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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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Lisa Anderson Earns New APICS Certificate

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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…
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Lisa Anderson Presents “The Increased Need for More Control, Speed and Profit”

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Lisa Anderson MBA, CSCP, president of LMA Consulting Group and a sought after manufacturing, distribution and supply chain consultant, speaker and writer who works with manufacturers and distributors in aerospace, building products and food is presenting “The Increased Need for More Control, Speed and Profit: How to Thrive in the Environment” in a TalentStream webinar on Wednesday, November 2, 2016, at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT. As the recession is long over and manufacturing has been reigniting, executives are re-evaluating their end-to-end supply chains in response to the critical importance of short lead times, increasing labor rates in low cost countries, concerns about “too much” money tied up in…
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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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The Power of Students

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Last week, while attending APICS 2016 in Washington DC, I was able to spend time with the West Coast student case competition‘s winning team, San Diego State University. I am the Chair of the West Coast student case competition, and I was proud to see our team represent us at APICS 2016’s global competition. In today’s Amazon-impacted world, supply chain management is ever more relevant. And, it was especially exciting that our team made it into the top 5 teams globally — congrats! (See them pictured below after the competition.) Effectively managing the global supply chain is not only a…
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LMA Consulting Group’s Lisa Anderson Reaches Publishing Milestones

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Claremont, Calif., August 30, 2016 — LMA Consulting Group’s Lisa Anderson, a sought after manufacturing, distribution and supply chain consultant, speaker and writer who works with manufacturers and distributors in aerospace, building products and food to make and keep bold customer promises by empowering people with profit-driven strategies has completed major publishing milestones by reaching the 125th issue of her Profit through PeopleSM Newsletter and 100th edition of “I’ve Been Thinking” weekly tips publication. Complimentary to subscribers, both publications offer insights, ideas and expertise on trends including ERP, SIOP, The Amazon Effect and The Skills Gap. “I enjoy sharing these…
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You’ll Learn More By Teaching

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Have you ever heard the saying, “you’ll learn more by teaching” than most other options? I can vouch for this first hand. I am President of the APICS Inland Empire Chapter (#1 trade association for supply chain and operations management professionals), and we offer highly respected and sought after certifications in the industry. Thus, we have several instructors teach courses on the fundamentals of manufacturing and distribution — and on advanced topics such as lean manufacturing. I have team-taught our CSCP (certified supply chain professional) classes, and I guarantee you learn more by teaching! Teaching can be hard work —…
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Interested in Growth? Beef Up Systems and Project Management

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Companies are in growth. Every single client is growing – many quite dramatically while others a bit slower, yet growth just the same. Although rapid growth is exciting, it can also be one of the most challenging. Systems can provide the perfect tool to leverage for success – and project management is your ticket to ensure success. Growth can be challenging for companies both large and small. Whether the client is still relatively small and concerned with cash flow or whether they are much larger and trying to purchase buildings and machines, growth will bring growing pains. Customers do not…
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Is Inventory Management Dead?

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I received a note recently from one of my newsletter subscribers asking if inventory management is dead.  He stated that he didn’t think there was a single session on inventory management at APICS 2015 and wondered if the topic was dead. The answer is NO….at least not for successful companies! Interestingly, I was asked specifically to talk about inventory management by the APICS Ventura chapter as their programs chair said that their members were interested in fundamentals topics – what really matters to success in the workplace. That is the reason why inventory management will never go out of style…
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Remember to Keep an Eye on Costs with Growth

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Understanding and controlling costs has always been a critical success factor for the majority of businesses; however, during times of growth, it is especially important to make sure to remain vigilant while also investing as needed.  Growth is exciting but it also can be harder than downsizing to navigate. Thus, keeping an eye on costs can be valuable to ensuring success. So, how does one go about defining cost? It is as simple as defining the intersection and sweet spot of your organization’s people, process and technology assets. It doesn’t require complex solutions or significant capital investment; instead, it requires…
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