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The CRS 2018 Collegiate Challenge

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You’ve heard of The Apprentice and Shark Tank television shows. The Council for Retail and Sales (CRS) took a similar  concept and applied it to a collegiate competition in retailing. The competition involves area college students. The contest challenges teams to create a plan/presentation that focuses on an area that is provided by the corporate sponsor of the competition. The student teams come together to present their work in front of a panel of judges. Winners are selected, and prizes given.

The Council for Retail and Sales (CRS) is pleased to announce the 2018 Annual Collegiate Challenge Competition, powered by Sherwin Williams. The CRS Collegiate Challenge is designed to solve a problem and/or present opportunities for Sherwin-Williams. The competition will take place on November 6, 2018 at the Penn State Lehigh Valley campus. Teams are eligible to submit their entries in the fall.

The Sherwin-Williams Company manufactures, distributes, and sells coatings and related products. Sherwin-Williams has annually increased dividends. The company has been in business for more than150 years.  Many of the colleges participating will run a local competition and then send their top team to the final competition. The competition will be judged on the written plan, and the presentation of the paper.

This is a great class assignment for marketing, retailing, entrepreneurship, or small business management courses.

The rules and case can be downloaded from this site in June.  The top team will get $1,000 and a “traveling” trophy that will be housed at the winner’s school.  The second place team will be awarded $400.

Previous sponsors of the competition have included:  Walmart, Z-CoiL, Sorrelli, Target, Enterprise-Rent-A-Car, and Stuff’n Mallows.

If you have any questions, please contact Denise T. Ogden , Ph.D., from the Council for Retail and Sales at Penn State (