ASU Students, Arizona Professionals Win Their Way to Global Supply Chain Competition

ASU Students, Arizona Professionals Win Their Way to Global Supply Chain Competition

Headed to Long Beach, California as One of Three International Finalists

Tempe, Arizona (June 13, 2016) – After winning a regional qualifier earlier this year, a group of Arizona State

University students and local supply chain professionals are headed to Southern California this month as one of three final teams competing in the Global Challenge – an international supply chain competition that brings students and industry professionals together to discuss ideas and develop winning supply chain strategies for an increasingly global business market.

The Global Challenge finals take place June 17 in Long Beach, California and consist of the competition’s three remaining teams: Arizona (USA), Columbia (South America) and Benelux (Europe).

The five-person Arizona team is made up of individuals from Intel, Naumann Hobbs and graduate and undergraduate supply chain students from Arizona State University (ASU). The Arizona team earned placement in the finals based on high scores at the Global Challenge regional qualifier, hosted at ASU on January 15 by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). That portion of the challenge included more than 50 local participants.

“Placing as one of the world’s top three teams in this competition speaks volumes about the expertise that exists in our Arizona companies, our supply chain professionals and our ASU students,” said Sean Arleth, Secretary for the Arizona Roundtable – CSCMP and Director of Business Development for Point B. “As global business becomes more complex, organizations across all industries must do just what this team has done, which is to continue to mature on their journey toward supply chain excellence,”

Designed to bridge professional generational gaps, the Global Challenge uses a web-based supply chain simulation game called The Fresh Connection that requires teams to make strategic and tactical decisions to save a virtual manufacturer from financial ruin. During the game, which was created by Netherlands-based Inchainge, the teams must serve in functions including sales, purchasing, operations and supply chain.

“Over the past five months, the Arizona team has collaborated across their functional roles to break down silos, turn around a failing organization and turn a profit. Their key to success was the ability to build a common vision, strategy and set of goals prior to making decisions across the supply chain that would impact customers, service levels, inventory, sourcing and more.” In Long Beach, the three remaining Global Challenge teams will compete face-to- face in the final round of the competition. Each member of the winning team will receive an all-expense paid trip to CSCMP’s Annual Conference 2016 in Orlando, Florida, where they will be recognized for their achievement.

For more information on the CSCMP Global Challenge, visit releases/cscmp-launches-global- challenge-bridge- generational-gaps- within-supply.


The Mission of CSCMP is to lead the evolving Supply Chain Management profession by developing, advancing, and disseminating Supply Chain knowledge and research. The association helps supply chain managers connect and collaborate, and become more effective professionals. It also creates awareness of the significance of supply chain to business and to the economy.

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CSCMP Roundtable Global Challenge

Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals Announces Global Challenge International Contest Coming to the Valley

Tempe, Ariz. – The Arizona Roundtable of the global Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) announced it will host the first ever Arizona regional qualifier for the Global Challenge international contest on January 15th at Arizona State University.

Designed to bridge professional generational gaps, the competition creates a platform where millennials and seasoned professionals can discuss new ideas to develop a winning supply chain strategy. Using Inchainge’s The Fresh Connection, a web-based supply chain simulation game, teams of four players serving in cross functional areas including sales, purchasing, operations and supply chain are required to make strategic and tactical decisions to save a virtual manufacturer from financial ruin. This exciting competition allows participants and observers to experience the impact of supply chain management on long term business performance.

“Supply Chains are an integral component of business, especially as Arizona businesses continue to compete with products and services in the global market,” said Richard Woolery, President of the AZ Roundtable CSCMP. “This competition allows us to seek out the best and brightest in Arizona and showcase how talented individuals in value chain management can directly affect bottom line results, sustainability, and economies worldwide.”

Woolery suggests this competition will allow participating young professionals and students the opportunity to work side by side with proven industry leaders in a one of kind, virtual real world situation. Additionally, middle managers and senior leaders will gain exposure to the best young talent available.

“Although this is not intended to be a recruitment fair, participating CEO’s will be able to see firsthand how young professionals react in challenging, real world Supply Chain scenarios. As a business owner myself, I very rarely get the opportunity to see what students and mid-career practitioners can do until we’ve already brought them onboard. Global Challenge makes it a win-win for everyone,” comments Woolery.

In support of CSCMP’s mission to connect, educate and develop supply chain professionals, each team will be able to register up to three members, with the additional members being placed on the team the day of the event to ensure diversity. Teams are encouraged to reach out to co-workers, colleagues, clients, members and non-members of CSCMP within the Arizona Supply Chain industry to finalize their teams. The top performing team from the Arizona Roundtable will move on to the global qualifier, representing Arizona in a worldwide competition. The top three teams from the global qualifier will be invited to face off in a final winner-takes-all competition at the 2016 Roundtable Leadership Forum in Southern California, June 17-18, 2016. Each member of the winning team will receive an all-expense paid trip to CSCMP’s Annual Conference in Orlando, September 25-28, 2016. Winning team members will be brought onstage at the conference and recognized for their achievements. Additionally, the top performing team will receive four complimentary registrations to the Arizona Roundtable CSCMP Symposium in February.

As the number registrations are limited, interested participants are invited to register at

For more information, please contact:

Sean Arleth
AZ Roundtable Global Challenge Committee Co-Chair
(602) 387-2147

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