Pulp Pantry - Supply Chain Management Problem Solving Competition (For Graduates Only)

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Pulp Pantry Case Competition Organized by SCLC, case written by Associate Prof. Dorothee Honhon

Pulp Pantry Case Competition
Assortment and Pricing Strategy for a Sustainability-Driven Start-Up

Here is what you need to know to get started:

Supply chain management (SCM) is concerned with managing a network that links suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, retailers and end users to provide goods and services of high quality at low prices. Today, SCM has become the choice of many college students across the country because of its wide-ranging applications in banking, food, healthcare, manufacturing, retail, telecommunication, transportation and many other industries — as well as its promising job prospects.

The new Out of the Box competition aims to promote a deeper understanding of SCM among college students by inviting them to solve an interesting problem in the field and prepare a summary report of their findings. Teams that get into the final round will also complete a presentation to better depict their ideas. A group of experts in the area will evaluate the reports and presentations. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three winning teams.

The Pulp Pantry Case Competition, Register Now!

The SCM problem for the Fall 2019 competition centers on the assortment and pricing strategy for a food retailer, Pulp Pantry (www.pulppantry.com). The main question will be to do a market study of products similar to the new line of healthy, sustainably-produced snacks that Pulp Pantry is about to launched. Questions which are of most interest here are how to select the size of the bags, design variety packs and bundle packs and how to set prices. The teams would be asked to look at what already exists out there, analyze production and shipping cost information which will be provided by Pulp Pantry and propose a product and pricing strategy based on their findings.

Kaitlin Mogentale, CEO of Pulp Pantry will be present through video conference at the kick-off session and will be present in person as a member of the jury for the final round. In other words, the finalist of the competition will get to present their solution in front of Kaitlin who will fly from California to UTD to see the presentations and help select the winning team.

(All times CST in 2019)

Schedule of Competition Events and Deadlines
Time Event
09/16/2019 Start of online registration
10/03/2019 End of online registration
10/07/2019 Kick-off session – case release
10/24/2019 Summary report submission due
11/4/2019 : Announcement of finalists
11/11/2019 Final round with presentation

Multiple teams from the same school are welcome, but a student is allowed to join only one team.

The team should consist of at least three students but no more than 5 students.

We expect that all the participants constitute their teams on their own. However, we would try our best to find teammates for you after the registration deadline if you need help and it depends on whether there are other individuals looking for teammates. Please make sure you complete the registration.

Participants must be currently enrolled in a university for a master’s degree. Students outside of UT Dallas are absolutely welcome as well.

Even though case is focused for supply chain students, as long as you are from business school you should be able to understand. If you are still doubtful, a simple recommendation would be including a student having supply chain major in your team.

Yes. Every participant, even an individual who is looking for teammates, has to register. Registration should be completed by the team’s captain and include all team member’s information. The team captains email address and phone numbers will serve as the main point of communication throughout the competition.

Students of UTD are expected to be present. Even if the entire team cannot attend, at least one member from each team should attend. For the students from universities other than UTD a Video conference link will be provided to attend the event.

The prize money is awarded to the whole team.

Before submission, your timing for working on the case is flexible depending on the schedule of yourself and teammates. If your team becomes one of the finalists, it is not required that every teammate must be a part of the presentation but there has to be a valid proof for reason of absence. You cannot substitute someone else in place of you even if you are absent with a proof of valid reason.

Between 4 and 6 based on the quality of the submissions.

Yes, the competition is free.

Kaitlin Mogentale is the founder of Pulp Pantry, a sustainable food company that transforms upcycled ingredients like juice pulp into vegetable-based, fiber-rich upgrades of junk food favorites, like chips. She’s a self-proclaimed food waste warrior and deeply passionate about the impact that food has on personal health and wellbeing, as well as sustainability and global economies. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Environmental Studies, starting her company shortly after graduating and running it successfully.

Please also feel free to contact the Supply Chain Leadership Council at sclcatutd@gmail.com if you have any questions about any aspect of the problem-solving competition. We will get back to you within 24-48 hours.