UE Schroeder School of Business Third in Conexus Logistics Case Competition

Posted: Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The University of Evansville Schroeder School of Business won third place in the Conexus Logistics Case Competition held in Indianapolis. October 12-14. Teams from 18 Indiana colleges vied to develop the best solution to a logistics-related issue at this contest. This was the first time for the event, which was sponsored by Conexus Indiana.

The goal of the competition was to increase awareness of logistics career opportunities and build the pipeline of students seeking logistics careers.

During the event, students had networking access to many of the state’s highest ranking logistics executives while working in teams to develop the winning response to a real-world logistics business case. The scenarios presented to the students to solve represented issues regularly faced by today’s industry leaders in high-tech logistics environments.

Early on October 12 each team was presented with a case to solve for a fictitious company. Taking on the role of that company’s logistics team, they were given 36 hours to come up with a solution. The contest culminated with the teams’ case presentations to the judges and the awarding of cash prizes, which ranged from $5,000 (first place), $2,000 (second place), and $1,000 (third place).

During the event, team members also attended an executive networking dinner, and gathered for a daylong workshop hosted by the Indianapolis law firm, Frost Brown Todd LLC. A reception followed the workshop at the Indianapolis Zoo where students discussed potential careers and future job roles with business representatives.

Yolanda Obaze, UE assistant professor of supply chain management, noted that the UE team’s third place win was particularly impressive as they have had limited exposure to the field of logistics and supply chain management. The University is planning to launch a new logistics and supply chain management program.

Obaze believes the UE team’s success despite lack of experience in the field is a good indication that this new program will thrive.

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