Operations Club – Winners of the 2013 APICS International Case Competition!

November 5, 2013 | By Russ Isaac

Congratulations to the Krannert School of Management Operations Club team for winning the 2013 APICS International Case Competition!!

After previously winning the Great Lakes district, the Krannert team was able to compete against the winners of each of the other districts in an international competition.

Members of our winning team include:

  • Shreyas Mehta (MBA 2014)
  • Daniel Rowe (MBA 2015)
  • Bhoomika Chilakamarri (MBA 2014)
  • Jing Zhao (MBA 2013)
  • Kashif Khan (MBA 2014)

Daniel has shared his experience of the event below.


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While at an Operations club call out, one of the board members mentioned something about the APICS (Association for Supply Chain Management) case competition that Krannert won last year. The Krannert team would be moving on to the international championships in Orlando and they would need a first year Krannert student to join them. I had never done a case competition before, I did not know what APICS was, and I have no supply chain management experience, but it sounded like a great learning experience so the team let me come along.

The Ops club and APICS organized all the logistics, put us up in a Marriott Resort right next to Disney World, and paid for all the expenses. The competition itself was a computer based simulation called the “Fresh Connection.” We were to manage all the respective variables of purchasing, operations, supply chain, and sales of a fictional company that manufactured orange juice. The simulation had 6 rounds, each taking a few hours, and was spaced over two days. On the third day we presented our strategy to a panel of judges, and about 300 curious APICS convention attendees.

The success of our strategy at increasing the ROI of our company more than 18%, and our presentation on how this case competition experience will help us in our future careers, won the competition.

Participating in the APICS International Case Competition was a great experience. Not only did I build meaningful relationships with my teammates, but I learned about APICS, networked at the convention, got a crash course in supply chain management, and came home with enough prize money to buy groceries for the rest of the semester.

Daniel Rowe
Krannert School of Management
Purdue University
MBA Candidate, Class of 2015



Russ Isaac
Russ Isaac
MBA 2014


Vice President - Communications, Operations Club