2015 Team Project Guardian (Supply Chain)

The Challenge:
The Guardian Supply Chain team will provide a solution for identifying and replicating the best practices in the warehouse and distribution network for Guardian flat glass division. The solution will also provide a data driven objective methodology for Guardian to select and prioritize its capital investment over the next 3-5 years. One identified opportunity will be evaluated, developed and validated in detail to ascertain the feasibility and impact of proposed solution.
Student team:
Neeraj Anand – Master of Supply Chain Management
Angelita Liu – Master of Supply Chain Management
Dinesh Saini – Master of Supply Chain Management
Project Sponsors:
Merritt Gaunt – Vice President, Glass Operations, Guardian Industries
Nicholas McGowan – Corporate Development, Guardian Industries
Andrew Seidel – Director of Asset Strategy, Guardian Industries
Faculty Advisors:
Dennis Blumenfeld – College of Engineering
Stefanus Jasin – Ross School of Business

About Tauber Team Projects:

The 2015 Tauber Team Projects resulted in $500 million in savings according to sponsoring company calculations, an average of $14.3 million per project over 3 years.

Each 2 to 3 person Tauber Team consists of graduate Engineering, MBA, and/or MSCM students. Along with receiving high-level corporate support from the sponsoring company, each team is advised by a College of Engineering and a Ross School of Business faculty member and overseen by a Tauber Institute Co-Director. The projects begin on-site in May and continue for 14 weeks.  Students present the results of their projects and compete for over $40,000 in scholarships at the U-M Tauber Institute's annual Spotlight! event, held each September in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Spotlight! provides outstanding opportunities for students and corporate partners to establish relationships while exploring innovations in operations and manufacturing.
Access Spotlight! 2015 Guidebook for project details.
2015 Guardian Supply Chain Team, U-M Tauber Institute for Global Operations