Supply Chain Briefing

At APICS 2018, the global supply chain conference by the leading trade association in end-to-end supply chain, the CEO of APICS announced the new Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM).  APICS has been leading this field for 60 years focused on end-to-end supply chain management, and now it is time to take it to the next level as supply chain drives success across the globe.  Listen to the video (click on the logo link below and you’ll gain access to the video…scroll down a bit if it doesn’t pop up): 

APICS isn’t going away.  ASCM will continue to provide industry-leading APICS certifications for professionals in the supply chain, and it will be supplemented with an additional focus on corporate transformations and making an impact.  The great news is this aligns well with ASCM/ APICS Inland Empire’s vision to provide value for manufacturers and logistics organizations and professionals.  If you are in Southern CA, please check us out and join us at our Executive Panel & Networking Syposium on Nov 3rd on “Advancing Innovation and Navigating Global Trends”.  We have a diverse panel including the COO of the National Association of Manufacturers, the Deputy Executive Director Stakeholder Engagement of the Port of Los Angeles and healthcare innovation guru and Chairman, Department of Surgery of the City of Hope as well as a manufacturing/ supply chain executive.

What Should We Consider and/or What Impacts Could Arise?

The key takeaway is that the supply chain is growing in importance, relevance and executive power as it relates to business success, and so supply chain professionals and related support systems (including trade associations) must be innovative, resilient, and fast to stay ahead of the curve to successfully navigate these waters.  How do you stack up?  Will you be left in the dust?  

Clients in multiple industries that are our sweet spot (aerospace, consumer products) are experiencing the “squeeze” (feeling supply chain and cost pressures from both sides in the supply chain).  How can you navigate these waters if you aren’t on top of your game?  Perhaps it’s time to take your game to the next level (or jump a few with radical change)….

September 30, 2018


Lisa Anderson