The Supply Chain Challenge (SCC) 2014 is a national, pre-university case competition jointly organised by SIM University (UniSIM) and the Singapore Logistics Association (SLA), with support from SPRING Singapore. Aimed at raising awareness of the logistics industry and promoting logistics as a career choice among young people, the competition took on a different format this year with the addition of a logistics boot camp.
Six finalist teams comprising polytechnic students were selected by six mentor companies – Ban Choon Marketing, CKE Manufacturing, CWT Integrated, GLE Logistics, Griffin Kinetic and Mandailink Logistics – to work on real-life industry challenges over a six-week period. The teams were evaluated based on two components: a poster presentation and report of the team's mentorship experience, as well as a boot camp case presentation.
The logistics boot camp was held from 19-20 July 2014 at UniSIM. Tasked with a new logistics challenge from a seventh logistics company – YCH Group, every team was assigned an undergraduate student mentor from the School of Business' (SBIZ) Logistics and Supply Chain Management (BLSCM) programme to guide them. The boot camp included a site visit to YCH Distripark to enable real-world learning, and seminars conducted by instructors from the BLSCM programme to prepare the teams for their final presentation. Associate Professor Tan Yan Weng, Head of the BLSCM programme, shared the approach to problem-solving while SBIZ's associates, Mr Lucas Tan and Ms Jeanette Ng, provided valuable insights on relevant logistics topics. In between the seminars, the teams were engaged in intense discussions and brainstorming sessions to come up with solutions.
SCC 2014 concluded successfully with the Grand Finals on July 21, which was graced by Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Transport. The event was also held in conjunction with a networking and career fair that saw the participation of 18 logistics companies. While the judges were impressed with the six teams' performances, they were unanimous in choosing the top three winners: the teams from Republic Polytechnic (champion), Ngee Ann Polytechnic (first runner-up) and Singapore Polytechnic (second runner-up).
(4th from left) Assoc Prof Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim with the winning team from Republic Polytechnic and
representatives from UniSIM, SLA and SPRING Singapore.