Meet Rachel Kennedy, industrial distribution major
Rachel Kennedy, Schaumburg, Ill.
Major: Industrial Distribution/Industrial Technology
- Women in Technology, president
When I first came to Purdue, I wasn’t sure what I wanted. I started in accounting, and then I started looking at other majors I wasn’t familiar with. With industrial distribution, I liked the potential jobs, the class loads and the possibilities. I liked that most of the classes had lab components and that we could apply what we learned to real-world scenarios. The material really appealed to me. It has been fun, and I love being in warehouses. Every industry has them.
Making a difference
I hope to bring new ideas or ideas for processes to the company I work for to make their supply chain work smoother and more efficiently.
Simulation provides experience
In IT 33200 (Purchasing, Inventory, And Warehouse Management) we had a lab to learn software programs. We worked in the simulation in teams. The teams each had a customer base and also had to focus on inventory, pricing and replenishing stock. We had to be competitive with prices and marketing. At the end of the 20-minute period, the group with the best strategy won.
I was a supply chain field engineering intern for Office Depot, based in the company’s distribution center in Atlanta, Ga. I created a spare parts database for the conveyor systems in all of their distribution centers. I also applied inventory and replenishment processes that I learned about in class. It was a great experience to see concepts I’ve studied be put to use in a fast-paced distribution environment.