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APICS Honors Johnson Controls and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals with its 2017 Awards of Excellence


SAN ANTONIO, TX – Oct. 16, 2017 – Today, APICS, the association for supply chain management, announced that two organizations, Johnson Controls and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, were honored as this year’s corporate winners of the prestigious APICS Awards of Excellence. APICS recognized the companies for superior performance and dedication to advancing the field of supply chain management. Awards were presented at APICS 2017, the organization’s flagship supply chain management conference, held this week in San Antonio, Texas.

“This year we are pleased to honor Johnson Controls and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, two companies that have leveraged APICS’s body of knowledge to strive for excellence in everything they do,” said APICS CEO Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, CPA, CAE. “APICS is focused on advancing global end-to-end supply chain excellence through research, education and innovation. These winners clearly share this commitment.” 

Johnson Controls received the 2017 APICS Corporate Award of Excellence in Education. This award recognizes an organization’s commitment to productivity and advancement based on the effective and ongoing application of educational concepts, competencies and best practices from the APICS body of knowledge. APICS recognized Johnson Controls for the Supply Chain Excellence platform and vision created under its Johnson Controls Operating System (JCOS). The JCOS aims to standardize approaches across all Johnson Controls businesses; provide consistent, repeatable processes that lead to consistent, repeatable positive results; and increase the speed, quality and agility of how Johnson Controls operates. The Supply Chain Excellence platform provides a way to engage employees; drive operational excellence; and attain a sustainable competitive advantage for Johnson Controls customers and shareholders by designing, integrating and optimizing end-to-end demand driven supply chains.

Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals received the 2017 APICS Corporate Award of Excellence in Transformation. This award recognizes an organizational transformation that elevates the business and its overall supply chain performance as a result of a supply chain assessment leveraging the APICS body of knowledge or the APICS Supply Chain Operations Reference model. To remain competitive, Mallinckrodt strategically transformed its processes to reduce forecast variance and bias, increase agility and improve adherence to the supply plan. A team of 17 supply chain professionals, 12 of whom hold at least one APICS certification, developed new systems and accountability programs, including a master production schedule adherence plan, a master schedule change-request process and improved first-time-right performance. The transformation of demand planning, supply planning, agility and plant execution has turned Mallinckrodt’s Specialty Generics segment into a world-class supplier, affecting both profitability and customer service.

A panel of judges selected the APICS Awards of Excellence winners. This panel based its evaluations on applicants’ supply chain strategies, impact and business results. In addition to their recognition at APICS 2017, the winners will be featured in a 2018 issue of APICS magazine.



APICS is the association for supply chain management and the leading provider of research, education and certification programs that elevate supply chain excellence, innovation and resilience. The APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM); APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP); APICS Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD); and APICS Supply Chain Operations Reference-Professional (SCOR-P) designations set the industry standard. With more than 45,000 members and approximately 300 channel partners, APICS is transforming the way people do business, drive growth and reach global customers. For more information, visit


Media contact:
Shelley Nall
INK Communications Co.


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