Graduate supply chain students from 12 universities across the country came to TCU to see who had the best answer to a challenge presented by the National Restaurant Association Supply Chain Management Executive Study Group. The first annual event was presented by the Center for Supply Chain Innovation at the TCU Neeley School of Business.
“We formed this unique competition to showcase top supply chain talent across the U.S. in a forum where they can demonstrate the innovative knowledge they are learning to senior executives in the field,” said Dave Malenfant, director of the Center for Supply Chain Innovation at TCU Neeley.
First place and $7,000 was awarded to Brigham Young University. Second place and $5,000 was awarded to Iowa State University. Third place and $3,000 was awarded to the University of Pittsburg and fourth place and $1,500 was awarded to Michigan State University. Students on the top three teams also received iPads courtesy of Corning Optical Communications.
The competition was sponsored by the National Restaurant Association Supply Chain Management Executive Study Group, Corning Optical Communication, Walmart and the ISM-Fort Worth.
Judges included supply chain executives from Corning Optical Communications, Walmart, DFW International Airport, American Airlines, IBM, H&K International, 7-11, Alcon Labs, Transportation Intermediaries Assoc., Kinexo, Pegasus Logistics, Brinker International, McLane Foodservice, Next Stage Partners, CEVA, RGP, Michael’s Foods, Expeditors, Centralized Supply Chain Service, Awesome, Restaurant Supply Chain Solutions and Tropical Smoothie Café.
The National Restaurant Association Supply Chain Management Executive Study Group provided the prize money. The National Restaurant Association is the largest foodservice trade association by membership in the world, supporting more than 500,000 restaurant businesses.
Participating schools were:
Brigham Young University/Marriott School of Management
Iowa State University/College of Business
Michigan State University/Broad College of Business
Rutgers University/Rutgers Business School
Texas Christian University/Neeley School of Business
University of Arkansas/Walton College of Business
University of Houston/Bauer College of Business
University of Maryland/Smith School of Business
University of Pittsburgh/Katz Graduate School of Business
University of South Carolina/Moore School of Business
University of Texas at Dallas/Jindal School of Management
University of Wisconsin-Madison/Wisconsin School of Business