Ilitch Business student team wins 2020 Weber State Supply Chain Skills Challenge
A team of global supply chain management students from the Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University recently competed in and won the 2020 Supply Chain Skills Challenge hosted by Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Representing the Ilitch School were undergraduate supply chain majors Jaime Lopez, Vanessa Renner, Elizabeth Cociuba and Soros Ashley. The team was coached and accompanied by Assistant Professor of Global Supply Chain Management Hugo DeCampos. This is the second time in the past three years that Wayne State has taken home first place in this annual competition.
The event took place Feb. 20-22 and included both a Jeopardy-style knowledge competition and a 24-hour case competition. Each year, organizing professors Stan and Dee Fawcett of Weber State write a new case based on a real-life challenge for a local company in the Ogden area. This year’s case was based on Amer Sports, the holding company that owns popular outdoor equipment and apparel brands such as Arc’Teryx, Sunnto, Atomic, Salomon and Wilson.
Amer Sports’ North American headquarters is located in Ogden, and students toured their distribution facilities on Thursday, Feb. 20. The Amer Sports case study was distributed to teams the following morning, and its key problem statement focused on supply chain sustainability. Teams then had 24 hours to analyze the case and prepare a presentation without any assistance from team coaches or other outside individuals. Teams presented their recommendations to a panel of judges the morning of Feb. 22, and an awards banquet took place that afternoon.
Congratulations to this team of Warrior Strong supply chain students!