Supply Chain Students Place 3rd in Regional Competition

February 20, 2015

A team of five College of Business graduate students took third place at the Great Lakes APICS competition held in Chicago February 20-21, 2015.

APICS is the leading professional association for supply chain and operations management.  

Dr. Yi-Su Chen, Assistant Professor of Operations Management, helped the student team prepare for the competition. The students were asked to create a supply chain strategy for the fictional company Beautiful Bags, which manufactures purses in both China and the US.  The challenge was to create a supply chain strategy that would lead to optimal sourcing, given that some of its products are mature products with predicable demand, while others are new products with unpredictable demand.  The students applied skills learned in their Operations Management courses, including Economic Order Quantity (EOQ).  

The team included four students in the MS-Supply Chain program, Jennifer Dhanapal, Marily Martinez Salazar, Vasanth Jayaraman, and Balaji Panneerselvam.  It also included one student in the MBA program who is concentrating in Supply Chain Management, Paul Stevens.  The team was awarded a $1000 cash prize.

The competition involved teams from 25 schools in the Great Lakes region, including Purdue University, Indiana University, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

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