FAQs

Procuring Material Question

posted Feb 18, 2015, 9:43 PM by Ellen Kane

Question: Is it possible to get an order placed for the raw material that you may run out of in this round to be prepared for the next round (Round 1)? 

Answer: In the simulation, you cannot do this directly.  It’s built into the programming to look at leadtimes, lot sizes, rates of demand, safety stock levels, etc. and then place the order for us.   To say much more on my part would be to skirt the line of telling you an answer but there are at least three solutions I can think of quickly, that are available to you as a team, in this round, via some analysis on your teams part as well as in the rounds we play going forward on Friday.

Question about the Bottling Process

posted Feb 18, 2015, 9:31 PM by Ellen Kane

Question: I was confused on the bottling process a little as I am trying to calculate Production Interval.  i understand that there is changeover time for formula and bottle size, and startup time.  How does the game work out the issue, let's say on a given day if three skus are being produced, let's say OJ 1L, OJ PET, and OJ/Mango 1L?  Will the game automatically calculate the most efficient process, to Minimize changeover time?  FOr example not switching formulas, and just switching sizes.

Answer: My understanding from when I trained is that the software calculates based on demand, backlogs, production intervals, and safety stock levels, how much for each is needed and which would run out first and replenishes based on which runs out first

Getting Help with the 2015 Case Simulation

posted Feb 12, 2015, 5:09 PM by Ellen Kane   [ updated Feb 12, 2015, 5:12 PM ]

Question: I know once the competition starts, we cannot have outside help. I was just looking to clarify - is the practice round considered part of the competition?  Can we walk through the simulation with a professor and ask for advice?  Alternatively, can we ask about a certain topic (ie: pallet locations) and ask if there are any suggestions of resources where we can find more info?

Answer: There are no other people who can help you during the rounds (like professors). You are free to look up topics on the internet or use other reference material. But as the rounds progress, you will have less time per round.

5 days for the first round (practice), 4 days for the 2nd round, 1.5 hours for each round after that.

We obviously cannot monitor you when you are off site, but we hope you play by the rules.

If you have questions about the simulation (how to navigate, etc.), our case expert, Chuck Nemer is available by email at: cnemer@pressenter.com

Questions about Assigning/Switching Roles in the Case Simulation

posted Feb 12, 2015, 5:04 PM by Ellen Kane

Question: I'm excited about competing in this years competition, and in trying to prepare for the case, my team has started looking into the practice case. We understand that there are certain roles that each team member will take responsibility for. My question lies in the role assignment options, when I logged on to choose my role and begin the case with my team, I was only presented with one option, the Watch option. I wanted to make sure this is correct and/or is this how it will be for the actual competition start for next Monday. I look forward to hearing back from you soon.

Answer: Are you on a team with 5 people?  I think the group has to decide who has what role, so if you were the last to log on, then that might be the only role available to you.Doing it this way prevents folks from crossing over each other during play. During the play now, if the team wants to change roles, someone has to unclick from their role for it to show up so you can click on the opened up role and play it. At the same time you would unclick from your watchers role so that person can take it on.

How can I learn more about the simulation game?

posted Dec 9, 2014, 5:45 PM by Ellen Kane   [ updated Dec 9, 2014, 5:52 PM ]

Beginning in the 2015 competition, we will use "The Fresh Connection" as our Supply Chain Simulation game.  All teams will have a chance to learn more about the game and attend a webinar which will explain how it works in more detail, prior to the competition.  However, if you wish to get an overview of  The Fresh Connection (TFC), please click on the following links:

Why are Out of District teams charged more than Southwest District teams?

posted Sep 23, 2013, 6:21 PM by Ellen Kane   [ updated Sep 23, 2013, 6:22 PM ]

This competition is funded by the 15 chapters of the Southwest District of APICS. Therefore, prize money is donated primarily by the chapters of the Southwest District. Meals for students are covered by the Southwest District Manager's budget.

To help defray the costs of the event for schools outside of the Southwest District (prize money and meals), we need to charge additional funds from teams that are outside the Southwest District. We hope that this will also encourage other districts to hold their own competitions, but all teams from other districts are welcome to participate in the Southwest District Case Competition. For further questions, please contact the Committee Chair.

What team materials are available on Friday/Saturday?

posted Feb 18, 2013, 11:35 AM by Erin Gibson   [ updated Nov 17, 2014, 5:34 PM by Ellen Kane ]

Each team will have:
  • Pen and notepad provided by the hotel
  • Agenda Handout per person
  • 1 Hard Copy of the Case Problem per team
  • 1 USB Flash Drive with the Case Problem, Microsoft Word Template, Microsoft PowerPoint Template - This must be returned by 4pm on Friday!
  • Presentation Format: Laptop connected to a Projector. A presentation clicker will be provided. Your PowerPoint file will already be uploaded. No changes after 4pm.
What will not be provided:
  • A personal team room. The large conference room is available for all teams or you can reserve and pay for your own hotel room
  • Whiteboards, flip charts, extra sheets of paper, etc.
  • Printer for team use; the hotel may have one for guest use but please do not monopolize this service. Remember that there are other guests at the hotel!
  • Podium for presentations
If something is not listed above, then please contact the Committee Chair to confirm availability. Any items or services you request from the hotel will be charged to your team, not APICS.

What order do teams present?

posted Feb 17, 2013, 8:36 PM by Erin Gibson   [ updated Sep 28, 2013, 11:36 AM ]

The decision if Undergrads or Grads will present first will happen during a coin toss at the Case Introduction. Order of team presentations will be random. You must be present during all the presentations in your competition category.

Why should I bring business cards?

posted Feb 4, 2012, 11:31 PM by Erin Gibson

Attending the case competition is a great opportunity to network with other students and professionals within the operations and supply chain field. This isn't a career fair where you hand out your resume. If you have time, print out some business cards.

If you are short on time you can always buy business card paper and print cards on your computer at home.

What should we wear?

posted Feb 4, 2012, 9:40 PM by Erin Gibson   [ updated Feb 18, 2012, 9:55 AM ]

Business dress is suggested for student presentations.  Business casual is the normal dress at our district meetings. 

Participants are required to wear a nametag at all times. 

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