GM, Wayne State Hosting Supply Chain Competition: Wayne State University's School of Business Administration, with the support of General Motors, is bringing some of the leading logistics students from across the country to Detroit for an in-depth look at the supply chain systems that support the automotive industry and its high-tech vehicles. The General Motors/Wayne State University Supply Chain Case Competition, featuring the Chevrolet Volt, will bring 16 university groups to the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center from Sept. 22-25. The program will introduce students to the issues and challenges of buying advanced technology components for electric vehicles. They will examine topics such as component and logistics costs, single-source tradeoffs, global procurement, sustainability and recycling. Prior to their visit, the students will analyze the electric vehicle parts and component supply chain through a case study. The case was developed by Wayne State business professors in conjunction with experienced supply chain managers at sponsoring companies. Working in their university teams, the students will explore a scenario pertaining to sourcing components for the Chevrolet Volt, an extended-range electric vehicle that is being rolled out for national sale this year. The teams will develop recommendations based on their investigation of the supply chain enterprise, data analysis and study of financial implications, and then present their findings to a panel of judges during the competition portion of the program. The case recommendations are prepared in advance to allow students plenty of time to explore Detroit and the automotive industry during their visit. They will tour the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant where the Chevrolet Volt is manufactured, visit the Henry Ford museum and attend a Detroit Tigers game. They will also have ample opportunities to network with supply chain managers. Several supply chain professionals are lined up to address the students during meals and mingle during receptions. The 16 teams will be divided into four groups and participate in a regional competition on Friday, Sept. 23. The winning regional teams will receive additional information and prepare a second presentation for the competition's final round the next day. Winning teams will take home plaques and cash prizes. In addition to title sponsor General Motors, this program is supported by Delphi, Ryder and the Detroit Regional Chamber. For additional information, visit: http://business.wayne.edu/supply-chain-case-competition.php.
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