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University of Maryland Students win 11th Annual FedEx Freight International Graduate Logistics Case Competition


MEMPHIS , Tenn. , March 3, 2008 – A team from the University of Maryland beat 11 others to win the 11th Annual FedEx Freight International Graduate Logistics Case Competition in Fayetteville , Ark.

Teams from Brigham Young University and Pennsylvania State University placed second and third, respectively, in the February 28-March 1 competition sponsored by FedEx Freight in alliance with the Supply Chain Management Research Center at the University of Arkansas Sam M. Walton College of Business. The top three finishers were awarded $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000, respectively.

“At FedEx Freight, we are committed to adding value to our customers’ supply chains. We are proud to once again sponsor this important supply-chain competition,” said Pat Reed, executive vice president and chief operating officer. “Throughout the world, ever-increasing supply-chain efficiencies are made possible by dedicated and talented logistics professionals, and we’re confident that many of tomorrow’s transportation experts participated this weekend.”

Each team competed as a “consulting firm” for a small start-up company, which in the scenario was competing in the growing wind-turbine industry. The 12 teams were given just 24 hours to review the logistics case and prepare their recommendations for a supply-chain plan. They presented their solutions to a panel of industry judges, which chose three finalists who competed before a second group of judges in the championship round. The winners were announced at an awards banquet on March 1. Participating universities also included the University of Arkansas , University of Minnesota , University of Wisconsin Madison , Michigan State University, Ohio State University , Iowa State University, Texas Christian University , Darmstadt University of Technology of Darmstadt , Germany , and Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg , Sweden .

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