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The 11th Annual APICS West Coast Student Case Competition

February 9th, 2017

West Coast Student Case Competition

Co-chairs Lisa Anderson MBA, CSCP, CLTD, president of LMA Consulting Group and The ACA Group’s Ellen Kane, CPIM, will be holding the 11th Annual APICS West Coast Student Case Competition on February 17 and 18, at the Wyndham San Diego Bayside in San Diego, Calif. The competition attracts undergraduates and graduate students from the region including Southern California, Arizona, Nevada, and northern Mexico, and because of its popularity, consistently draws teams from Washington, Oregon, Northern CA, Texas, Utah, Canada and Hong Kong. Approximately 100 students compete in roughly 25 teams running computer simulations to solve supply chain and logistics business problems presenting their work to a mock Board of Directors (APICS professionals). The top two teams in each division compete on Saturday with one more round of computer simulation walking away with cash prizes to help fund their transportation, hotel and registration fees for the competition.

“Our goal is to provide value to the students and get them engaged in the community of professionals with connections that will be valuable as they search for jobs and advance their career. We believe strongly that students are the future of manufacturing, and we want to encourage them to pursue careers in operations and supply chain management,” explains Anderson, recognized as SAP’s 16th most influential in supply chain management and sustainability. “They truly apply what they are learning in their respective programs to solve these challenging simulations.”

Keynote speaker Linda Duffy, president of Ethos Human Capital Solutions will prepare participants for work life after college and teach better business exchanges with a presentation on “Building Communication Skills for a Successful Career” at 1:00 P.M. “I appreciate the opportunity to share my business communications, teambuilding and work life insights with college students —especially the ones who are competing at the APICS West Coast Student Case Competition,” states Duffy. “I will specifically focus on business communications and how to build rapport with coworkers. Participants will be able to take the Everything DiSC Workplace® assessment so they can understand their communication style and how their approach might need to be flexed to get along with co-workers.”

APICS Southwest students, most with backgrounds in operations management, supply chain management, industrial engineering, or MBA students, will compete to solve computer-simulated supply chain problems at a graduate and undergraduate level. Simulations challenge students to create solutions to the problems posed and provide the rationale for their recommendations. Judging is provided by APICS professionals with 50 percent of the final score focused on presentation and the other 50 percent graded the ROI calculations and rationale. The competition is open to all students enrolled in universities in the APICS Southwest Region and coordinated by APICS-IE and LMA Consulting Group president, Lisa Anderson and APICS-SFV VP Finance and The ACA Group’s Ellen Kane. Participants are able to showcase their talent for fellow students, professors and future employers. For more information on this year’s competition, visit the APICS Southwest District Website.

 



Lisa Anderson Earns New APICS Certificate

February 1st, 2017
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LMA Consulting Group’s Lisa Anderson earned an APICS Certificate in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution, which represents mastery in high level logistics, domestic and international.

Lisa Anderson MBA, CSCP, president of LMA Consulting Group has earned her APICS Certificate in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD) credential. APICS, the premier professional association for supply chain management, offers education and certification programs for supply chain and operations professionals. The CLTD examination tests mastery of high level logistics knowledge and skills, encompassing domestic and global markets. The designation requires maintenance every five years and indicates an adherence to best practices and advanced practices in logistics.

“Even with over 25 years of experience in the industry, I’ve learned a lot in the process of preparing for this exam,” shares Lisa Anderson. “The exam covers a broad range of material from the traditional logistics, transportation and distribution topics to global logistics considerations, logistics network design and reverse logistics and sustainability. We are fortunate to have organizations like APICS to continually elevate our skills and stay on top of relevant trends in the industry to not only give employers standards with which to measure employees, potential employees and partners but to provide ideas and strategies that drive bottom line business results. It is quite a privilege to add CLTD after my name and to be recognized for this expertise.”

Anderson’s membership in APICS extends beyond her own continuing education and professional development. She also serves as President for APICS Inland Empire Chapter, which can be found at www.apics-ie.org, and as Chair of the West Coast Student Case Competition, which can be found at www.apicscasecompetition.org. Anderson has also been recognized with the Milt Cook award for the APICS Southwest district which is the highest award for service and dedication to the District and principles of APICS. APICS is the largest international supply chain professional organization with over 37,000 members and its mission is to foster the advancement of end-to-end supply chain management through a body of knowledge, innovative research, systems, and methods to create value for customers, members, and organizations. For more information or to join, visit their website at www.apics.org

 



70% of Manufacturing Execs Say Near-Sourcing Will Increase

January 26th, 2017
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70% of manufacturing executives state near-sourcing will increase according to LMA Consulting Group Research.

Lisa Anderson MBA, CSCP, president of LMA Consulting Group, conducted a proprietary research study to better understand outsourcing, near-sourcing and insourcing trends for U. S.-based manufacturers. Pending further analysis, Anderson reports on a preliminary finding that shows that 70% of responding executives expect near-sourcing to increase within the next five years. Survey data was collected from August to October 2016, and the U. S. presidential election may have an impact on this trend toward near-sourcing.

“I’ve seen that manufacturers were already considering insourcing to the U.S. and near-sourcing options to Mexico and other closely located countries because of the Amazon effect – the need for rapid response to customer needs. Thus, the industry was already moving in that direction prior to the U.S. presidential election. However, since tariffs are likely to increase and bad publicity could easily occur, the impact will probably steer some of those companies towards the U.S. instead of Mexico.

“In addition to the Amazon effect, I’ve witnessed a number of companies who poorly planned their outsourcing and off-shoring efforts,” shares Lisa Anderson. “They now have experience and data to make better decisions. Since the total cost of importing non-commodity products from Asia is equalizing with what can be achieved in the U.S. or Mexico, near-sourcing becomes a no-brainer when the customer and cash impacts are added to the cost equation. It is also far easier and more successful to communicate and manage when manufacturing is closer to the markets served.”

