In 2019 I competed alongside Nikhil Banerjee, Antariksh Nag and William Wood in the Auckland University Business Consulting Clubs Secondary Schools New Zealand Business Schools Case Competition.
Over 3 rounds we competed against 86 other teams from around the country, culminating with a 3rd placing against the top 6 teams at the NZ finals held at the Auckland University OGGB building.
In the first round, we prepared a case that in 2010 would have allowed NZ Post to prosper into the future. In this case, we proposed a parallel warehousing/indexing solution for large national and international ecommerce institutions.
In the second round, we prepared a case to “Save Toys’R’Us”, the American toy mega-store and brand and provide an avenue and path to mitigate debt and allow it to prosper into the future. We suggested a franchising model for the company and a significant shift towards a more efficient and effective distribution model – similar to the consistent stocking model used by Supermarket chains.
In the third round, we were given 3 hours preparation, a 10 minute presentation and a 10 minute Q&A time with to derive a plan to ensure the future success of the New Zealand bike-sharing company OnzO. We were also not given access to devices of any kind and had to rely on hand-drawn slides and planning in order to make our presentation.
Finally, the PNBHS team “Crangle” were announced as 3rd overall in the competition. This was a substantial achievement considering we were the only team representing provincial New Zealand in the finals and given the relative lack of experience and dedicated mentoring that our team had access too.