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Advancing Supply Chain STEM

  • APICS staff
July/August 2017

The APICS Supply Chain STEM Educational Outreach Program is in full swing with a new website and an ambitious goal of educating more than 100,000 students by 2020. The program, created by APICS Director of Academic Outreach Cheryl Dalsin, aims to decrease the global supply chain talent gap by exposing K-12 students to supply chain concepts through a variety of fun classroom activities.

The APICS Supply Chain STEM microsite contains complete guidelines, kit lists and classroom presentations for volunteers. Each activity is designed to touch on key STEM concepts and show how they relate to supply chain. The activities are easy to deliver and can be hosted through schools, clubs, organizations and community programs.

APICS Supply Chain STEM currently offers several distinct, age-appropriate programs, including:
• The Lemonade Career Day Activity for grades K-2
• The Lemonade Activity for grades K-5
• The Paper Airplane Activity for middle school students
• The LEGO Booth Activity for middle and high school students
• The Cell Phone Game for high school students.

To learn more about bringing APICS Supply Chain STEM to your community, volunteer or donate, visit

SCOR 12.0 in Development

The Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCOR) model is the world’s leading supply chain framework, combining business processes, performance metrics, practices and people skills into a unified structure. SCOR 12.0 is being developed by a committee of international supply chain practitioners. When completed later this year, the new edition will include updates to maturity models, best practices and terminology.

The recommendations made by the committee were validated by a SCOR job task analysis survey that was completed by more than 1,600 supply chain professionals. This survey confirmed that both the committee and other supply chain professionals observe the increasing importance of

  • sourcing and procurement processes for the SCOR framework
  • metadata, digitization, omnichannel and the supply chain maturity model
  • data analytics, data acquisition, data science and predictive analysis as staff skills related to organizational supply chain initiatives
  • continuing education and improvement of supply chain manager skills.
In addition, this year’s updates are heavily influenced by industry trends in advanced analytics; semantic supply chain; and integrated business planning, particularly in the context of sales and operations planning. APICS’s Special Focus Forums also are examining opportunities to make SCOR a machine-readable language that can be leveraged for cloud-based advanced analytics.

In preparation for the SCOR 12.0 launch later this year, APICS introduced an APICS for Business platform, which is available at To learn more about SCOR, visit

Save Big with CPIM Basics

The APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) program is being reconfigured to better serve the needs of the supply chain workforce by streamlining the preparation and exam process from five modules to two. Individuals wishing to obtain the CPIM designation can start their journeys now at a significant cost and time savings. The CPIM Basics exam is equivalent to the new CPIM Part 1 exam and counts toward certification with the reconfigured program. Taking the CPIM Basics before January 7, 2018, will save ASCM Members at least $585 on materials and exam fees compared with CPIM Part 1.

To take advantage of these savings, purchase your exam and course materials by August 31 at

Talent Management Tips from Beyond the Horizon 

As the “Supply Chain Management: Beyond the Horizon” research project between APICS and Michigan State University’s (MSU’s) Department of Supply Chain Management ends, data and insights continue to be evaluated and collected. Talent and leadership development is a key trend that has emerged as integral to strategic supply chain success. During researchers’ in-depth interviews with more than 50 firms around the world, the ability to acquire, develop, conserve and retain supply chain talent was a frequently cited challenge.

To address this challenge, MSU’s David Closs and Nick Little created the accompanying infographic. To see more research reports, visit

12 Tips for Talent and Leadership Development

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