Supply Chain 3rd place win

TCU Supply Chain Students Win at Michigan State Challenge

Supply chain majors Hayley Fry, Mark Branagh, Reid Waller and Paytin Specht took third place out of 13 teams from universities across the country. 

November 19,  2015

By Elaine Cole

The competition was tough, but a smart team of TCU undergraduate supply chain majors brought home a top prize of 3rd Place and $500 in the 7th annual MSU Bowersox Undergraduate Supply Chain Challenge.

Teams from 13 top undergraduate supply chain universities participated in the challenge, including Michigan State University (first prize), Central Michigan University (second), Pennsylvania State University, University of Maryland, Western Michigan University, West Virginia University and others.

Rather than a traditional case, the competition involved a supply chain simulation that puts students in the thick of decision making based on numerous factors and variables. Students must decide among suppliers and modes of transportation, production schedule based on demand, capacity requirements and sourcing strategies. Teams are measured on total revenue, order fulfillment, inventory turns and a profit figure.

Making the competition even more interesting, the TCU team and the West Virginia team were in study rooms next to each other working on their simulation as their Big 12 football teams played each other Thursday evening, October 29.

Congratulations to the TCU supply chain team on an impressive win.

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