Future's MBA course to spawn supply chain managers

Our Bureau Bangalore | Updated on May 31, 2011 Published on May 31, 2011

The Kishore Biyani-owned Future group has now set its sights on training future managers for the burgeoning logistics industry. On Tuesday, its academic arm launched a two-year MBA in supply chain management, its second sector-specific course after an MBA in retail it started last year.

A hundred candidates would be taken in for the 2011-13 batch between the Bangalore and Ahmedabad campuses of Future Innoversity, said Mr Muralidhar Rao, CEO, Future Learning. “SCM is the backbone of all consumer-related services sectors, it is growing very fast and calls for focussed talent that conventional MBAs cannot offer,” he said after a news conference.

“We are gunning for engineering graduates who may be looking for an alternative career path.” Innoversity has tied up with Indira Gandhi National Open University for the course.

Mr Anshuman Singh, Managing Director and CEO, Future Supply Chains, which caters to group stores – Pantaloons, Big Bazaar, Food Bazaar, Central, Home Town and eZone – said the domestic logistics market was estimated at Rs 4.5 lakh crore and growing at 10 per cent annually.

The organised logistics sector, at 6 per cent of this pie, was growing at 25 per cent and would need thousands of skilled managers in the next three years. Future group alone would have a large requirement and would absorb some of those passing out the course.

The course would meet a large talent gap in managing supply chains across many consumerist areas ranging from food, FMCG, white goods, to medicine and automotives.

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Published on May 31, 2011
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