Supply chain management students, faculty member present during APICS Foothills Chapter Meeting

Appalachian State University supply chain management students recently presented at the monthly meeting of the Foothill Chapter of APICS - The Association of Operations Management. The students, Itzal Zavala and Chris Anderson, shared details about recent experience participating in the Institute of Supply Management (ISM) Case Competition, A Global Logistics Challenge

Zavala, an international business and supply chain management major and a Spanish minor, serves as webmaster for Appalachian's Supply Chain Club and is the director of supply chain for the Walker College of Business student run coffee shop, Beans 2 Brew. Anderson, a senior supply chain management and marketing major, serves as vice president of planning for the Supply Chain Club. 

The case competition was the second annual, and it was held during the Institute of Supply Management Carolinas Virginia Chapter spring meeting in Charlotte, NC on March 4, 2016. Teams from UNCG, The Citadel, NC State and Appalachian competed. The Appalachian students, who prepared for the ISM case competition with guidance from Supply Chain Management Professor Beth Ellington, placed second. Ellington serves as faculty advisor to the Supply Chain Club.

"The ISM Case Competition gave us the opportunity to focus on resolving real-world strategic and tactical challenges that included topics such as, logistics, network design, procurement, relationship management, and sustainability," said Anderson. "Our particular case was that our 'company' had been hired to help acquire 100,000 racing bikes for a bike race that would be happening within the next few months and getting it shipped from Tokyo, Japan to Charlotte, NC."

Department of Computer Information Systems and Supply Chain Management Chair Dinesh Dave, also presented at the APICS Foothills Chapter meeting. He shared The Complete Story of ASU's Successful Supply Chain Management Degree Application, Authorization and Implementation Process, detailing the journey in development of the Supply Chain Minor (SCM) Program, the SCM Advisory board of advisors and the Student Supply Chain Club. He also described the application process to the UNC University System Board of Governors for approval to begin offering one of the state's first true supply chain management degrees. Dave has served seven years as the SCM program director and was founding advisor of the Supply Chain Club.

From left, Appalachian State students Chris Anderson and Itzal Zavala with Dr. Dinesh Dave and Christine Dave.

From left, Appalachian State students Chris Anderson and Itzal Zavala with Dr. Dinesh Dave and Christine Dave.


The APICS meeting was held September 8 at the Catawba Country Club. The Foothills Chapter serves Hickory, Lincolnton, Morganton, Lenoir and surrounding areas in North Carolina. The chapter is an award-winning and active chapter committed to developing members' professional education and networking opportunities. The Foothills Chapter has a rich history of excellence in professional development meeting opportunities, speakers, educational offerings, and charitable community support. Come join us and you'll see why we have such a great reputation in the District. APICS builds and validates knowledge in supply chain and operations management. We enable our community of members, affiliates and customers to lead in the global marketplace. 

Itzal Zavala and Chris Anderson at the Institute of Supply Management Case Competition
Published: Sep 17, 2016 9:19pm