2016 Burbank

Ninety-four (94) students from 15 different schools competed as 22 teams in the APICS West Coast 10th Annual Student Case Competition on February 19-20, 2016 in Burbank, 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. Ten (10) teams competed in the graduate division, and 12 teams in the Undergraduate division.  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.

San Diego State University took top honors in both the Graduate (Team 3) and Undergraduate (Team 4) divisions. Second place was awarded to Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Team 8) in the Graduate Division, while California State Univeristy, San Marcos (Team 17) took second place in the Undergraduate Division..

San Diego State University (Team 3) 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 Washington, D.C. in September, 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 4:30 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, Canadian and International

Undergraduate Teams        

Team 4 – San Diego State University (1st Place Winner)

Team 9 – Sam Houston State University

Team 11 – University of San Diego

Team 12 – California State University, San Bernardino

Team 14 – Cal Poly Pomona

Team 15 – Cal Poly Pomona

Team 16 – California State University, San Bernardino

Team 17 – California State University, San Marcos (2nd Place Winner)

Team 22 - California State University, Northridge

Team 23 - California State University, Northridge

Team 24 - California State University, Chico

Team 25 - Colorado State University

Graduate Teams

Team 2 - University of Saskatchewan

Team 3 – San Diego State University (1st Place winner)

Team 5 – Texas Christian University (TCU)

Team 7 – Hong Kong University of Science & Technology

Team 8 – Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (2nd Place Winner)

Team 10 - University of San Diego

Team 13- University of Portland

Team 18 -Thunderbird International

Team 20 – Hult International Business School

Team 21 – Hult International Business School