There are two ways to enter the Simio Student Case Competition. You can either enter directly or through class participation. This contest, we had 8 teams enter directly (19 students) and 28 instructors with 242 teams (849 students) for a total of 250 teams (868 students).
We also had representation from the following 14 countries:
The 868 students came from these 33 schools:
A retail company that has existing locations in Latin America wishes to expand into the Caribbean and South America. It currently manufactures product in Asia. Demands vary by location and the market is volatile so flexibility and speed to market is essential. The company would like to evaluate creation of one or more distribution centers.
Should the company invest in a regional distribution center or fulfill orders direct from Asia manufacturing? If not direct, where should distribution centers be located taking into account future expansion strategy. Items to consider include the market growth rates in each country as well as the connectivity from each port for the countries.
The company also needs to evaluate different reorder policies and strategies for SKUs within the distribution center. Manufacturing production lead times and capacity restrictions as well as any port or fleet limitations must be respected. Costs for transportation, inventory holding, lost sales, order processing, and other components will be an important part of the decision.
The judging was based on:
For more detail, see the Contest Judging Criteria.
Healthcare Systems Engineer at Array Architects (USA)
Management Consultant at CSL Asia Shipping Pte Ltd. (Australia)
|Dr. Mustafa Gocken
Assistant Professor at Adana Science and Technology University (Turkey)
Process Improvement and Simulation Consultant at AxSim Solutions (United Kingdom)
Supply Chain Analyst at Amway (USA)
Applications Engineer at Clearpath Robotics, Inc (Canada)
Professor in Manufacturing and Production Systems at University of Basilicata (Italy)
|Dr. Raul Zuniga
PHd at Universidad Arturo Prat (Chile)
|Dr. Doug Creighton
Professor at Deakin University (Australia)
|Adv. E. Bhero
Advocate of the High Court of South Africa & a Professional Engineer at University of KwaZulu Natal (South Africa)
|Dr. Abdullah Alrabghi
Assistant Professor at University of Jeddah (Saudi Arabia)
|Dr. C. Dennis Pegden
Founder and CEO
V.P. of Operations
NCSU Simio Contest Group 11
North Carolina State University
The top 16 teams out of 250
Contest Overview, Summary of Problem, Judging Criteria and Judges