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Roundtable and MBA Operations Challenge

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SCMC Roundtable and MBA Operations Challenge - November 15-16

SCMC Roundtables bring together Texas McCombs students and faculty with industry leaders to develop and communicate new knowledge about topics in supply chain management. Combined with the MBA Operations Challenge, this event allows students to present their creativity, teamwork and business acumen to our corporate participants, while leaving ample time for networking and career discussions.


This year, we will focus on topics relating to Supply Chains of the Future with the challenge case on E-Commerce.



Thursday, 11/15 Activity Location
12:00-2:00 PM
Challenge Preliminary Round Judges Meeting
AT&T Classroom 107
1:30-4:00 PM
Challenge Team Check-In
AT&T The Carillon, 2nd Floor
2:00-4:30 PM
Challenge Preliminary Round
AT&T The Carillon, 2nd Floor
4:30-5:00 PM
Roundtable Check-In
AT&T Zlotnik Ballroom
5:00-6:30 PM
E-Commerce Supply Chains
           Kevin Pate, SVP Merchandise Opertions, Walmart
AT&T Zlotnik Ballroom 1/2
6:30-8:00 PM
AT&T Zlotnik Ballroom 5/6
Friday, 11/16
7:00-10:00 AM
Roundtable / Challenge Check-In
AT&T Amphitheater 204
8:00-10:00 AM
Challenge Final Round
AT&T Amphitheater 204
10:00-11:00 AM
Networking Break
AT&T Amphitheater 204 Patio
11:00-11:45 AM
Integration of Operations: Building 21st Century Supply Chains
David Stewart, VP Operations Integration, HID Global
AT&T Amphitheater 204
11:45-12:30 PM Trade Policy: Navigating the New NAFTA
             Jose Minarro, SVP Customs Mexico, Transplace
AT&T Amphitheater 204
12:30-1:30 PM Networking Lunch
Zlotnik Ballroom 5/6
1:30-2:15 PM Personnel of the Future
            Operations Fellows Panel Discussion
AT&T Amphitheater 204
2:15-3:00 PM Final Thoughts and Challenge Awards Ceremony AT&T Amphitheater 204

All activities will be held on-campus at the AT&T Conference Center.


MBA Operations Challenge

The MBA Operations Challenge offers first-year Texas McCombs MBAs a supply chain and operations experience based on a challenging business case involving real-world issues currently faced by industry. Students present their strategies to a panel of cross-industry judges.

The challenge exposes students to realistic supply chain issues and provides employers with an opportunity to preview the students' business skills under pressure. This year's case will focus on E-Commerce.

  • Students assemble teams of 4 prior to registering
  • Over $5,000 in prizes
  • Judges represent a wide range of companies
  • Networking opportunities - As part of this event, the judges and corporate participants will receive the 2018 Operations Challenge resume book.

Key Dates

Date Time Activity  Location
Monday, 10/1
8:00 AM
Team Registration Opens
 Online - Registration
Monday, 10/15   
11:59 PM     
Team Registration Closes
 Online - Registration
Thursday, 11/1 6:00 PM
Case Release  RRH 3.406
Wednesday, 11/14
6:00 PM
Case Solutions Due
 Online - Presentation Upload

Challenge participants are expected to attend the full Roundtable on 11/15-11/16.

Why E-Commerce?

The e-commerce industry is growing rapidly and influencing the digitization and optimization of supply chains. The conditions in this space are constantly changing, and companies must be able to adapt. To keep sight of the competition, companies must focus on key factors such as product availability and service levels, as well as maintaining high levels of customer satisfaction. The increase in automation and complexity of global supply chains is creating a landscape where innovation is required to maintain a competitive advantage. How will e-commerce companies balance staying focused on their core strengths and embracing technological advancements to be competitive?


SCMC Roundtable - Supply Chains of the Future

The topic of this Roundtable is Supply Chains of the Future. 

On the Agenda

E-Commerce Supply Chains
Walmart - Kevin Pate, SVP Merchandise Operations

Integration of Operations: Building 21st Century Supply Chains
HID Global - David Stewart, Vice President, Operations Integration

Trade Policy: Navigating the New NAFTA
Transplace - Jose Minarro, Senior Vice President, Customs, Mexico

Personnel of the Future
Operations Fellows Panel Discussion




This event is for Texas McCombs MBA students, corporate sponsors, SCMC faculty and invited guests.

Challenge Team Registration

Team registration will be open Monday, 10/1, 8:00 AM through Monday, 10/15, 11:59 PM. All team members will be automatically registered for all Roundtable and Challenge activities.

One team member will register the team. To register, you will need:

  • Team Name
  • Four team members - name, email
  • Resume for each team member

Following submission, your team's registration will be confirmed via email from


Roundtable Registration

Roundtable registration will be open Monday, 10/8, 8:00 AM through Monday, 11/12, 8:00 AM.



Additional Info

Additional Info


AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center
1900 University Avenue
Austin, TX 78705


Parking is available in the AT&T Center Garage (20th and Whitis) and the Brazos Garage (MLK Blvd at Brazos).


Roundtable attendees and Challenge judges: Business Casual
Challenge participants: Business Professional

Presentation Upload

Presentation Upload

Upload your presentation in PowerPoint format using the blue button below. Please include your team name in the document title. Presentations are due by 6:00 PM on Wednesday, November 14. If you have any technical difficulties, please contact Diana Busler.

Presentation Upload