A little over a week ago, Supply Chain Matters extended praise and an enthusiastic Tip-of-the-Hat to supply chain and operations professional association APICS Supply Chain Council for its efforts in sponsoring, APICS- professional association for supply chain and operations managementwhat we believe to be as the first international student case study competition in supply chain management.  This competition has involved 166 university teams from around the world, consisting of 4-5 students per team, competing on their knowledge and enthusiasm in the broad topics related to supply chain management. The Fresh Connection Global Student contest challenged students to improve ROI for a fictional fruit juice company with average simulation results indicating a 24 percent ROI increase.

Earlier today we received word of the winners in this student competition conducted on Sunday, prior to the start of the APICS Annual Conference which wrapped-up this evening.

An APICS press release reports that the overall student competition winner was the team representing Sun Yat Sen University of China. Yes, China.

HEC Montreal and California State University teams were named second and third place winners, respectively. Each winning team was awarded a scholarship to aid in their continued studies.

Supply Chain Matters extends our congratulations to the three winning teams and our shout-out best wishes to all of the teams that have competed in this competition.  We trust that it was fun, exciting, and peaked interest in becoming a future supply chain management leader. You are welcomed to share your impressions of this competition in the Comments section attached to this posting.

 Good luck and best wishes to each of you.

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Bob Ferrari, Executive Editor