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Calling All Logistics & Supply Chain Students: Next Gen Challenge

Jacki Elwell | December 13, 2021

The information and dates in this blog have been updated. For the updated information, please visit this link: https://www.onepak.com/next-gen-logistics-challenge/


At the Customized Logistics and Delivery Association’s Final Mile Forum to take place in February in Miami, college students are invited to participate in the Next Gen Logistics Challenge, a competition which will award the members of the winning team with options for internships with association member companies.

OnePak is a proud member of the Customized Logistics and Delivery Association (CLDA), which is a non-profit trade association comprised of logistics professionals, carriers, shippers, drivers, air cargo logistics providers, 3PLs and vendors servicing today’s supply chain companies.

OnePak’s VP of Sustainability Solutions, Shawn Stockman, suggested the idea for the Challenge to the Diversity & Inclusion Committee of the CLDA, of which he is a member. Mr. Stockman will also serve as a judge in the Challenge.

“The Challenge is one way the CLDA is building partnerships with Universities that have specialized programs in the logistics and supply chain fields of study,” said Stockman. “OnePak and the CLDA are particularly interested in working with HBCUs as a way to improve diversity in the industry.”

Participating student teams must define a problem in the first/final mile industry, and propose how they  would apply an emerging technology to solve it.

“What we love about this Challenge is that it encourages students not only to engage with the industry to define current gaps in processes, but it empowers them to look at technologies like AI, IoT, blockchain, renewable energy technologies, automation, reusable packaging or nearly any other technology for a possible solution,” Stockman added.

The Challenge creates opportunities for students and faculty to attend and participate in the CLDA’s annual conference that is held across the US.

Key dates:

Abstract/Entry due January 31.

Competition Day at Final Mile Forum in Miami: Thurs, Feb. 24.

Full event description (with link to entry form) can be found here.


All meals the day of the event will be free for students (and faculty) attending.

Team members will be able to attend all educational programs that day, visit exhibiting companies, and participate in a networking reception that evening.

Please help spread the word to any logistics or supply chain student you know!

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