04 September 2013 – Best-selling novelist and screenwriter Sidney Sheldon described business as a game, played for fantastic stakes, adding: “If you want to win, you have to learn to be a master of the game.”

Imperial Logistics Group company Resolve (previously Volition Consulting Services) demonstrated its mastery of the game –  quite literally – when two teams from the firm finished 2nd and 3rdin “The Fresh Connection”, an innovative web-based business game that challenges supply chain professionals to demonstrate and improve their knowledge of how supply chain decisions affect corporate success.

The Fresh Connection was launched in South Africa in 2010 by SAPICS (The Association for Operations Management of Southern Africa), and has since enjoyed enormous support from the industry.

“Resolve entered two teams in this year’s competition – to test our capabilities and provide a learning opportunity for those new to the game,”says Imperial Logistics Chief Integration Officer Cobus Rossouw.

“The aim of the game is to take a loss-making,fictitious company and generate a positive return on investment,”he explains. “Each function (Supply Chain Management, Sales, Purchasing and Operations) can make a limited number of decisions and they must work together closely to positively impact return on investment. What makes the game even more interesting is that supply chain risks are randomly activated in the game and can seriously harm the company if not mitigated.”

Three rounds were played, with 26 South African teams participating. The team with the highest weighted return on investment across all three rounds was crowned the winner and earned a spot in the Fresh Connection final in Istanbul.

“Our teams learned early on that integrated thinking is key to success and are very proud to have two Resolve teams in the top three in South Africa,” Rossouw concludes.

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