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 www.azglobalchallenge.com.