APICS, the leading professional organization for supply chain and operations management, challenges college students to compete in teams in an online supply chain simulation.

Each year, Lubar students compete in the APICS Great Lakes Region Student Case Competition. The intense weekend experience puts your team to work managing a company through a simulation called The Fresh Connection. Teams compete over multiple rounds of the simulation and make decisions regarding production, manufacturing lot sizes, product pricing, transportation to the customer and can even decide to reinvest money into the business to make process improvements. Teams are judged on the profitability the company achieves as well as a five-minute oral presentation.

Full-time undergraduate and graduate students who are APICS student members are eligible to compete. Membership to APICS is free for students. Teams are made up of four members or five members. The SCMI will host team practice meetings in late January or early February, depending on student interest.

Why should you compete?

  • Apply the concepts you’re learning in class
  • Network with industry professionals
  • Meet SCOM students from other universities
  • Add the experience to your resume
  • Prize money!

The Highest Placing Team within the Great Lakes District represents the Great Lakes District at the APICS International Student Case Competition.


Mark Kosfeld
Lecturer, Supply Chain Management
Associate Director, Supply Chain Management Institute
Lubar Hall S490