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  • Networking Strategies for Burgeoning Supply Chain Professionals

    • Rex Magadia
    March/April 2017
    It’s difficult to argue against the value of a robust professional network. Your network really is the bedrock upon which you will build your career. Interestingly enough, networks also are the foundation of best-in-class supply chain management organizations, which rely on strong relationships across borders and cultures.......Read More
  • Building a Better Economy One Start-Up at a Time

    • Jennifer Storelli
    March/April 2017
    I chose to major in supply chain management as part of the bachelor of commerce program at the University of Manitoba’s Asper School of Business. I realized the number of current and potential job opportunities in supply chain management around the world, and I felt that, in the age of globalization, supply chain management would be the critical resource of multinational enterprises for expanding the global landscape.......Read More
  • Simple Steps for Optimizing Your LinkedIn Profile

    • Rodney Apple
    March/April 2017
    This past December, Microsoft completed its acquisition of LinkedIn. LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner wrote a letter to his team explaining the new mission of the combined companies, saying, “I’m more confident than ever that our move to join forces with Microsoft will accelerate our mission to connect the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful and ultimately help create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce.”......Read More
  • Bridge the Supply Chain Generation Gap as a Mentor or Mentee

    • Gary A. Smith
    January/February 2017
    All of the successful people I know say they owe many of their accomplishments to the mentors in their lives. I can certainly point to the advice and counsel of my mentors as major reasons behind my own career success. Like most of us, I consider my parents my first mentors. They helped shape my values and instilled in me a love of books, history, and acquiring knowledge.......Read More
  • Making Better Supply Chain Decisions

    • Jonathan Thatcher
    January/February 2017
    Supply chain professionals often are stuck making tough decisions like this one. Pleasing customers by meeting increased service demands can mean displeasing stakeholders by hurting the financial bottom line. Typically, the factors considered in any business decision include short-term, long-term, and lost opportunity costs; level of consensus among team members; and alignment to organizational strategy. ......Read More
  • Using Supply Chain as a Career Key

    • Jennifer Storelli
    January/February 2017
    I was a lost student at the start of my journey through engineering courses, bouncing from math to physics to chemistry. When my curriculum introduced me to operations research, there was something drawing me in.......Read More
  • Career Success in 2017

    • Rodney Apple
    January/February 2017
    Think about where you were with your career and related goals at this time last year. Did you achieve your objectives and reach your full potential? Are you satisfied with your situation today? If the answer to any of these questions is no, it’s time to develop a new course of action—one that enables you to take control and shift from idle to pedal-to-the-floor mode.......Read More
  • Three Life Lessons for the Young Supply Chain Professional

    • Rex Magadia
    January/February 2017
    Supply chains are our planet’s nervous system. Highways, railways, shipping lanes, flight paths, and internet cables transport goods, services, knowledge, capital, and technology to people all around the world. I am captivated and inspired by supply chains. Largely hidden from view, they are an enduring testament to human ingenuity and an indication of the incredible, bewildering feats that can be accomplished through shared vision and collaboration.......Read More
  • Sharing Supply Chain

    APICS member seeks out teaching opportunities
    • Jennifer Storelli
    November/December 2016
    Throughout his 14 years of APICS participation, Arnaud Deshais, CFPIM, CIRM, CSCP, has consistently sought opportunities to share his supply chain knowledge with colleagues and other members.......Read More
  • Handshakes and Hires

    Conference connection leads to career opportunity
    • Jennifer Storelli
    September/October 2016
    Jeremy Vincent, CPIM, knows firsthand the benefits of APICS networking opportunities. While attending APICS 2013 in Orlando as an APICS Scholar, Vincent was introduced to Bob Jalio of Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, who helped him land a job at the company. ......Read More
  • Career Exploration

