Diversifying the Supplier Base
—Integrated supply management Broncos had a chance to put their classroom knowledge to the test at the Stryker Supplier Diversity Case Competition on January 24, 2020.
Developing Creative Solutions
—The ongoing partnership between WMU and Clark Logic is producing great results. During the fall semester, students in the Applied Six Sigma Problem-Solving course formed four teams and developed creative solutions to address real-world logistics and warehousing challenges. Watch the students present their results
Tool and Concepts in Action
—Michael Wasik, Nathan Rowland, Treyson Fink and Brett Manoogian worked to establish and verify current time standards for operations and develop timesheet reporting for the hardware assembly and workshop areas for Eliason Corporation, a division of Senneca Holdings. Using tools and concepts from their Applied Six Sigma Problem-Solving course, the students conducted a time study on daily operations, established a standard time, and developed an updated timesheet specific to each area for reporting.
Applying Class Concepts
—Alexis Flicek, Caleb Philipp, Alexander Laurin, Conner Stager and John Hayward worked with JH Distributing (JHD), a contracted service provider for FedEx Ground, to address efficiency issues across its fleet. Using tools and concepts learned in the Applied Six Sigma Problem-Solving class and a work area planning tool developed by FedEx, the team identified efficiencies in the routes that will lead to significant cost savings and optimize the entire delivery fleet.
Hands-on Learning—Students in the Applied Six Sigma Problem-Solving course collaborated with Prevention Works during the fall semester, building on the efforts of students during the summer semester. In the summer, Austin Kinard, Ammar Alfaraj, Ahlam Alnemer and Richard Yusa created an efficient bag packing process, inventory control strategy and material tracking system. The solution worked until Prevention Works moved to a new downtown Kalamazoo location. In the fall, Emily Wood, Andrew Hartfelder, Mitchell Farrell and Mike Francisco created a customized storage solution that can change and grow with Prevention Works, as well as a template with standardized packing instructions.
Real-world experience—Students in the Applied Six Sigma Problem-Solving course collaborated with MANN+HUMMEL to optimize a newly acquired warehouse. The student team of Inkar Alibekova, Malika Bekbossynova, Rodolfo Nowakowski and Gabriela Slavova worked with Nick First, Material Manager and project leader, to make the warehouse leaner and more efficient. They developed a plan to use a warehouse management module in SAP and equip workers with personal scanners, allowing them to scan barcodes of inventory. The team helped with inventory data collection and the identification of inventory rack locations, which resulted in a new floor layout for the warehouse.
11th Annual Bowersox Undergraduate Supply Chain Challenge
—The WMU team of Jaclyn Bommarito, Alexis Flicek, Jon Harning and Peyton Hurley performed well at the annual Bowersox Supply Chain Challenge. The team was tasked with completing a 13-week purchasing simulation in 2.5 hours. Dr. Bret Wagner, associate professor of marketing, participated on the "Teaching with Simulation" faculty panel.
2019 General Motors/Wayne State University Supply Chain Case Competition
—Integrated supply management Broncos Sydney Miller, Clayton Nolley, Sarah Pepper and Blake Tindol competed in the GM/WSU Supply Chain Case Competition. The international competition took place Oct. 3-5.
ISM students partner with local nonprofit
—Students offered solutions to local organizations, including Prevention Works—a Kalamazoo nonprofit dedicated to substance abuse prevention—during their Applied Six Sigma Problem Solving course.
Success is a marathon
—ISM Bronco Katie Bules, B.B.A.'19, knows the importance of viewing success as a marathon, not a sprint.
How to Recruit and Train the Best Interns
—Dr. Zac Williams, director of the Center for Integrated Supply Management and associate professor of marketing, shared his findings on internship programs in an article in Inbound Logistics (July 24, 2019).
7th Annual National Undergraduate Supply Chain Case Competition
—The team of Samuel Sisler, Austin Ansara, Emilee Lewis and Arayana Janson earned an honorable mention at the National Undergraduate Supply Chain Case Competition sponsored by the University of Minnesota. The competition took place March 27-30.
Two ISM students among six nationwide to win prestigious scholarship
—Integrated supply management students John Hayward and Joy Goldschmidt are among six students from across the country selected to receive a coveted nationwide business scholarship awarded by the Richter Foundation and the Institute for Supply Management's Richter Scholarship Fund.
2018-19 Integrated supply management scholarship sponsors and recipients—Congratulations to all of the scholarship recipients and a big thank you to the scholarship sponsors.