Gain supply chain experience with top companies.
Our alliance industry partners provide students the chance to solve today’s supply chain challenges through annual case competitions and real-world projects.
W.W. Grainger sponsors an annual competition for undergraduate students at the Kelley School of Business, presenting students with a strategic decision and the possibility of a cash award. Read about the 2013 competition on the One School blog.
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Global Alternate Drivetrains Scope Study
|With limited fossil fuels and constant price fluctuations, global firms must consider drivetrain and fuel alternatives to power delivery vehicles. Six Kelley students analyzed various country-level policies to provide FedEx recommendations for powering delivery vehicles in the key markets of USA, EU Region, Brazil, India, China, and Japan).|
Vehicle Parts Volume Analysis Study
|FedEx maintains its delivery vehicle fleet to minimize vehicle downtime, parts inventory stocks, and overall costs, working with various parts suppliers for optimal part inventory and fill rates for its 700+ locations across the USA. Six Kelley students analyzed their current model and provided recommendations for improvement based on the current supply chain of maintenance parts.|
Increasing Self-Service Usage through Customer Analytics
|FedEx provides customer self-service options however some customers opt for full-service options. Moving customers into self-service offers significant cost savings. To accomplish this, solutions and sales team members can target customers for a “Service Advantage Engagement” (SAE). A team of five Kelley students researched and delivered recommendations on which customers should be targeted for SAE and identified sales team characteristics that correlated with high, average, and low levels of self-service usage.|
Supporting the Renewable Energy Initiative
|Three teams of four to five Kelley students provided a go-forward plan for Hoosier Energy to support its continued growth in renewable power generation, by recommending a process that would allow the firm to leverage its resources in management services and maximize the number of successful projects to be completed by its renewable energy group, including consideration of account organizational culture, existing structure, best known practices, and a convincing presentation to multiple vice presidents.|
Energy and Sustainability Industry Analysis and Economic Development Recommendations
|Four teams of five Kelley students defined the organizational relationships between various businesses, associations, and governmental agencies to determine the strengths and weakness of the Energy & Sustainability delivery model within the state of Indiana. Equipped with the market participants and the current industry practices, each team made recommendations to improve the climate for economic growth within the state for this sector.|
Supply Chain Value Proposition Analysis & Communication
|Five years ago, Cook Medical significantly increased its supply chain capabilities and in 2008formed the Healthcare Business Solutions (HBS) group. HBS was tasked with helping customers and potential customers understand Cook’s value with one segment of the HBS team calling on the C-suite of hospitals and healthcare systems. Four teams of five Kelley students presented communications methods to Cook to address the challenge of explaining the supply chain value to executives in an industry where supply chain concepts and models are relatively new.|
Corporate Sustainability Initiative, Phase II
|In phase I of this project, Kelley students designed a survey sent to a sample of corporate groups around the world to collect enterprise-wide sustainability data. In phase II, four teams of five Kelley students generated a data-driven recommendation for the next phase in implementing a global sustainability initiative for the Manitowoc Company, a diversified manufacturing firm with a global footprint, with primary activity in industrial manufacturing (Cranes) and food services.|
Customer Service Center Effectiveness Metrics
|Four teams of five Kelley students developed a balanced set of performance metrics to track the customer satisfaction experience and the efficiency of Tempur-Pedic’s customer service center, delivering a recommendation of a set of balanced metrics to drive the right performance (based on research when possible) to support the company’s initiative in improving customer service.|
North American Heavy Duty Trucking Benchmark Study and Fleet Retirement Recommendation
|Kelley students conducted a study of heavy duty truck (Class 8) operating results across the entire trucking industry to develop a set of performance measures/fleet management benchmarks. They compared those benchmarks with the current operating metrics for the FedEx Express Heavy Truck fleet in the areas of vehicle costs (acquisition, fuel economy, preventative maintenance, repair, appearance, and retirement), fleet costs (labor, parts, facility, tools, and equipment), and service standards (miles per day, out-of-service measures, and accident rates) to deliver a vehicle retirement model. The final step in this project was to use study results to develop a vehicle retirement model.|