The warehouse, which is a joint venture between the Integrated Supply Management (ISM) program at Western Michigan University (WMU) and the nonprofit employment-skills organization Urban Alliance, will house two supply chain “academies”—one focused on warehousing and the other on inventory control. The academies will teach unemployed and underemployed residents from the Kalamazoo area the skills they need to work for local warehousing and logistics companies. Simultaneously it will provide WMU students with an opportunity to learn how to manage and work with an entry-level workforce.

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