Textile Supply Chain Operations

A supply chain, no matter where this concept is applied, consists of all the steps necessary to produce and distribute a product. This includes starting with the raw material, managing and coordinating various manufacturing, communication and information technologies, and delivering the finished product. The Textile Supply Chain Operations program focuses on solving problems in manufacturing, sourcing, transportation, logistics and retail operations.

Career Options

• Buyer / Planner
• Inventory Manager
• Strategic Sourcing Manager
• Logistics Manager
• Production Manager
• Supplier Quality Project Manager
• Worldwide Procurement Director

The Details

Students in the Textile Supply Chain Operations program receive in-depth training in the textile processes required to convert raw materials into finished products. These products will be as diverse as apparel, home furnishing, protective clothing, medical devices, transportation, and architecture. Students also learn about the technologies to support both the movement of materials (automatically guided vehicles-AGVs, robotics, etc) and the flow of information (barcodes, radio frequency identification- RFID, Enterprise Resource Planning computer systems- ERP, data mining, etc). Managing the materials and using the information are both major roles in supply chain management. The program encourages students to pursue their personal academic goals through summer internships, study abroad programs, product development projects, and undergraduate research.

Courses & Curricula

Technical Textile (BS): Textile Supply Chain Operations Degree Curriculum
Textile Technology (BS): Objectives and Outcomes


• Institute for Supply Chain Management (www.ism.ws)
• Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (cscmp.org)
• APICS: The Education Resource Society (www.apics.org)

For More Information, Contact:

Dr. George Hodge, TECS Department, College of Textiles, NC State University
919.515.7461 | george_hodge@ncsu.edu