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UNIBusiness finds success at Denver case competition

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At the Operation Stimulus supply chain and logistics student case competition in early February, members of the 19 competing teams were asked to raise their hands if they were classified as anything lower than a senior. About four or five participants raised their hands. Two of them were from the four-member UNIBusiness team.

But judging by the team’s performance, age didn’t seem to be a hindrance.

The team, made up of seniors Ashley Rasmussen and Brady Eversmeyer, junior Casey Harms and sophomore Kevin Kiesel, finished in third place at the case competition, beating some larger, more experienced schools.

“It was absolutely amazing,” Rasmussen said. “Our team just worked so hard. You could tell some of the other teams had one or two members do the majority of the work. We definitely pulled it through as a team, and it turned out great."

The case competition, hosted by the Denver Transportation Club in Colorado, has a history dating back to 1982. The competition brings in colleges from around the nation to innovate and solve logistics problems for fictional companies in an efficient and cost-effective manner. After putting together a plan, teams present in front of a panel of judges. Five finalists are chosen and have to present again given a twist to the case.

This year’s scenario involved a retail hardware store trying to move purchased goods from Hong Kong to its distribution center in Ohio. The products were everything from Christmas trees to hardware kits to mini refrigerators.

“They were trying to get them from the port of Hong Kong to Ohio in the most cost-effective and the most logistically beneficial way possible,” said Dan Bumblauskas, UNIBusiness assistant professor of management and the adviser for the team. “Whether they go through the Panama Canal, the Suez Canal or through British Columbia, Canada, there were a lot of different options across the ocean.”

While the realistic experience was invaluable for the students, the competition also provided quality networking opportunities with logistics professionals. Rasmussen was actually offered a job because of those networking events.

“The experiences, especially from a networking standpoint, provide a lot of opportunities,” Bumblauskas said. “It’s not just in the Denver area, either. They have a formal supply chain and logistics conference going on in accordance with the case competition, so it’s a great chance to get job opportunities from companies all over the country.”

The third-place finish in Denver continued UNIBusiness’ impressive showing in supply chain competitions during the 2017-18 academic year. At the General Motors/Wayne State University Supply Chain Case Competition in October 2017 in Detroit, UNIBusiness’s four-member team was also one of the five finalists.

Posted on 06-Apr-18


  






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UNIBusiness finds success at Denver case competition

Supply-Chain-inline.jpg

At the Operation Stimulus supply chain and logistics student case competition in early February, members of the 19 competing teams were asked to raise their hands if they were classified as anything lower than a senior. About four or five participants raised their hands. Two of them were from the four-member UNIBusiness team.

But judging by the team’s performance, age didn’t seem to be a hindrance.

The team, made up of seniors Ashley Rasmussen and Brady Eversmeyer, junior Casey Harms and sophomore Kevin Kiesel, finished in third place at the case competition, beating some larger, more experienced schools.

“It was absolutely amazing,” Rasmussen said. “Our team just worked so hard. You could tell some of the other teams had one or two members do the majority of the work. We definitely pulled it through as a team, and it turned out great."

The case competition, hosted by the Denver Transportation Club in Colorado, has a history dating back to 1982. The competition brings in colleges from around the nation to innovate and solve logistics problems for fictional companies in an efficient and cost-effective manner. After putting together a plan, teams present in front of a panel of judges. Five finalists are chosen and have to present again given a twist to the case.

This year’s scenario involved a retail hardware store trying to move purchased goods from Hong Kong to its distribution center in Ohio. The products were everything from Christmas trees to hardware kits to mini refrigerators.

“They were trying to get them from the port of Hong Kong to Ohio in the most cost-effective and the most logistically beneficial way possible,” said Dan Bumblauskas, UNIBusiness assistant professor of management and the adviser for the team. “Whether they go through the Panama Canal, the Suez Canal or through British Columbia, Canada, there were a lot of different options across the ocean.”

While the realistic experience was invaluable for the students, the competition also provided quality networking opportunities with logistics professionals. Rasmussen was actually offered a job because of those networking events.

“The experiences, especially from a networking standpoint, provide a lot of opportunities,” Bumblauskas said. “It’s not just in the Denver area, either. They have a formal supply chain and logistics conference going on in accordance with the case competition, so it’s a great chance to get job opportunities from companies all over the country.”

The third-place finish in Denver continued UNIBusiness’ impressive showing in supply chain competitions during the 2017-18 academic year. At the General Motors/Wayne State University Supply Chain Case Competition in October 2017 in Detroit, UNIBusiness’s four-member team was also one of the five finalists.

Posted on 06-Apr-18







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