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Free certification webinars coming soon!

Three FREE public webinars that focus on each of the APICS certifications (CPIM, CSCP and CLTD) are coming in April and May. Each of these webinars provides detailed information on the credential, outlines learning options, and explains how to formulate a study plan to prepare for the exam with confidence.

If you are considering becoming a candidate for certification,  sign up today.

April 6, 2017 - Why Every Supply Chain Professional Needs the APICS CSCP
April 19, 2017 - Why Every Logistics Professional Needs the APICS CLTD
May 4, 2017 - Why You Need the APICS CPIM to Master the Fundamentals in Business

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APICS Announces New SCOR Overview Seminar

APICS, the premier professional association for supply chain management, announces an introductory, one-day seminar for the Supply Chain Operations Reference model (SCOR), the world’s leading supply chain framework. The seminar will introduce the SCOR framework, which was developed to help businesses understand, structure, and evaluate the performance of their supply chains. 

Upon completion of the one-day seminar, participants will be able to:

Click on this link to learn what SCOR can do for your organization, to view the seminar schedule and register to attend the SCOR Overview Seminar.


Series for 2017 includes a new 3-credential overview

Which APICS Certification is Right for Me? 

This webinar was held February 28, 2017. Over 1000 people registered!

Click here for the Recorded Presentation ■ Participant FAQs

Why Every Supply Chain Professional Needs the APICS CSCP 
Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST 
Register today by clicking Here

Why Every Logistics Professional Needs the APICS CLTD
Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST 
To Register, Click Here

Why You Need the APICS CPIM to Master the Fundamentals in Business
Date: Thursday, May 4, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST 
To Register, Click Here 


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. 


Is Your Company a Chamber of Commerce Member?

Take Advantage of our APICS Michiana Discounted Membership Offer!!

SJ Chamber of Commerce

Elkhart Chamber of CommerceIf you are employed by or are a company looking to join APICS Michiana and you are a  Chamber of Commerce member, click here for more information on this discounted APICS Membership program for first time APICS Michiana members.

Wanted: 1.4 million new supply chain workers by 2018

The logistics industry has a recruiting problem. It's huge, making up 8.5% of GDP, and growing fast. But to most job seekers, it's misunderstood -- or invisible.

A posting was submitted to the LinkedIn APICS Group to an article contributed to Fortune CNN magazine by Anne Fisher

That article can be found through this link to the magazine

Start Planning for APICS 2017


Why loook at SCM as a career choice?

Why Your Business Should Invest In Your Employees Through APICS

Check How Ingersoll-Rand Benefited by Making Material Management a Core Competency

Read the case study on Goals and Objectives Ingersoll-Rand set and realized and their return on investment in the development of their personnel through Certification validated APICS education.   Access the case study - click here.

Benefits of Investing in APICS

For You and Your Company

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.

Ignite your  employees with one of the many APICS educational choices. 

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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