When Sarah Crumbley, B.B.A Hospitality Administration ’18, transferred to the Robinson College of Business she dreamed of gaining experience with a company she admired. She recently fulfilled that goal by serving as an intern with Coca-Cola North America’s National Foodservice Distribution department.
The position allowed her to see every step of Coke’s supply chain and get hands on experience with the supply and logistics concepts she’s studied in class.
For a special project, Crumbley conducted copious amounts of online research on unauthorized distributors selling Coke products.
Speaking about the leadership team she worked with, Crumbley said, “They wanted me to get to know the processes. They wanted me to totally immersive myself in the culture while I was there.”
Her research culminated in a presentation of her findings to the department leadership team, outlining the scale of the issue and actions needed to mitigate the problem. She also met with the legal counsel to develop a legal action plan to take against unauthorized distributors.
Kraig Adams, Vice President National Foodservice Distribution, National Foodservice Operations, took notice of Crumbley’s valuable discoveries, saying, "She developed a very thorough and creative project summary that she presented to our Executive Team. We are developing her recommendations into our 2018 Distributor Compliance strategy."
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