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APICS adds CLTD designation to lineup
  • APICS staff
July/August 2016

APICS officially launched its new Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD) designation July 1. The credential is designed to provide directors, managers, and support staff with a body of knowledge, best practices, and standards for the logistics, transportation, and distribution industries.

By earning the CLTD designation, ASCM Members can enhance their knowledge and skills in logistics, capacity planning and demand management, order management, inventory and warehouse management, transportation, global logistics considerations, logistics network design, and reverse logistics and sustainability—all of which will be included in the CLTD body of knowledge.

Prior to participating in the CLTD program, candidates must have either a bachelor’s degree or international equivalent; three years of related business experience; or a Certified in Production and Inventory Management, Certified Fellow in Production and Inventory Management, Certified Supply Chain Professional, Supply Chain Operations Reference–Professional, Certified in Transportation Logistics, Certified Purchasing Manager, Certified in Supply Management, or Certified Professional in Supply Management designation.

The CLTD Learning System and Exam Content Manual are available now. Only one, computer-based exam—which will be available October 1—is required for the designation.

The APICS CLTD designation aims to serve the needs of both professionals and employers around the world and address the industry skills gap. According to the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics, the US transportation and logistics industry will generate as many as 270,000 new jobs through 2018, which equates to more than 10 percent of all new jobs in America.

To learn more about CLTD, visit

APICS Delivers Value for Your Business

As a leading community for end-to-end supply chain excellence, APICS understands the journey to transform a supply chain and gain business value. Based on best-inclass corporate Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCOR) model implementations, APICS has assembled an unbiased, standardized, and configurable approach to securing that value.

A newly developed graphic (below) illustrating the APICS for Business offering demonstrates that each supply chain must focus on four core tenants: performance, organization, process, and people. Depending on company priorities and pain points, a supply chain team can start with any quadrant but must make its way around the circle at least once.

APICS for Business value proposition

“In fact, our best affiliates that have had the greatest impact on shareholder value have completed many revolutions over many years with many supply chains,” notes Peter Bolstorff, executive vice president of corporate development.

APICS offers a variety of tools, frameworks, benchmarks, and educational resources to help companies every step of the way as they configure customer-centric implementation solutions that deliver business value.

APICS for Business Tools
To learn more about how APICS can support your company’s supply chain goals, visit

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