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APICS and CIPS continue to drive supply chain advancement, with plans for making professional development tools even more accessible  

CHICAGO – October 3, 2018 – Two years after jointly announcing a strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), APICS, the premier professional association for supply chain management, and the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS), the largest professional body serving the procurement and supply profession, reaffirm their commitment to support procurement supply chain professional success and prepare to launch new initiatives next year. This new announcement was made at the annual APICS 2018 supply chain conference.

In 2019, APICS and CIPS will continue to leverage their combined strengths to further develop global leaders and positively influence supply chains around the world. The two organizations plan to jointly launch a new procurement certification for the North American market, which will continue to build on APICS’s end-to-end supply chain education. 

“By aligning our services, we aim to equip professionals with valuable learning opportunities, serving them at any stage in their career,” said APICS CEO Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, CPA, CAE. “Together with CIPS and other organizations within our global alliance network, we can propel the supply chain industry forward and create true end-to-end supply chain education.”

Building on an earlier agreed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between CIPS and APICS which established guiding principles for collaboration and knowledge sharing, the two organizations will work together to tackle challenges and improve workforce development, organizational standards, and benchmarking within one of the fastest growing industries in the world.

“Smart procurement is at the core of smart end to end supply chain, and our joint goal with APICS is to help professionals develop their skills and apply them toward the right roles within their industry,” said Malcolm Harrison, Group CEO at CIPS. “CIPS is globally recognized for leading the way in educational standards and so alongside the educational opportunities APICS provides, combined with our professional development and networking capabilities, procurement supply chain professionals have endless opportunities to grow.”  

APICS is the industry leader in supply chain certification, training and networking. For over 60 years, APICS has provided world-class supply chain training and certification to foster supply chain talent and improved end-to-end performance. APICS sets the industry standard for supply chain education through outstanding training, certification and community programs. This includes the APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM); APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP); and APICS Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD) certifications. For more information, visit and follow APICS on social media at LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram 

About CIPS
The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) is the world’s largest procurement and supply professional organization.  It is the worldwide center of excellence on procurement and supply management issues.  CIPS has a global community of over 200,000 in over 150 different countries, including senior business people, high-ranking civil servants and leading academics.  The activities of procurement and supply chain professionals have a major impact on the profitability and efficiency of all types of organization and CIPS offers corporate solutions packages to improve business profitability.; @CIPSNews


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