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The French leader in major-brand destocking opened its doors to NEOMA BS students on 16 September as part of an introductory logistics course. The visit was completely in line with TEMA philosophy, which puts learning about real companies at the heart of its academic project.

During their visit, the second-year students discovered how one of the two logistics platforms at the Longueil-Sainte-Marie site operates. They were welcomed by the Recruitment and Mobility Manager, and the Supply Chain Director, and discovered on site the reality of corporate logistics. “It was an opportunity for the students to learn about supply chains in the field,” explained Aurélien Rouquet, Professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management at NEOMA BS. Discovering the professional world is at the heart of the TEMA academic project. TEMA is a five-year post-high school management and technology programme. By regularly immersing its students in the reality of business life, TEMA prepares them to join the world of work. “This type of onsite initiative complements perfectly the more theoretical teaching delivered in the classroom.” Graduates from the programme, whose sights are on positions in innovate project management, are thus quickly operational and able to adapt to each company’s needs.

Arnaud BOMPY, a second-year TEMA student gave his thoughts on the visit. “When we were told about company visits to ‘complement’ our Logistics and Supply Chain course, I immediately thought it was a good idea. This initiative gives us an opportunity to observe what we had just studied in theory in a real professional situation, which, moreover, is at the heart of the Stokomani Supply Chain. I enjoyed the visit greatly, because we were able to speak directly to quality managers, who are experts in the field, using exactly the vocabulary we had seen in the classroom. The welcome we received at the company was also very much appreciated.”

With its cutting-edge logistics model, Stokomani is an obvious, extremely relevant company case study for our students. “The company’s strong growth led its Supply Chain department to make considerable investments in recent years, both in terms of information systems and mechanisation,” explains Aurélien Rouquet. In particular, the firm has developed a system of storage racking managed by automatic shuttles. The firm operates nearly 80.000 m² of warehousing, including two logistics sites at Longueil-Sainte-Marie of 27.000 and 15.000 m².

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