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2014 MAD Student Case Competition
March 2014

The Fifth annual Student Case Competition presented by the APICS Mid-Atlantic District was held February 21-22, 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA. The Brandywine Valley Chapter was proud to sponsor a team from the University of Delaware Lerner College of Business, Operations Management program. The team competed against 11 other large school undergraduate and graduate teams.

The UD team impressed the judges with their written and oral presentation skills. Students were given a case study at 7:00 pm Friday night about a Canadian end of life pending legislation that Whirlpool Corporation was facing. The team had to come up with solutions on how best Whirlpool should manage the recycling of their products in Canada. The team worked through the night to prepare a 5 page paper and 7 minute oral presentation. Their innovative solutions, grasp of Operations Managements theories and systems, and overall presence impressed everyone with whom they came into contact.

Even though the team did not place in the top three this year, the Brandywine Valley Chapter is very happy to support students reach their goals in the field of Operations.

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2014 UD Team at MAD Case Competition
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Hila Doron, Kimberly Eagle, Ari Swerling, Vi Bui, Jaclyn Williams, UD Professor Dr. Christine Kydd
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2014 UD Team at MAD Case Competition
From L to R:
Hila Doron, Kimberly Eagle, Ari Swerling, Vi Bui, Jaclyn Williams, UD Professor Dr. Christine Kydd

International Case Competition
October 2013

Last February, the Brandywine Valley Chapter was proud to sponsor two teams for the Mid-Atlantic District Case Competition in Harrisburg. The University of Delaware won the competition, and received an all expense paid trip to compete at the International Case Competition during the APICS Conference in Orlando, Florida. A total of six universities competed, and our chapter is proud to announce our UD team placed SECOND!

The team competed in five rounds of a computer simulation program called “The Fresh Connection.” It was a learning experience in a virtual environment where teams are challenged to save a juice manufacturer. Each team started the competition with a negative ROI for the Juice Company. Over the course of 5 rounds, our team improved the company performance by over 300%!! Each member of the team took on a role in the company – VP’s of Operations, Purchasing, Sales, and Supply Chain, as well as CEO to ensure decisions did not conflict with one another.

The team also gave a 10 minute presentation to the conference attendees, describing their corporate strategy, decisions they made during the rounds, and lessons learned. It was fascinating to watch them interact with other, learning how important communication was between their functions. The students displayed a thorough knowledge of what they are being taught in the OM program at the University of Delaware, applying their learning’s to the computer simulation successfully!

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Names from L to R: Kimberly Eagle, Jaclyn Williams, Alex Liberatore, Hong Yin, Ari Swerling
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Names from L to R: Kimberly Eagle, Jaclyn Williams, Alex Liberatore, Hong Yin, Ari Swerling

2013 APICS Student Scholarship Awarded to University of Delaware Students
May 2013

On Friday, March 10, the APICS Brandywine Valley Chapter was proud to present the APICS Scholarship Award to two rising Seniors at the University of Delaware. Kimberly Eagle and Charles Field (not pictured) were recognized as outstanding Operations Management majors who demonstrate strong potential for a successful career in the Operations Management field. Kimberly was also a participant in the 2013 APICS Case Competition held by the Mid-Atlantic District. Our congratulations go out to these two exceptional students, and best wishes for their future success.

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BUAD and FINC - Honors Ceremony

Brandywine Valley Chapter Gives Back to A.I DuPont Hospital for Children
April 2013

This year, our chapter has gone outside our core competencies and has engaged in a philanthropic effort with our local children’s hospital, Nemours. All proceeds from our January PDM went to our donation that will be allocated towards their current expansion project. Together, with the help of our generous members’ donations and the Board of Director’s contribution, we have raised $2,000! Our donation will be represented by a brick with “APICS Brandywine Valley Chapter” on it, and will be in a park that will be part of the expanded hospital. Nemours truly appreciated our support, and we hope to continue our relationship with them in the future! Thank you to each member for your generosity!

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Check Presentation: Al Leigh, Joy Zernhelt: Development Assistant at Nemours, Rachel Rurak

Fourth Annual Student Case Competition
February 2013

The fourth annual Student Case Competition presented by the APICS Mid-Atlantic District was held February 8-9, 2013. The Brandywine Valley Chapter was proud to sponsor two teams from local schools – six students from the University of Delaware Lerner College of Business, Operations Management program, and five students from Widener University. Both teams competed in Harrisburg, PA, against 11 other large school undergraduate and graduate teams.

Both teams impressed the judges with their written and oral presentation skills. Students were given a case study at 8:00 pm Friday night about a Mexican auto parts supplier that was dealing with ineffective systems, troubled suppliers, employee morale issues and anything else that could go wrong with a company. The teams worked through the night to turn this company around by 10 am Saturday morning, with a 5 page paper and 7 minute oral presentation. Their innovative solutions, grasp of Operations Managements theories and systems, and overall presence impressed everyone with whom they came into contact.

We are proud to announce the University of Delaware team captured the Grand Prize in the competition, receiving a $5000 stipend to represent the Brandywine Valley Chapter and Mid-Atlantic district at the International Case Competition in Orlando, FL this September! Congratulations to both teams!

