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APICS Celebrates 60 Years

  • Abe Eshkenazi
September/October 2017

Back in 1957, a group of 20 production control managers in the U.S. Midwest gathered to form the American Production and Inventory Control Society. This is the humble beginning of the global supply chain management association you know today as APICS.

Through the hard work of these dedicated individuals, the organization established an administrative office within two years and expanded internationally into Canada within four years. In a decade, the group had expanded its reach into more countries; established a headquarters in Washington, D.C.; and started publishing the APICS Dictionary. Some of you might even remember some of these achievements.

As you know, the story doesn’t stop there. The following years brought with them the release of the APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) and APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional designations, the launch of APICS magazine and the association’s first website, the organization of student chapters, and a move to our current headquarters in Chicago.

As APICS has hit each of these milestones, it has never stopped evolving. We continue to bring our members new offerings that meet their professional needs. Just last year, APICS launched the Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution designation to help our members expand their knowledge and demonstrate mastery in these areas. And you can bet that APICS won’t stop evolving in the years to come. We’re currently in the process of launching the revised APICS CPIM program and updating the Supply Chain Operations Reference model to incorporate emerging drivers of supply chain success, including big data, omnichannel and automation.

Of course, none of this would be possible without the participation and support of you, our members. You all have been a part of advancing supply chain, logistics and operations management and have helped us make great strides to stay on the cutting edge of our profession. On behalf of APICS, I wholeheartedly thank you for your continued support and look forward to celebrating many more milestones with you. 

Commemorate and collaborate at APICS 2017

We’ll be kicking off a year-long celebration of our diamond anniversary at APICS 2017, which will take place October 15-17 in San Antonio. Members can visit a video booth to talk about some of their favorite APICS memories. Individuals who are unable to attend the conference can share their memories through our 60th anniversary Facebook page. We’ll also be starting a 12-month giving program, beginning with our new charitable partnership with Blessings in a Backpack. (See “APICS Update” for more information.)

In addition, conference attendees will learn from some inspiring leaders. John Mackey, cofounder and CEO of Whole Foods Market, will talk about conscious leadership and share insights about how leaders can engage their employees. Derreck Kayongo, CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and founder of the Global Soap Project, will share his story about how a seemingly small idea and a passion for helping others can improve the lives of millions of people around the world. (Read Senior Managing Editor Elizabeth Rennie’s interview with Kayongo, “From Soap to Hope: Simple solutions to complex problems.”)

We’ll also continue the recognition throughout the year, building up to our APICS 2018 homecoming conference in Chicago. Here’s to a year of looking back and many more years of looking forward to the evolution of supply chain management.

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