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ASCM collaborates with industry leaders to elevate excellence within supply chain

CHICAGO, IL – Oct. 3, 2018 – Today, the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM), the global leader in supply chain organizational transformation, innovation and leadership, announced a new global alliance network aimed at propelling supply chain forward and transforming how organizations do business. 

“The world of supply chain management never stops advancing, and neither should we. The new global alliances enable corporations around the world to connect with ASCM for thought leadership on all aspects of supply chain,” said APICS CEO Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, CPA, CAE. “As organizations expect more from their supply chains, they can look to ASCM as their partner in achieving global supply chain excellence, innovation and resilience — realized one supply chain and one person at a time.”

ASCM is an all-encompassing supply chain organization built on the foundation of APICS. Together with its global alliance network, ASCM can propel the supply chain industry forward and transform how organizations do business.

Global alliances, the highest level of ASCM collaboration, are customized relationships that involve a jointly managed product and may also include any combination of corporate membership, sponsorship, research and events. 

The ASCM launch will be complete in early 2019, but the global alliance network already includes:

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation builds partnerships that bring together resources, expertise and vision to focus on the areas of greatest need and help all people lead healthy, productive lives. ASCM has been awarded a grant by the foundation to develop and implement a sustainable operating model focused on improving public health supply chains and foster the overall advancement of end-to-end supply chain management in Africa.

The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) is the largest professional body serving the procurement and supply profession. CIPS will work with ASCM to enhance educational standards for individuals and organizations alongside improving workforce development, and benchmarking within procurement. CIPS and ASCM are developing a new procurement certification, which will be offered in the North American market in 2019.

Accenture is a global management consulting and professional services firm that provides strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations services. Accenture will work with ASCM to provide an extensive, easy-to-access online study program that supports the APICS CPIM review process. 

Deloitte Consulting LLP is the industry-leading provider of advisory and consulting services, lending its expertise and point of view to the ASCM Digital SCOR Taskforce. Together, Deloitte and ASCM support the Manufacturing Institute’s STEP Ahead Initiative, which showcases the impact of women in science, technology, engineering and production careers. Plus, the annual APICS Case Competition is provided in collaboration with Deloitte Consulting LLP. *

PwC’s purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. PwC is a network of firms in 158 countries with more than 236,000 people who are committed to delivering quality in assurance, advisory and tax services. PwC provides SCORMark supply chain benchmarking services, sponsors ASCM research and events and lends its expertise and point of view to the ASCM Digital SCOR Taskforce.

In addition to global alliances, ASCM also enables new thought leadership collaborations. The collaborations consist of a customized relationship with ASCM that typically focuses on content innovation or events. Thought leadership collaborations currently include American Institute of Artificial Intelligence, ASLOG, CFLP, DDI, Guangdong Procurement and Supply Chain Association, Institute of Business Forecasting and Planning, Integreship Group, ISACA, Korn Ferry, Loyola University-Chicago, Manufacturing Institute, Manufacturing Performance Institute and UI Labs.

Learn more about ASCM global alliances here.   

About ASCM
The Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM)
is the global leader in supply chain organizational transformation, innovation and leadership. As the largest non-profit association for supply chain, ASCM is an unbiased partner, connecting companies around the world to the newest thought leadership on all aspects of supply chain. ASCM is built on a foundation of APICS certification and training spanning 60 years. Now, ASCM is driving innovation in the industry with new products, services and partnerships that enable companies to further optimize their supply chains, secure their competitive advantage and positively impact their bottom lines. For more information, visit


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. Under the umbrella of the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM), 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

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Media contact:
Shelley Nall
INK Communications Co.

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