Surabaya, IO – Chainers2627 Team, consisting of Mohamad Qutbudin Annauvali, Shodiqul Rizal Al Aziz, and Faizal Putra Budimas, students of the Department of System and Industrial Engineering class of 2017, Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology (ITS), Surabaya, won first place in the DHL Logistic Case Competition, held annually online on Thursday (9/9/2021). DHL Logistic Case Competition is the first Logistic Case Competition for students and young professionals.
The competition was held in collaboration between DHL Supply Chain Indonesia and the ITS Master of Technology Management (MMT). “In this competition, participants are challenged to come up with innovative ideas in providing practical solutions to problems related to supply chains,” said Mohamad Qutbudin Annauvali, Team Leader of Chainers2627, in a release received by the Independent Observer, Friday (10/9/2021).
The student, nicknamed Qutbudin, revealed that participants had to proceed through several stages. In the preliminary round, participants were given the first case, regarding a Global Supply Chain of Vaccines and Medicines. From the preliminary round, 30 of the best teams from universities throughout Indonesia were selected to continue to the semifinals.
In the semifinal stage, participants were presented a second case, regarding a Pfizer Global Clinical Supply Chain. After passing, participants received guidance from DHL Supply Chain Indonesia and the ITS MMT, in the form of feedback on their innovations. “After each team revised its innovation, the competition continued with a presentation before DHL Supply Chain Indonesia and the ITS MMT,” he said.
Answering the given case, the Chainers2627 Team divided the problem of vaccine distribution into two elements, namely, strategic and operational. From strategic issues, it can be determined how the vaccine allocation can be spread evenly throughout the region. The team used logistics regression to estimate the number of people infected with the virus from each region, and allocate vaccines when they became available. Operational problems related to the distribution of vaccines from vaccine reception centers to other cities.
“Our team used a P-median and the Vehicle Routing Problem (VRP) to find distribution routes, so that delivery will be more efficient and structured,” he said. “By using Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) in Microsoft Excel, we were able to demonstrate how to use the VRP and P-median models in the presentation session, to lead us to win first place.”
In addition to the winning title, the Chainers2627 Team also had the opportunity to streamline recruitment for Management Trainee positions at DHL Supply Chain Indonesia.
Responding to their proud achievements, Qutbuddin expressed hope that their future innovations can help accelerate the achievement of herd immunity and vaccine distribution in Indonesia. (est)