Logistical processes spanning the supply chain incorporate tremendous complexity and require substantial public and private sector investments. UNT is nationally recognized as a hub of expertise in logistics and supply chain management, offering an exceptional base of faculty and professional resources, and comprehensive programs that incorporate leading edge research, technologies and practices across the entire field. Research performed by the Complex Logistics Systems cluster focuses on the process design, network optimization, and execution of freight and passenger flows from the source of supply to delivery with the end-user. Areas of excellence include: aviation and motor carrier safety; network optimization and planning; financial management; inventory management and demand forecasting; costing and pricing of logistics and transporation; risk management; systems design and analysis; transportation planning and public policy, aviation management, freight and infrastructure planning; emergency response and humanitarian logistics; and modeling and simulation methods. The cluster leverages these strengths with partnerships in the public and private sectors to transform the complex, supply chains used to source and distribute goods on a global basis.
Logistics management has become a source of competitive advantage and value creation in companies throughout Texas and the United States. UNT’s location in the Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) metroplex offers superior advantages for the cluster. The Alliance Global Logistics Hub, Love Field, DFW International Airport, and the Dallas Logistics Hub make DFW the distribution center for North America. Texas boasts the nation's largest rail and road networks with over 10,000 miles of railroads, eight interstate highways, and more than 300,000 miles of roadways. Three of the nation’s Class One freight railroads, over 600 motor carriers, and 55 air cargo carriers have operations in the metroplex. Working alliances with business leaders benefit the industry and create meaningful opportunities for UNT student and faculty researchers to develop, advance, and apply knowledge in the field.