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Making the Most of Your Membership

APICS adds new options for maximizing your benefits
  • APICS staff
September/October 2016

After a thorough review of individual and corporate members’ needs and goals, APICS launched a new membership program designed to deliver a customized member experience. Through the two new membership options—which are available to professional, young professional, and international members—APICS gives individuals the opportunity to focus on the benefits that best align with their goals.

“We’re very focused on our individual and corporate members and what they want to accomplish,” says APICS CEO Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, CPA, CAE. “The new membership program was developed with their goals in mind. The program addresses the needs of our members by allowing them more f lexibility, and we expect its implementation to both improve member recruitment and retention and strengthen the entire member experience.”

The program will provide supply chain professionals with the tools and resources to succeed at any career stage and tailored access to benefits based on their career paths and goals. It also actively encourages engagement with local chapters and partners.

The ASCM CORE Membership package is designed for individuals not actively pursuing an APICS credential. It includes full access to APICS career resources, including the job board, career packs, and webinars; research reports; digital versions of APICS magazine issues and the APICS Dictionary; and local and online networking. ASCM CORE Members also are eligible for discounts for conferences and events as well as all applicable products and services, except those associated with credential programs.

The ASCM PLUS Membership package delivers expanded benefits for members actively pursuing an APICS credential. In addition to the APICS CORE benefits, ASCM PLUS Members are eligible for discounts on exams, courses, study materials, and courseware for the APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management; APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional; APICS Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution; and APICS Supply Chain Operations Reference-Professional designations. Academic, student, and enterprise professional members are automatically offered this program.

To learn more about these new membership packages, visit apics-membership.

Empowering Women in Supply Chain

In recent years, manufacturing has become a less-popular career path, particularly for women. In fact, women make up about 47 percent of the US workforce, but only 27 percent of the manufacturing workforce.

To increase awareness and create ambassadors for manufacturing careers for women, APICS and the Manufacturing Institute have released “LEAD: Becoming an impactful voice to the next generation of talent.” This tool kit outlines ways for women who are currently in manufacturing to become ambassadors for their industry and methods companies can employ to get involved and increase awareness around supply chain careers. In addition, it provides information for educators to encourage their students to explore the professional possibilities of the supply chain field. The tool kit is available at

APICS 2016 attendees can join the educational session “Overcoming the Supply Chain Skills and Gender Gaps” to learn how to best use this tool kit. Jennifer Proctor, director of industry content at APICS, and Jennifer McNelly, executive director of the Manufacturing Institute, will jointly host this session on Tuesday, September 27, at 10:00 a.m.

The LEAD tool kit is part of APICS’s ongoing efforts to encourage and celebrate women in supply chain. In 2015, APICS partnered with Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute to study the best ways to attract women to manufacturing jobs. The results are available at womeninmanufacturing.

The Benefits of SCOR

Based on a 10-year span of research, the APICS Supply Chain Council has found that Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCOR) model users consistently outperform their competitors. In addition, SCOR users typically enjoy the benefits that are shown in the below graphic.

The Benefits of SCOR

To learn more about the SCOR model and how it can help your business, visit

A Quest for Value

APICS and Michigan State University’s Eli Broad College of Business announce the findings of their latest report, “Creating Value through Procurement and Sourcing Efforts in Integrated Supply Chains.” The research outlines five insights to assist procurement and supply chain professionals in optimizing supply chain value.

  1. Understanding value: Low costs do not equate to the highest value. As such, although cost-reduction strategies are important, they are not the only approach for generating value. Respondents shared that there are many opportunities for supply chain professionals to influence revenue. For example, they can increase collaboration with suppliers, implement innovative technologies, improve product quality, and enhance service offerings.
  2. Creating strategic impact: Connecting supplier capabilities to customer requirements and developing value propositions that are unique and compelling are critical. Four components—procurement process discipline, leveraging buying power, strategic sourcing, and engaging strategic suppliers—are required for procurement and sourcing professionals to create a competitive advantage. 
  3. Expanding relevant scope: The interviews illustrated that, when procurement and sourcing professionals transcend traditional functional boundaries, value creation can occur, creating unlimited potential, increasing visibility, and enhancing an endto-end integrative process.
  4. Facilitating co-creation: Many executives supported the idea that value is derived from the ability to combine knowledge and capabilities in new and compelling ways. Involving procurement and sourcing professionals in the early stages of the innovation activities extracts more value and enables both parties to jointly meet business goals, providing vast opportunities for enhanced outcomes in cost, quality, delivery, and design.
  5. Earning preferential treatment: In order to attract the best suppliers—those that have the capacity and capability to co-create and drive higher levels of value, the best talent, and the best ideas—firms must learn how to become preferred customers. It is important to shift the relationships with key suppliers toward becoming partners, rather than vendors.

“Creating Value through Procurement and Sourcing Efforts in Integrated Supply Chains” is the fourth report stemming from the “Supply Chain Management: Beyond the Horizon” research project, which investigates the current business practices of more than 50 supply chain firms from around the world to distinguish the future of supply chain management. To read this and other Beyond the Horizon reports, visit

Also, mark your calendars for the upcoming Beyond the Horizon webinar, “Beyond the Horizon: Sensing in your Supply Chain: Creating Short-Term Stability and Positioning for Long-Term Change,” on November 17 at 1:00 p.m. CT.

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