GPC 2021

GPC 2021

Many of us hoped that in 2021 life and business would at least partially become like it was before. That was not the case. All of us dealt, and still deal with the realities of working from home, (partial) lockdowns and supply chain disruptions. The going got tougher, however, we kept on going, hoping that in 2022 life and business will at least partially become like it was before.

As a result, given the circumstances, our partners and Inchainge itself arranged that the Global PRO Challenge (GPC) and its flagship event the Global PRO Final (GPF) took place 100% online. Luckily, we had already invented these wheels in the year(s) before. Typically, Challenge rounds had been online since the start in 2011. Last year, the preceding public training workshops had moved online mostly as well, as did the Final of 2020. For the Global PRO Final of 2021 we returned to the digital 3D surroundings of VirBELA.

All in all, more than 500 teams registered for the training workshops of this eleventh edition of The Fresh Connection Global PRO Challenge. In the Challenge rounds themselves we saw around 100 teams proceeding in Spring and another 50 in Fall. These professional teams represented hundreds of companies and tens of countries. A record number of 29 teams made it to the Final. They gathered in VirBELA to be put to the ultimate test. The best team won a grand prize and took home eternal glory.

Spread across 4 days, four rounds were played. Teams had to deal with capacity constraints and pay attention to sustainability, whilst at the same time delivering customer satisfaction and a healthy profit.

In time blocks of 2 hours in CEST afternoons – so APAC teams could join in the early evening and Americas in the early morning – the 29 finalist teams gave it all they got. Eventually the winner of The Fresh Connection Global Final 2020 was a team from the China Communications Construction Company, from their First Highway Engineering Group. The team proved to be the best overall and earned the title of TFC Global PRO Final Champion 2021.

The CCCC – FHEG team members

  • Zhao Anji
  • Peng Wang
  • Li Shan
  • Li Qiang
 

Runner-up was Chr. Hansen from Denmark. And 2nd runner-up was a team from SC Johnson, made up of individual professionals from 4 different continents. The complete ranking can be found in the table below.

 

COUNTRY/REGION

TEAM

Weighted ROI

1

China

CCCC – FHEG

41.55%

2

Denmark

Chr. Hansen

30.13%

3

Global

SC Johnson

29.60%

4

Poland

Oriflame

 

5

Bolivia – Peru

South America PROs

 

6

China

CCCC – SHEC

 

7

India

Apollo Tyres

 

8

The Netherlands

MSD Animal Health

 

19

Vietnam

Suntory Pepsico

 

10

Japan

Glico

 

11

France – Italy

LVMH

 

12

South Africa

Aerosud

 

13

Turkey

Arzum

 

14

USA

C.H. Robinson

 

15

Germany

Doka

 

16

Poland

Avon

 

17

Turkey

Efes

 

18

Singapore

Barry Callebaut

 

19

USA

Digi-Key

 

20

Italy

McCormick

 

21

Singapore

InfoSys

 

22

Ireland

Irish PROs

 

23

Japan

Hitachi Ltd

 

24

Russia

NLMK

 

25

Saudi Arabia

Al Jammaz Group

 

26

The Netherlands

SlimStock

 

27

India

Becton Dickinson

 

28

Germany

Boehringer Ingelheim

 

29

USA

United States Air Force