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Your Hair Dresser or Barber is Licensed or Certified. So is your Pharmacist.
Why aren't your Supply Chain employees?
In all 50 states, those who cut and/or style your hair have to be licensed or certified to work in that profession. You visit them every couple weeks or months.
Pharmacists must be trained, licensed and certified, and rightfully so. They dispense products that affect your health many operating dispensing facilities(ie Pharmacies). They have a responsibility and requirement to manage and track how those medical products are received, stored, dispensed, used and interact.
Everyone accepts the above as the 'norm', the way of doing business.
Yet most businesses, manufacturing, distribution, service or otherwise, deal with millions of dollars of inventory on a daily basis, affecting their profitability, sustainability, even existence, mainly with employees who learned the job on their own, or from someone else who learned on their own.
These key people within your organizations should have some definable, measurable standard of knowledge that identifies they understand the Body of Knowledge enabling them to perform those tasks well. They should become APICS Trained and Certified in whichever discipline applies to their roles of responsibility. In todays business environment, it really is almost a business necessity.
Your employees need an understanding of how and why your planning and execution systems work the way they do. Planning software today all operate on the same principles but an understanding provides for a zeroing in on an error when results are not as expected. Implementations go much smoother when everyone has the same understanding and terminology of why and how it all works. Businesses have to understand that software is not a solution, but a tool that helps solve a business problem.
Speaker/Writer John Capron, CPIM, has posted a blog on LinkedIn Pulse on the same topic. You can read it here.
Want to know more? Contact your local APICS Chapter, or visit the APICS website at APICS.org and review training and certification topics.
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Investing in your employees is the same as investing in your organization’s future. Give your employees the tools they need to make your company successful by investing in an APICS education.
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Investing in APICS education and certification provides the following benefits for your employees:
• The ability to think strategically, act tactically, and streamline operations by refreshing existing skills and learning new ones
• Increased functional knowledge leads to more accurate forecasts and maximize the use of systems and technology
• An understanding of how diverse functions within a company are linked through enterprise resources planning (ERP)
• Improved performance from understanding standard industry terminology
• The ability to perform at a higher level within their existing role and prepare for future roles
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