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The 11th Annual APICS West Coast Student Case Competition

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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…
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Navigating the Global Supply Chain Starts with People

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At APICS Inland Empire’s recent executive panel and networking symposium on “Navigating the Global Supply Chain”, we had some intriguing discussions on the hot topics in global supply chains. Wouldn’t you know, even with a complex, technical topic like this one, people are #1! Start with your employees. As I said while leading a webinar on “Onshoring Profits” earlier today, I’ve never seen “happy customers” with “unhappy employees”. Have you? Thus, clearly starting there is cornerstone in navigating the supply chain. However, this step is not enough. We must expand to collaborating with your supply chain partners. Your supply chain…
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Crowdsourcing Is In

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In asking questions about outsourcing, insourcing and near-sourcing of the executive panel at APICS Inland Empire’s Symposium, we heard several great stories. One of them was compelling about the value of crowdsourcing. Crowdsourcing is the practice of engaging a ‘crowd’ or group for a common goal — often innovation, problem solving, or efficiency. It is powered by new technologies, social media and web 2.0. It is simply amazing as to what can be achieved with these out-of-the-box strategies. Many big name companies who can put “big bucks” behind their efforts have found that they can achieve far more with crowdsourcing…
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APICS Inland Empire Focuses on ‘Navigating the Global Supply Chain’

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APICS Inland Empire Focuses on ‘Navigating the Global Supply Chain’ at Fall Symposium on October 29 The Fall Executive Panel & Networking Symposium tackles the pay-offs and perils of managing a worldwide supply chain giving attendees from manufacturers and logistics a chance to improve their strategy for managing a global supply chain. The Inland Empire Chapter of APICS,  the leading association for supply chain and operations professionals, will be presenting attendees with an expert panel focused on global supply chain trends and strategies at its Navigating Global Supply Chain Fall Executive Panel & Networking Symposium on October 29, in Corona, Calif. In addition to expert presentations,…
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Hot Topics in Supply Chain Management?

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One of the reasons we attend the APICS International Conference is to understand what is trending in supply chain today. Which topics are “hot”? Logistics – APICS’ new certification, CLTD (certified in logistics, transportation and distribution) is the hottest ticket in town. Not only were there many educational sessions about these topics, the APICS Inland Empire chapter gets inquiries every week about it. In today’s Amazon-impacted world, logistics is cornerstone to success – how else will you deliver exceptional customer service rapidly and cost-effectively? SIOP (Sales & Operations Planning) – this is near and dear to my heart as a…
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Successful CEOs/Presidents & Leadership

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Our APICS Inland Empire chapter went on a tour of Paulson Manufacturing, and it was simply excellent! It reminded me of how powerful the influence and impact of the CEO is on an organization. Roy Paulson, the President, not only spent considerable time with us talking about the market, his strategy, obstacles and technology but he also personally walked us around his facility. I will dedicate a future Profit through People article to some of Roy’s wisdom; however, one concept that permeated the day was the power of leadership. Roy talked about working in every job at his facility. He learned from all…
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The Importance of Global

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Just returning from meeting with my global advisory board in Sydney, I happened to speak to the International Business Group of ProVisors yesterday on “Global Supply Chain Partners: Associations, Networks & Resources”. Thus, I’ve been thinking about the importance of international considerations — regardless of the business. I cannot think of a client that doesn’t have some sort of international consideration — ranging from owning, partnering or sourcing manufacturing in China or Mexico to sourcing materials and parts from around the world to purchasing machinery from international companies to supporting customers globally to being impacted by global competition…..and the list…
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Filling Worker Skills Gap Remains a Hot Topic

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In the past week, I’ve had the opportunity to hear the leading experts in manufacturing, distribution and logistics. There were a few common threads among EVERY expert yet one stood out from the rest — the skills gap remains alive and well. For example, the Southern California Logistics & Supply Chain Summit keynote speaker was an Amazon executive. When asked what he wanted to talk about at the symposium, he chose “People, Careers and the Supply Chain: the Innovative Practices”. Whether $8 million, $50 million or a facility / division of a multi-billion dollar company, every one of my manufacturing…
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Collaboration Rules

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Collaboration is pivotal to success for manufacturers and distributors. Supply chains are connected to a larger degree than ever before.  Global is commonplace.  Customers and manufacturers talk frequently.  Suppliers collaborate with manufacturers on developing new products.  Collaborative planning, forecasting and VMI programs are commonplace.  In many industries such as aerospace and distribution, they are a “must”.  Consumers have gained a more powerful voice with social media.  Feedback is immediate.  The bottom line is that collaboration has evolved from a fluffy concept to a vital and pragmatic one. Certainly, collaboration arises on a daily basis in my consulting practice.  More and…
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Are You Looking for What’s Coming?

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To stay competitive in business you must be forward-thinking. Look forward to the APICS-IE Executive Panel and Networking Symposium on April 30 to learn about emerging supply chains.
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