UIndy nails supply chain competition


A team of business students from the University of Indianapolis claimed first place in the APICS: Association for Operations Management regional student case competition in Chicago.

The event included teams from 23 universities across the Midwest, including Indiana University, University of Illinois, University of Wisconsin, and Western Michigan University.

The competition began at 9 p.m. on a Friday, when the teams received details of a scenario involving a failing business. By 10:30 the next morning, each team had to conduct research, analyze data, identify key issues, and produce a paper with recommendations to help management save the company.

That afternoon, each team made a formal presentation of its recommendations to a panel of business professionals.

Scoring included the written and oral portions of the contest, which incorporated principles of supply chain management and the use of information technology to optimize workflow in production and sale of manufactured goods.

APICS is a 44,000-member professional society that offers training and resources related to production, inventory, supply chain management, materials management, purchasing and logistics.

UIndy’s champions come from the University’s student chapter of APICS, one of three student chapters in Indiana and one of the largest in North America.

All eight students are either majoring or minoring in supply chain management, and several will be among UIndy’s first graduates in that major, which debuted just three years ago.

“This demonstrates that University of Indianapolis students can compete with and excel against any of their peers in this field,” says Assistant Professor Karl Knapp, the UIndy team adviser.

“Our students clearly stood out alongside students from institutions of much larger size and longer-established supply chain management programs.”