UNCG and NC A&T State joined teams recently to earn top honors – and prove their procurement and supply management prowess – during the Institute for Supply Management – Carolinas-Virginia’s inaugural Emerging Professional Supply Chain Case Competition, or “SC3”.
The achievement came during ISM-CV’s annual conference, held June 25 this year at Sea Trails Resort in Sunset Beach, NC.
UNCG’s Mehek Khera, of Greensboro, and NC A&T’s Devonta Ellington, of Summerfield, each took home a $1,000 scholarship for the victory. They received competition support and oversight from advisor Larry Taube, director of the undergraduate program at UNCG’s Bryan School of Business and Economics.
NC State University took the runner-up prize.
The Emerging Professional Supply Chain Case Competition (SC3), a signature event of the ISM-CV Emerging Professional Group, provides a platform for college students studying business and supply chain management to showcase their talents and schools.
Competitors were provided a real-life, industry-based case study courtesy of SMS-Advisors. Supplied with a case briefing, seven hours of team collaboration time, supporting material and scheduled time for Q&A, the students assumed the role of a supply-chain consulting firm. They were “hired” to formulate a sales pitch and plan of action for a prospective client in the mattress industry ready to turn around their cost-management program. Using supporting material and impromptu training sessions, the students drafted a strategic sourcing plan – identifying and generating cost savings and working capital opportunities to ultimately deliver their pitch to the “management” of the mock consulting firm. In reality, that “management” was a four-person judging panel, and the setting was in front of a real audience of potential employers and executives, as well as, university faculty and community leaders.
ISM-CV, founded in 1920 as a professional purchasing association, is an affiliate of the 47,000-member Institute for Supply Management, and is the largest regional supply management and procurement organization in the southeastern United States.