2012 Van Nuys

One hundred and twenty-seven (127) students from 12 different schools competed as 25 teams in the APICS West Coast 6th Annual Student Case Competition on February 10-11, 2012 in Van Nuys, California. This event was hosted by the Southwest and Pacific Western Districts of APICS during an APICS Southwest District Meeting. As in previous years, there were two separate divisions – a Graduate and an Undergraduate division. Thirteen (13) teams competed in the graduate division, and 12 teams in the Undergraduate division.

Thunderbird School of Global Management took first place in the Graduate Division. Second place was awarded to San Diego State University.

University of Portland took first place in the Undergraduate Division. Second place was awarded to Arizona State University.

Students were given the case problem at approximately 9 a.m. on Friday morning by case author Randy Urness, CPIM, CSCP. At 4 p.m. that same day they submitted an executive summary case solution and PowerPoint presentation. All teams presented Friday evening to determine the top two teams from each division that would compete in the final round of judging Saturday morning. The judges for the final round were the chapter leaders of the Southwest District.

The case was based on a real cargo trailer manufacturing company that had one of its international suppliers go bankrupt. Students were told to make recommendations to the Operations Manager of the company on ways to solve their problems. Students competed for cash awards provided by the chapters of the Southwest and Pacific Western Districts.