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The Fresh Connection APICS Global Student Challenge | Save you company from Financial Ruin!

Last date to apply

April 18, 2014

About The Fresh Connection, APICS Global Student Challenge

The Fresh Connection

  • The Fresh Connection is a cross functional business Simulation.
  • The Fresh Connection APICS Global Student Challenge is designed as a yearly competition between student teams. 
  • What is Fresh Connection all about?
    • The Fresh Connection (TFC) is a web based value chain management learning environment built around across functional business simulation.
    • Participants are make strategic and tactical decisions in the value chain of The Fresh Connection, a virtual producer of fruit juices.
    • Teams work to make the best strategic and tactical choices for the value chain to save the virtual company, The Fresh Connection, from financial ruin.
  • Every year, The Fresh Connection APICS Global Student Challenge will pit teams from universities in your region and across the globe against each other.
  • It is an ideal opportunity to learn by experience and match your supply chain management skills against the best in the world.
  • The theme for the 2014 challenge is: strategy into action, optimization of the logistic footprint
  • Video of the competition

 2013 Fresh Connection Winners

Place Secured

Country

Team

Weighted ROI

1

United States of America

MIT Scalers

47.8%

2

Germany

Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte

43.9 %

3

Australia

Fuji Xerox

42.8%

4

India

ITC Agriculture

5

United Kingdom

Kimberly-Clark

6

South Africa

Ernst & Young

7

Netherlands

NIKE

8

France

GKN

 

 

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The Fresh Connection, APICS Global Student Challenge Eligibility Criteria

Gender Both
Region Global
Class/ Age University Students 
Details

The following criteria will be used for the admission of the teams:

  • The teams must be endorsed by the university
  • The teams consist of 4 full time students in their last year of study
  • Participating students have less than 1 year working experience
  •  Participants are students from Business Schools, Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences.

Students have to participate in teams of four.

The Fresh Connection, APICS Global Student Challenge Reward

  • $ 5,000 total cash prize- Top Teams
  • The Team will win a free trip to participate in global final in New Orleans to be held on October 17 and 18, 2014

The Fresh Connection, APICS Global Student Challenge Application form and Process

There are no costs for participating in the competition.

The challenge posed before students is to prevent their company, the Fresh Connection from losses by attaining and acting in the following positions in teams of four-

  1. Vice President Purchasing
  2. Vice President Operations
  3. Vice President Sales
  4. Vice President Supply Chain

The Fresh Connection, APICS Global Student Challenge Selection Process

Three rounds will be conducted for the selection of the winner-

  1. Qualification Stage: January 1- April 18, 2014
     Participate in 3 rounds remotely. Teams with a positive ROI in any round automatically progress to The Fresh Connection APICS Global Student Challenge.
  2. Second Chance Pool: April 21- April 25, 2014
    Teams that do not achieve a positive ROI in the Qualification Stage then join the Second Chance Pool to experience an additional 3 rounds remotely.
  3. Global Challenge: April 28- June 6, 2014
    Qualified teams then experience 3 The Fresh Connection APICS Global Student Challenge rounds simultaneously with students from around the World!
  4. Global Final: September 19, 2014
    The best performing teams from The Fresh Connection APICS Global Student Challenge then progress to The APICS TFC Global Student Final in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, preceding the APICS 2014 conference.

Dtaes of Fresh Connection Challenege

Students can learn the following from the competition-

  1. Experience the power of true alignment
  2. Increase cross-functional knowledge and awareness
  3. Develop advanced decision-making skills
  4. Learn how to effectively manage trade-offs
  5. Gain knowledge of how to put strategy into action through a robust Sales & Operations Planning process
  6. See that benefits of collaboration are measurable
  7. Learn how to prevent or mitigate risk
  8. Build effective teams
  9. Achieve national and international recognition
  10. Be rewarded for excellence

The Fresh Connection, APICS Global Student Challenge Address

Involvation Interactive, Prinsenlaan 3, 3732 GN De Bilt The Netherlands

The Fresh Connection, APICS Global Student Challenge Contact Details

Phone: +31-(0)30-2217766
E-mail: info@thefreshconnection.biz 

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