This is the third major research study conducted by LMA Consulting Group which included a Skills Gap Study and The Amazon Effect research project. With an uptick in manufacturing and continued concerns of the lack of skilled resources to fill new manufacturing jobs, Anderson is initiating a new Skills Gap Survey to assess the necessary skillsets for manufacturing positions. The data will be used to uncover new issues as well as compare and contrast results from 2013. Take the survey here or copy and paste this link into your browser http://ow.ly/pMcw308apzo.

To receive the final report or participate in an Anderson-led webinar on outsourcing, near-sourcing and insourcing, enroll here or cut and paste this link into your browser http://ow.ly/7kF8308agJQ.

 



Lisa Anderson Named to Business College Board at University of La Verne

January 12th, 2017
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LMA Consulting Group’s Lisa Anderson named to the University of La Verne Board of College of Business and Public Management.

Lisa Anderson MBA, CSCP, president of LMA Consulting Group has been named as a board member for the University of La Verne College of Business and Public Management (CBPM), which includes undergraduate programs in business, public administration, and health management as well as masters’ degrees in business, organizational leadership, health, and public administration (NASPAA accredited) and a doctoral degree in public administration (D.P.A).

“I’m honored to have been selected as a board member for the University of La Verne in which the faculty and student are so engaged in business growth,” shares Lisa Anderson. “I am equally excited to share with faculty, students and CEOs how to leverage their supply chains at the upcoming CEO Summit.”

Along with her contribution to the board, Anderson will be leading a panel discussion at the 4th Annual CEO Summit at the University of La Verne. The Summit is focused on helping CEOs and company presidents successfully grow their business and seek remedies for business hallenges. Anderson will tackle the increasing importance of supply chains and how the end-to-end supply chain from your suppliers’ suppliers through manufacturing and to your customers’ customers, can contend with global supply chain forces, innovate and find ways to provide Amazon-like service levels while increasing profitability and accelerating cash flow in her “Leveraging Your Supply Chain for Growth and Profitability” panel discussion.

The 2017 CEO Summit will give area leaders a chance to learn and network and will be held Wednesday, March 15, 2017. For more information, visit the CEO Summit Website or cut and paste this link http://laverne.edu/business-and-public-administration/ceosummit/ into your browser.



MCIE Innovation Awards of Inland Empire Adds College Student Category

January 5th, 2017
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MCIE Innovation Awards of Inland Empire, to be held at the Ontario Convention Center on Feb. 3, announces the new Student Award for college students.

Lisa Anderson MBA, CSCP, president of LMA Consulting Group and program awards chair for the Manufacturers’ Council of the Inland Empire (MCIE) Manufacturer’s Summit E=mc² Innovation Awards, a special award ceremony celebrating innovative businesses solving challenges in today’s manufacturing industry, is pleased to announce a new category award of Student Award in addition to the five award categories of Innovation in Product Development, Innovation in Resource or Process Efficiency for Manufacturers, Innovation in Human Capital and Talent, and Innovation in Marketing. Submissions are due by January 16, 2017, with awards made at the Manufacturing Summit, the largest event of its kind in Inland Southern California, to be held at the Ontario Convention Center on Friday, February 3, 2017.

The E=mc² Innovation Awards are a great way to showcase what a company is doing to be innovative to raise the bar,” shares Award Chair Lisa Anderson. “In a climate of robust global competition, talent shortages due to skills gaps, Amazon and mega distributors changing the competitive landscape and poor employee engagement, these awards can prove to Inland Empire companies and their employees, that they are innovative and have great ideas to grow their business and remain competitive. And with the addition of the student category, we now have a spotlight on hiring recent graduates who showcase their talents with their submissions.”

Award winners have tapped into new ideas, processes and manufacturing techniques to build and improve their businesses. Previous winners include Riverside, Calif.-based Newport Cottages, a children’s furniture manufacturer and winner of the Innovations in Human Capital and Talent Award, struggled with workflow issues unable to increase sales from new orders while managing the demand from current customers. They partnered with the Riverside County Workforce Investment Board to promote and facilitate a Lean Manufacturing Transformation Rollout Program and turned their disorganization into a true company transformation.

Last year’s Innovation in Resource & Process Efficiency Award Winner, Celestica, a design and engineering through to manufacturing and after-market services firm based in Ontario, Calif., had to overcome a dual problem of reducing costs as requested by customers while improving efficiency to handle more orders. They had to evaluate their operation, perform a Kaizen Blitz to eliminate non-value add activities and rely on employee’s creativity to improve receiving and overall operations.

The 2015 E=mc² Innovation in Marketing Award went to the Riverside, Calif.-based Phenix Technology, a recognized manufacturer and seller of high quality professional fire helmets, for revitalizing this Made in America, 40-year old company into a global powerhouse. Angel Sanchez, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Global Operations of Phenix Technology explains, “As a small business in California, we struggle to compete with large manufacturers from all over the world. Many have what seem to be unlimited budgets for marketing along with reduced costs for doing business.” But part of not just surviving, but thriving is the innovation many in the Inland Empire have. “We are committed to making our products in the Inland Empire, says Sanchez. “To ensure we can continue doing so for decades to come we focused our energy on innovation. From lean manufacturing to creative marketing, we work hard to thrive in California. It was an honor to be recognized for our efforts and hopefully our model can help other small business to succeed.”

The 2017 Manufacturing Summit will be held Friday, February 3, 2017, at the Ontario Convention Center. For more information, visit MCIE Website or cut and paste this link http://mfgcouncilie.com/homepage/.