    Discovering value at all professional levels
    • Jonathan Thatcher
    September/October 2016
    Reader D. N. writes: I soon will complete my four-year university degree and am seriously considering a career in supply chain management, perhaps along with a master’s degree. What can I expect from a lifelong supply chain career, and how can I make the most of it?......Read More
  • Worth Every Penny

    Controller finds financial and industry advice within APICS
    • Jennifer Storelli
    July/August 2016
    Although APICS might not be the first place finance professionals look for education and career advancement, Lorie Clark Groom, PhD, says she immediately saw the value APICS offered her accounting career. “It was obvious to me that my understanding of the APICS body of knowledge would greatly enhance my skills in any industry,” she says.......Read More
  • Studying Like a Master Detective

    Investigate your test-taking routine to achieve exam success
    • Jonathan Thatcher
    July/August 2016
    Reader S.W. writes: I keep failing the certification exam. I think I do well but then find out I did not pass. I am following the usual study tips. What else can I do?......Read More
  • Reclaim Your Power and Potential

    Taking swift action inspires those around you and maximizes the possibilities
    • Elizabeth Rennie
    July/August 2016
    Editor’s note: Mel Robbins is a CNN commentator, writer, and legal analyst. Her TEDx Talk “How to Stop Screwing Yourself Over” has 5.5 million views, and her book, Stop Saying You’re Fine: The No-BS Guide to Getting What You Want, is a best seller that has been translated into four languages. Robbins will speak to APICS 2016 attendees in Washington, DC, September 25–27. Elizabeth Rennie, APICS magazine managing editor, had the opportunity to learn more about Robbins and her upcoming general session presentation.......Read More
  • Learning the Local Language

    Real-world applications highlight APICS membership value
    • Jennifer Storelli
    May/June 2016
    Although Ben Osenbaugh, CPIM, had heard about APICS membership from college professors and colleagues, he says he did not realize the full value of membership until he started working in a supply chain capacity. “The methods we learn in the APICS classes are everywhere in the operations environment,” he says. ......Read More
  • Lofty Ambitions

    Motivate your employees to go for the gold
    • Brett Mewett
    May/June 2016
    As an APICS instructor, I often find myself proclaiming the following three statements: “You cannot manage what you do not measure. What gets measured gets done. What gets rewarded gets done first.”......Read More
  • Rising Upward

    Optimism Powers SAP's Bill McDermott
    • Karen Huelsman
    May/June 2016
    Bill McDermott, the CEO at software giant SAP, has always thought big. As a high schooler, he seized the opportunity to buy a deli in his Long Island, New York, neighborhood. Aided by the encouragement of his family and his natural tenacity, he grew the business while finishing high school and college. ......Read More
  • Doomed to Repeat History?

    Preventing normalization of deviance keeps firms honest
    • Jonathan Thatcher
    March/April 2016
    Reader R.S. writes: I am working on my degree, and, in one of my classes, we’ve talked about some of the business scandals of 2015. Many are similar to scandals from years ago that I have read about in my studies. With all of today’s business information, automation, regulation, and best practices, why do companies keep making the same mistakes?......Read More
  • Flexible and Connected

    APICS body of knowledge traverses professional’s career path
    • Jennifer Storelli
    March/April 2016
    In his career, Jeremy Burek, CPIM, CIRM, CSCP, has moved through different supply chain areas but always found that APICS membership and education helped him connect the dots along the way. “I joined APICS in 1999 while I was an employee for Intel supporting production planning design and configuration during the initial rollout of SAP at its global manufacturing facilities,” he explains. ......Read More
  • Emphasis on Talent

    APICS education enables superior employee development
    • Elizabeth Rennie
    March/April 2016
    Carlisle Interconnect Technologies (CIT) is a St. Augustine, Florida-based designer and manufacturer of high-performance wire and cable, including optical fiber. Medical, satellite communication, military and defense, industrial, and test and measurement industries use its products. The company also specializes in harsh-environment interconnect contacts, connectors, cable assemblies, installation kits, racks, and shelf assemblies.......Read More