2015 Claremont

Eighty-two (82) students from 14 different schools competed as 21 teams in the APICS West Coast 9th Annual Student Case Competition on February 20-21, 2015 in Claremont, California. This event was hosted by the APICS Southwest District and coincided with the district meeting. As in previous years, there were two separate divisions – a Graduate and an Undergraduate division. Eleven (11) teams competed in the graduate division, and 10 teams in the Undergraduate division.  For the first time, the case was a computer simulation game called “The Fresh Connection”. There were multiple rounds played by each team followed by oral presentations, delivered to judges on Friday evening.

Thunderbird School of Global Management (Team 20) took first place in the Graduate Division. Second place was awarded to Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Team 3).

Cal Poly Pomona (Team 22) took first place in the Undergraduate Division. Second place was awarded to University of Portland (Team 18).

Cal Poly Pomona (Team 22) received the highest score out of the two divisions and will be invited to compete at a case competition at the APICS International Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, LA in October, representing the Southwest District.

Prior to attending the competition, students completed a practice and a “real” round of the game. On-site, students completed 2 additional rounds of the simulation game on Friday morning. At 4 p.m. that same day they submitted their 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. Saturday's finalists competed in one more additional round of the game, and then presented their report, orally, to the APICS professionals who were present.  They were also faced with Q&A from the audience. The judges for the final round were the chapter leaders of the Southwest District.

Students took on the role of key vice presidents of the juice company (Sales, Operations, Purchasing and Supply Chain) to develop and execute those strategies to turnaround the company which was losing money. Students presented to the judges who took on the role of the company’s Board of Directors.  Students competed for cash awards provided by the chapters of the Southwest Districts.

Participating teams are listed below and color-coded by District. Southwest, Pacific Western, Terra Grande, and International

Undergraduate Teams        

Team 1 – Unversity of San Diego

Team 5 – San Diego State University

Team 10 – Cal State University, San Bernardino

Team 11 – Universidad Autonoma de Cuidad Juarez

Team 14 – Cal State University, San Bernardino

Team 15 – Cal State University, Fullerton

Team 18 – University of Portland (2nd place winner)

Team 21 – Cal Polytechnic University, Pomona

Team 22 - California Polytechnic University Pomona (1st Place winner, invited to Conference)

Team 23 - Cal State University, Northridge


Graduate Teams

Team 2 - University of San Diego

Team 3 – Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (2nd Place winner)

Team 4 – University of Houston

Team 6 – San Diego State University

Team 7 - University of Southern California

Team 8 - University of Utah

Team 9- University of Houston

Team 12 - Universidad Autonoma de Cuidad Juarez

Team 16 – Hult International Business School

Team 19 – University of Portland

Team 20 – Thunderbird School of Global Management (1st Place winner)