A group of BBA students from the Grainger Center for Supply Chain Management at the Wisconsin School of Business brought home first place in a national supply chain competition hosted by the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.
The team of students, all undergraduates enrolled in the supply chain management specialization, competed with 7 other teams from across the country at the National Undergraduate Supply Chain and Operations Case Competition – Fall Series. The team included Alex Falish (BBA’14), Jacob Becker (BBA’15), Raisa Kote (BBA ‘15), and Alex Zukauskas (BBA ‘15).
At the competition the team analyzed a case about XDrone, a two-year-old start-up company that produces drones for consumer use. The company needed to redesign its supply chain to support growing demand and service requirements. The team created a comprehensive recommendation for how XDrone should design and implement a supply chain strategy – a make-to-stock with customization capabilities - to enable greater responsiveness and product customization for the retail customers. Students utilized the knowledge they’ve learned in the classroom to address multiple aspects of supply chain management including sourcing, logistics, demand management and forecasting, capacity, and customer service.
The team was awarded a cash prize of $4,000 and finished ahead of the teams from the Carlson School of Management (second place) and the Brigham Young University (third place). This is the second podium finish for Wisconsin teams this year, with students placing third in the spring series of the case competition that was held in April.
The full list of competing schools in the fall series included:
- Arizona State University, W.P. Carey School of Business
- Brigham Young University, Marriott School of Management
- Howard University, School of Business
- Iowa State University, College of Business
- University of Houston, C.T. Bauer College of Business
- University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management
- University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business
- University of Wisconsin–Madison, Wisconsin School of Business