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  • Creating a Lean and Green Operations Culture

    • Jennifer Storelli
    July/August 2017

    I began my career as an engineer in construction plant and machinery operations and management. I then took a two-year break to pursue my Master of Business Administration degree in manufacturing and operations management. After that, I stepped into the world of end-toend supply chain management. I feel that supply chain management is an area that gives a professional an end-to-end view of a company’s operations and functions.......Read More

  • Encouraging Wholesome Leadership and Business Practices

    • Jennifer Storelli
    July/August 2017

    APICS magazine Associate Editor Jennifer Storelli had the opportunity to speak with John Mackey, cofounder and CEO of Whole Foods Market, about his mission and aspirations for Whole Foods Market, the business practices behind conscious capitalism, and how professionals can become conscious leaders.......Read More

  • The Philosophy of Personal and Professional Alignment

    • Rex Magadia
    May/June 2017

    One of the first publications I read about supply chain management was a 2004 article by Hau Lee, PhD, the Thoma Professor of Operations, Information and Technology at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. This seminal piece of work from Harvard Business Review was titled “The Triple-A Supply Chain.” In it, Lee posited that top-performing supply chains possess three very different properties that are not the tactical cost-reduction virtues of the past but the strategic, value-adding qualities of the future.......Read More

  • 10 Tips for Standout Résumés

    • Rodney Apple
    May/June 2017

    Your résumé is critical to securing more interviews and landing a job. To maximize its effectiveness, design your résumé to help employers and recruiters understand your skills, experience, and accomplishments.......Read More

  • Planning a Path as a Young Professional

    • Jennifer Storelli
    May/June 2017

    As a buyer for Weir Minerals North America in Madison, Wisconsin, I manage the orders placed to Weir Group’s companies in Malaysia, China, Brazil, Chile, and India as well as orders to domestic suppliers for bearings and rubber material. My daily tasks include cutting purchase orders, expediting, tracking international ocean and air transfers, reviewing pricing, chasing quotes, and communicating changes to internal team members.......Read More

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

    ASCM 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 ASCM Membership value
    • Jennifer Storelli
    May/June 2016

    Although Ben Osenbaugh, CPIM, had heard about ASCM 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