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APICS SCC Scholars poster contest winners announced
  • APICS SCC staff
January/February 2016

The APICS Supply Chain Council (SCC) Scholars Education Program hosted a poster contest during APICS 2015. Students were asked to submit a poster that outlined lessons learned through their independent research, scholarly papers or projects, group assignments, case studies, and chapter involvement. Contest jurors, who were selected at random and included a number of district managers, reviewed the entries during the first day of the conference. The following students were recognized for their entries.

Katherine Miller, a junior at the University of Wisconsin– Stout, won first place for her poster “Speak Up! The Powerful Impact Voice Technology Can Have on Your Corporation.” Her project focused on lessons learned about pick-to-voice systems during her internship at Andersen Windows. Miller has been an APICS student member since 2013 and is pursuing her Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) designation, having already passed the Basics of Supply Chain Management (BSC) and Master Planning of Resources tests.

Victoria YaoBarnes, a junior at Western Washington University (WWU), was honored as the second-place winner for her poster “Process Improvement.” Her project highlighted a kaizen event she led during her internship at Terex Corporation. YaoBarnes became an APICS student member in 2015 and is the memberships officer of her student chapter, the WWU Student Chapter.

Matthew Schuetz, a senior at Duquesne University, took third place with his poster “Planning and Implementation of Warehouse Layout Redesign.” The project highlighted key takeaways from his internship work redesigning a material distribution warehouse. Schuetz has been an APICS student member since 2013; is the vice president of the Duquesne University Student Chapter; and is pursuing his CPIM designation, after passing the BSC test in 2015. Schuetz also was a runner-up in the APICS Think Tank quiz show session at APICS 2015, for which he won $25.

The poster contest winners were awarded $300, $200, and $100, respectively, for their efforts.

Full Speed Ahead 

The APICS SCC designed the Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCOR) model Racetrack as a visual guide to lead companies through a SCOR improvement program. The infographic representation of the SCOR framework shows that, although most projects are linear, SCOR supply chain improvement is never totally complete and thus is best conceived as a continuous cycle of detailed improvement projects.

As groups progress around the SCOR Racetrack, they encounter five steps:

  1. Pre-SCOR Program Steps focus on building organizational support by identifying the right motivation, executive sponsor, and SCOR evangelist, which can take anywhere from two to six months.
  2. Set the Scope helps define an appropriate pilot program by encouraging teams to think big, act small, and scale fast. This step usually takes about three weeks.
  3. Configure the Supply Chain involves analyzing performance, process, practices, and people using SCORmark, a process blueprint, and a talent assessment. This step is the longest stretch of the racetrack and can take 9–12 weeks, depending on scope.
  4. Optimize Projects requires grouping and prioritizing a project portfolio, calculating the benefits, and putting together a return-on-investment schedule with the finance team. This step takes about three weeks.
  5. Ready for Implementation targets multi-wave deployment of projects for the next 6–18 months. After this, teams can start a new SCOR project or circle the track again and revise an existing project.

For best results, project teams should include an active executive sponsor; a steering team made up of the executive sponsor’s direct reports or peers; a project leader; a design team composed of subject-matter experts from each of the SCOR processes and other pertinent topics; and representatives from finance, information technology, and human resources.

The SCOR Racetrack is based on more than 150 successful corporate applications of the SCOR framework as a process-improvement platform by APICS SCC affiliates. To learn more about the SCOR framework, visit the APICS SCOR app.  

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