

The next morning, L'Oréal offered students a tour of its factory in Les Ormes (86) to give them a concrete insight into the cosmetics manufacturing process. In the afternoon, the group then headed to FM Logistic (a French reference company in the sustainable supply chain) for a instructive visit of the storage, preparation and dispatch units of the Escrennes site (45).

A tour of a B to B and B to C retail logistics platform

The retail sector was in the spotlight on Wednesday with a visit to the Sephora logistics platform, located in the heart of the Deret Warehouse in Saran (45). On this occasion, the students were shown the range of facilities set up to optimise the B2B and B2C operations of the major cosmetics retailer. They also enjoyed a friendly lunch with the Deret staff, during which they shared motivating talks.

The logistics platform of a supermarket retail chain

On the last day, the French supermarket chain Intermarché opened the doors of its logistics platform in Angoulême (16). The retailer has recently equipped itself with a brand new fully mechanised and robotised warehouse. With a surface area of 72,000 m2 dedicated to the storage of dry, fresh and frozen products, it allows 150 supermarkets to be delivered in the shortest possible time.

Many thanks to the companies for their warm welcome and for the time devoted to sharing their passion for supply chain with the young generation during this study trip.

About ISLI

Created in 1984, ISLI is KEDGE's supply chain training programme. Delivered entirely in English on the Bordeaux campus, it allows students to develop skills in logistics and Global Supply Chain Management. Its international reputation is based on the recognition of the industry, its research team and its experiential teaching methods.

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