The Thomas and Joan Read Center for Distribution Research and Education is the premiere university distribution research center in the world. We contribute to the knowledge that educates our students in the world-famous Texas A&M Industrial Distribution Program. The Read Center is responsible for creating and codifying knowledge for our undergraduate, graduate and professional development students and industry partners seeking solutions that drive competitive advantage.
Who We Are
The Thomas & Joan Read Center has been operating for over 30 years, and has established itself as the leading source for codifying distribution best practices, knowledge generation and for providing education programs for industry professionals.
Why Choose Thomas & Joan Read Center?
The Thomas and Joan Read Center becomes your strategic partner when we work with your organization. Through our research branches, the Global Supply Chain Laboratory and The Talent Incubator, the Read Center works with industry leaders to discover new ways of productively and profitably servicing the needs of the marketplace.
The Read Center collaborates with two research arms: the Global Supply Chain Laboratory (GSCL) and the Talent Incubator Program (TIP).
Body of Knowledge ›
The GSCL has published its knowledge set through our alliance with the National Association of Wholesaler Distributors (NAW), the largest distribution association and a key partner to the Read Center.
Professional Development ›
The Read Center also offers programs for specialists through our open enrollment programs and custom programs, built specifically for our industry partners based on assessment studies of their operations.
The Read Center establishes and runs industry consortia every year to conduct research and develop research driven educational programs.
RELLIS Campus ›
Texas A&M University will soon complete construction of the RELLIS Campus, which will serve as the new center of research and education for the fields of engineering and industrial distribution.
Over the years, The Read Center has formed partnerships with multiple companies and organizations.