This is our third day in Milan and we’re starting to adjust to the time change and the city, now it’s time to do what we came here to do, study of course! We started our supply chain studies by visiting Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, a world-renowned school known for fashion and business in Milan. Here we attended a lecture taught by Francesca Romana Rinaldi and took a tour of the University itself. There were a lot of similarities between an Italian university and an American one, although the students in Milan dress a lot better. After the tour we went through an Art and Science Museum that had an entire exhibit dedicated to Leonardo Da Vinci. To end the day, we were set on our own for the evening where a few other students and I mastered the art of taking the Metro and found ourselves in the Canal District of Milan. It was a day full of fashion, art, science, food and exploration!
From the lecture we received today, I learned a lot about supply chain, but mostly sustainability. As a marketing major and business student in general, I think supply chain is really interesting. The way all different levels of the supply chain work together in order to help each other make and deliver the product to a customer is a complex and ever-improving industry. During our lecture, Professor Francesca talked about push and pull methods of supply chain from mass manufacturing to made to order products. The most important takeaway from the lecture though was the three P’s: Planet, People and Profits. These three things are what people are most concerned about when it comes to sustainability, although not all three things are weighted equally in the eyes of owners, customers, workers etc.
After attending the lecture then touring the University, we visited the museum. We were given a tour by our Worldstride tour guide who was awesome, especially in the Da Vinci room. We saw all sorts of items made from Italians from science to astronomy to art etc. After a few of us figured out how to ride the Metro and took on the canal district. We found an amazing restaurant next to the water and ate outside. It was a perfect way to wrap up the Italian culture-filled day.
Tomorrow is Lake Como, one of the most beautiful places not only in Italy but also in the world. Even though its supposed to be cold and rainy I can’t wait!