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Univ of Delaware Team members (L to R): Michelle Barineau, Kimberly Eagle, Alex Liberatore, Jaclyn Williams, Arielle Rich, Hong Yin
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Widener Team members (L to R): Prof. Lisa Bussom, Sara Wendt, Tetyana Trofimova, Ryan Paul, Charles Bytheway, Andrew Vogel
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Univ of Delaware Team members (L to R): Michelle Barineau, Kimberly Eagle, Alex Liberatore, Jaclyn Williams, Arielle Rich, Hong Yin

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Widener Team members (L to R): Prof. Lisa Bussom, Sara Wendt, Tetyana Trofimova, Ryan Paul, Charles Bytheway, Andrew Vogel

2012 APICS Student Scholarship Awarded to University of Delaware Students
May 2012

On Friday, May 4, the APICS Brandywine Chapter was proud to present the APICS Scholarship Award to two rising Seniors at the University of Delaware. Daniel D. Dreissen and Arielle J. Rich were recognized as outstanding Operations Management majors who demonstrate strong potential for a successful career in the Operations Management field. Our congratulations go out to these two exceptional students, and best wishes for their future success.

APICS Mid-Atlantic Student Case Competition
March 2012

The third annual Student Case Competition sponsored by the APICS Mid-Atlantic District was held February 10-11. Our Chapter sponsored two teams for the event: one team from the University of Delaware, and another from Widener University. There were a total of nine teams competing.

Students were given a 10 page case study at 6:00 pm Friday night about a Turkish cosmetics company that was fighting off low cost competitors, poor quality supplies, ineffective systems, troubled suppliers, and anything else that could go wrong with a company. They worked through the night to produce a 3 page written analysis and recommendation (by 10:00 AM on Saturday), and to prepare a 10 minute oral presentation by 1:00 PM.

Both teams did very well in all aspects of the competition and demonstrated their grasp of Operations Management theories and systems in the global marketplace.

Best of all, the University of Delaware team finished third overall !! Congratulations to (from left to right) Amy Stein, Michelle Barineau, Lynn McGinley, Cody Rubenstein, and Josh Barchat, (pictured below)

Supply Chain and Operations Expected Hiring Up Significantly in 2011, Finds APICS Employment Outlook; Aligns with Most Recent US Labor Department Jobs Report
March 2011

Promising data from Operations Management Employment Outlook report show high level of expected hiring and low level of expected layoffs—highest net job growth in operations and supply chain management since global recession began

Chicago, Ill. (March 8, 2011)—APICS The Association for Operations Management and the Cameron School of Business at the University of North Carolina—Wilmington announced today the fourth quarter 2010 installment of the Operations Management Employment Outlook report. Fourth quarter results show 64 percent of survey respondents with hiring responsibility anticipate engaging new employees within the next 12 months. In 2009, only 48 percent indicated anticipated hiring.

This high level of expected hiring, when combined with a 50 percent decrease in expected layoffs (from 14 percent in 2009 to 7 percent in the fourth quarter report), indicates the highest level of net job growth in the operations and supply chain management professions since the global recession began.

“Throughout 2010, we saw incremental improvements in expected hiring in the operations and supply chain management professions,” said APICS chief executive officer Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, CPA, CAE. “This significant increase in expected hiring and decrease in expected layoffs in the fourth quarter of 2010, which have manifested themselves in the most recent US Labor Department jobs report, are cause for optimism that 2011 may see increased job creation—at the highest level since the global recession began.”

Further, 49 percent of survey respondents with hiring responsibility are planning to hire within one or more of the following operational areas: execution and control of operations, purchasing/customer relationship management, quality, resources planning, and supply chain management.

“Often, supply chain and operations management are a bellwether for the global economy as a whole. Increased expected hiring at this level across job functions has positive implications for a variety of sectors, including manufacturing,” said Drew Rosen, professor of operations management at the University of North Carolina—Wilmington and a member of the research team. “This quarter’s results are very promising for professionals seeking employment.” Employment Outlook data show demand for employees with “soft skills”—in addition to technical skills. Supply chain and operations management professionals who possess well-developed oral and written communication skills and customer service skills, in addition to, the following operations knowledge, will fair best in the hiring process, according to the fourth quarter report.

The entire report is available to APICS members at apics.org/research. Members of the media may request a full report from Rebecca Balliet, senior marketing manager, at rballiet@apics.org. Statistics are available based on gender, age, bonus, certification status, and geographic location. A condensed public version also is available.

APICS The Association for Operations Management is the global leader and premier source of the body of knowledge in supply chain and operations management, including production, inventory, supply chain, and materials management, as well as purchasing and logistics. Since 1957, individuals and companies have relied on APICS for its superior training, internationally recognized certifications, comprehensive resources, and worldwide network of accomplished industry professionals. Visit www.apics.org for information.

Coming Soon: Website Changes and A Chapter “Group” on Linked-In
October 2009

In order to better serve our members, we are working to make the Chapter website more informative and content-rich. Our goal is to make it more real-time and interactive than it has been. We want it to become a “destination site” that you’ll want to visit often as the content will change more frequently, and you will be offered ways to interact in discussions and idea forums.

We will also begin having a presence on the business networking website LinkedIn. We will have a “Group” that you will be invited to join. This “Group” will not only provide information on upcoming training and events, but will host interactive discussions on topics of your choosing. It’s also an easy way to network with others in the profession and share ideas and concerns.

So look for new things happening in the next year as we try and provide more of what members are asking for and attempt to find ways for members to become more active in Chapter affairs.




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