A&T Student Earns Top Honors in Supply Chain Case Competition

North Carolina A&T State University senior Devonta Ellington teamed up with Mehek Khera, a UNC-Greensboro student to earn top honors at the Institute for Supply Management-Carolinas-Virginia (ISM-CV) inaugural Emerging Professional Supply Chain Case Competition (SC3).

Ellington, a senior supply chain management major with a concentration in logistics, and his teammate each received a $1,000 scholarship as well as competition support and oversight from Dr. Larry Taube, director of the undergraduate program in UNCG’s Bryan School of Business and Economics.

Competitors were provided a real-life, industry-based case study courtesy of the company, SMS-Advisors. Supplied with a case briefing, seven hours of team collaboration time, supporting material and scheduled time for questions and answers, the students assumed the role of a supply-chain consulting firm. They were “hired” to formulate a sales pitch and plan of action for a prospective client in the mattress industry ready to turn around their cost-management program.

SC3 is a signature event of the ISM-CV Emerging Professional Group. It provides a platform for college students studying business and supply chain management to showcase their talents and schools. The program is designed to promote regional workforce development and talent retention by cultivating the skills of tomorrow’s emerging procurement and supply management leaders.

Ellington is currently working as a corporate supply management intern with Sonoco in Hartsville, S.C.