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MercuryGate Future of Delivery Essay Contest Rules

The MercuryGate International, Inc. (“MercuryGate”) Future of Delivery Essay Contest (the “Contest”) gives undergraduate and graduate level students in the fields of supply chain, logistics, and transportation, the opportunity to gain recognition and reward them for their understanding of the transportation management systems and the direction they are headed in this rapidly changing world. Students whose entries are judged to merit award by the judging panel will be eligible for the following cash prizes:

  • First Place: $2,000
  • Second Place: $1,000

Winners will also receive a copy of Modern Technology for Transportation Management and Modern Technology for Transportation Optimization, by Steve Blough and Howard Troxler.

Students must be enrolled in schools participating in the MercuryGate University Program, as listed below:

Appalachian State University
Athens State University
Central Michigan University
Chattahoochee Technical College
Clarkson University
Duquesne University
Florida International University
Forsyth Technical Community College
Georgia Southern University
Lake Washington Institute of Technology
Maritime College
Marquette University
New Jersey City University
Ohio State University
Polk State College
Tuskegee University
University of Kansas
University of North Texas – Dallas
University of Redlands
University of South Florida

Winners will be identified on or before April 30, 2019, and publicly announced on or before May 15, 2019.


April 8, 2019, AT 11:59 PM EST


All essays must be submitted online through the contest page form. Only online submissions will be accepted for the Contest. Please identify a sponsoring supply chain faculty member in your submission.


The Future of Global Trade and the Role of Transportation Management Technology.

The global trade landscape is undergoing a period of significant change, including a greater level of protectionism in many regions. Describe how you see future of global trade, including an analysis of the forces and technological shifts that will impact supply chain, logistics, or transportation fields. Specifically, explain how transportation management technology can help businesses navigate the future changes in global trade.


The contest is open to any current undergraduate or graduate student at a MercuryGate University participant school (see the full list at the link above), who is studying in the fields of business, supply chain, logistics, or transportation. Only one (1) essay may be submitted per person.

  • One (1) essay per person may be submitted.
  • Entries must include notes and a bibliography of sources used.
  • Employees of MercuryGate and members of their families are not eligible to participate.
  • By entering the Contest, entrants agree and acknowledge that MercuryGate will own the copyright in all entries submitted.
  • Entries must be an original, unpublished work.


  • The deadline is April 1, 2019.
  • Essays must be the original and unpublished work of the student.
  • Essays should be 1,500 to 2,000 words in length.
  • Essays must describe the author’s vision for the Future of Delivery, and the trends and forces that will shape the supply chain—specifically supply chain management over the next ten (10) years—substantiated by new or existing research.
  • Participants must submit a bibliography citing their sources.
  • Entries should be formatted in standard 8.5” x 11” paper with 1” margins, double-spaced, in 12-point type, with numbered pages.
  • To qualify for an award, the entry must be accurate in grammar and spelling, and must be clear in its organization and presentation.
  • Include a cover page with the following details:
    • Title
    • Author’s name
    • Permanent address
    • E-mail address


A screening committee of MercuryGate employees will determine the top 10 essays. The top ten (10) essays will be judged by a panel of MercuryGate executives.

Criteria includes:

  • Content
    • Must demonstrate an understanding of the topic.
    • Identify the forces and technologies shaping the supply chain industry.
    • Support the topic and ideas with research and attribution to sources.
    • Include critical analysis of how the supply chain industry will evolve.
  • Presentation
    • Quality of writing – style, clarity, vocabulary, and flow.
    • Organization – structure, introduction, and conclusion.

An essay will be immediately disqualified for the following:

  • It is not on the topic.
  • It does not include a bibliography.
  • It is more than 2,000 words, or less than 1,500 words (not including citations and bibliography).
  • Is submitted after the deadline of April 1, 2019.
  • It is determined that the essay is not the participant’s original work.
  • It is incomplete.
  • The participant is not actively enrolled at a university in the MercuryGate University Program

The final awards shall be given to the best essays submitted based on the criteria set forth above. The awards will be determined at the sole discretion of the panel and such awards shall be final.

Essays will become the property of MercuryGate once submitted, and MercuryGate will have the right to publish any or all portions of the essays on its website or in other print or electronic publications, along with attribution of the author.


For further information or questions, please contact the contest coordinator Shelby Bucher.

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