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March 1, 2017

CSU, Chico Supply Chain Management Students Compete in APICS West Coast Student Case Competition

Five students that make up the Chico State team stand in the lobby of a hotel and pose for a photo with their third-place winning certificate.

In February, five supply chain management students from California State University, Chico had the opportunity to compete at the western-regional level during the APICS Student Case Competition. The competition included 23 teams from various universities including University of San Diego, Arizona State University, Texas Christian University, Cal Poly Pomona, and more. Over 210 students participated in the two-day competition held in San Diego.

Teams participating in the APICS Student Case Competition were given a supply chain problem to be solved using a computer game that simulated a specialty beverage manufacturing company called “The Fresh Connection.” Teams developed solutions, then presented their results and the rationale for their decisions. The judges were comprised of APICS members who held senior Supply-Chain Management positions in a wide variety of industries.

The 2017 CSU, Chico competition team was comprised of five students; three seniors, one junior, and one sophomore. This year’s team members were Sol Govea, Alyssa Peterson, Matthew Schumacher, Madeleine Smith, and Emily Topielski.

The theme of this year’s competition was increasing the simulated companies return on investment (ROI) in its constrained environment. Each team was required to play three sequential rounds, and the three rounds simulated two years of business activity for the company. All teams were evaluated on the final ROI of their company and their presentation of their strategies and rationales for these strategies. The final team scores were weighted 50 percent on the teams’ presentation of their strategies and rationales, and 50 percent on their company’s ROI. The CSU, Chico team was awarded third-place.

The students immensely enjoyed the competition and felt that it allowed them to apply what they had learned in their classes to real-world supply chain management problems. The students also had the chance to network with supply chain management professionals from across the Western United States and fellow students from other universities. 

Bill Maligie
Business Information Systems Department