GPC 2018

GPC 2018

The 2018 Finals of the 8th Global Final of The Fresh Connection took us back to the country where the first ever Global Final was held: Italy. In Milan we were hosted by MIP Politecnico di Milano, and the Milanese university did a splendid job.

In this year’s edition of The Fresh Connection Global Challenge, once again more than 1,000 participants, representing hundreds of companies originating from tens of countries first went through their training rounds. After that initial stage many continued to the  Global Challenge rounds doing their best to qualify for the Global Final. In the end, 11 teams made it and they were invited to come to Milan to compete for a prize and eternal glory.

Most teams had gone through their training rounds between September 2017 and April 2018. Across the globe training rounds were delivered with the help of dedicated local partners, who provided remote and/or face-to-face workshops with The Fresh Connection simulation. Whether being part of the Global Challenge or stand alone, the training rounds aim is to provide training value to participating teams and individuals. These training events can be considered to be high quality in their own right. As extras, teams that wished to, continued: first of all by taking part in the TFC Global Challenge rounds between April 2018 and June 2018. Second, for the 11 teams that were the best of their country, a free trip to the TFC Global Final in Milan, Italy on September 28, 2018. And to top it off, a prize for the TFC Global Final winner: an Executive Education SCM Course at MIT in Cambridge, MA, USA.

It took four breath taking rounds, every single round having a different top 3 ranking, before it was known who was the winner of The Fresh Connection Global Final 2018. It is the team from Danone Nutricia Middle East from UAE (Dubai), that takes the crown! They came out on top as the best team of all, and so they deserve the title of TFC Global Final Champion 2018.

The Danone Nutricia Middle East members:

  • Laila Arsalane
  • Omar Bassiouny
  • Hazem Labib

Runner up is NLMK from Russia. And 2nd runner up is Domino’s Pizza from Turkey. The whole ranking can be found in the table below.

1 UAE (Dubai) Danone Nutricia Middle East 31,3%
2 Russia NLMK 26.8%
3 Turkey Domino’s Pizza 23,8%
4 USA Essilor USA
5 Poland Dell
6 Germany Mubea
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8 France Essilor FR
9 Japan Hitachi
10 The Netherlands Avebe
11 Saudi Arabia Goody

We wholeheartedly thank all teams for being part of the TFC Global Challenge 2018. Without your efforts and perseverance, The Global Challenge would not have been possible. Looking ahead we have already taken one important decision for next year’s Challenge: in 2019 the Global Final will take place in ATHENS in Greece.

We hope to see all of you participating to become the 2019 Global Challenge Champion!