Industrial Distribution Program Research

The Global Supply Chain Laboratory (GSCL) is a Texas A&M Industrial Distribution Program laboratory utilized to educate our students, create cutting edge solutions for wholesale and industrial distribution channels, and provide answers to Distribution and Supply Chain Management (SCM) challenges. The lab conducts research projects to solve distribution industry problems. Projects areas include inventory classification (ABC stratification), forecasting, purchasing planning, distribution network optimization (asset management), logistics planning, distribution channel analysis, application of performance metrics, Enterprise Resource Management (ERP) process and functionality improvements, etc. The lab also assists distributors and manufacturers with technology implementation, process automation and training to better manage their assets and increase profitability. The Global Supply Chain Laboratory also offers education and training to industrial distributors and manufacturers. The educational programs are research based, innovative, proven, and cutting edge methods developed within Texas A&M's Industrial Distribution Program.


The Thomas and Joan Read Center for Distribution Research and Education applies both advanced research skills and a thorough understanding of distribution to every project. Our experts, who merge long standing industry experience with the latest developments in academia, conduct both primary and secondary research for manufacturers, distributors, professional associations and publications.

Our expertise lies in the following major areas with in the field of Industrial Distribution.

  • Distributor Quality
  • Sales / Marketing
  • Executive Leadership
  • Strategy / Relationships
  • Profitability / Purchasing
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Transportation / Logistics
  • ERP / CRM / IT / E-business