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Happy New Year from the APICS e-News Team

By APICS Staff | 13 | 1 | January 01, 2013

In 2012, the staff at APICS e-News was dedicated to bringing you the latest and most relevant industry news, insights, and developments in supply chain and operations management. Thank you for your readership, and we look forward to bringing you more of the stories that matter to you in your careers in 2013.

Enhancing Supplier Relationships with Risk Management 

How mature is the field of supply chain risk management? Nearly 50 percent of organizations have been engaging in the practice for five years or less, according to the 2012 APICS supply chain risk survey. The detailed results of that survey were published in the APICS 2012 Supply Chain Risk Insights and Innovations report, which is available for free exclusively to APICS members. Nonmembers still can access the report’s executive summary.

Only 28 percent of respondents say that supply chain risk management activities align with lean performance at their organizations. Instead, the report reveals the most substantial benefits for improving supply chain resilience come from enhancing partner relationships and improving supply chain risk mapping.

Download and read the risk report and the other 2012 APICS research initiatives, on topics ranging from big data to sales and operations planning, as well as the accompanying APICS folios, atapics.org/research.

Consumer Goods Going Greener

Beer, computers, and laundry detergents. What do these very different types of items have in common? They are all consumer goods that leading companies have targeted in their efforts to make more sustainable products, Marco Ugarte, PhD, CPIM, CSCP, writes in the November/December 2012 APICS magazine article, “The Greening of Consumer Goods.”

For example, modern personal computers are designed to meet Energy Star standards, which  improve energy efficiency while reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions but remain cost-efficient. “In 2011, Energy Star-qualified products prevented 210 million metric tons of GHG emissions (equivalent to the annual emissions of 41 million vehicles) while reducing utility bills by $23 billion,” Ugarte writes. Meanwhile, laundry detergents have become more effective in recent years by introducing the ability to be used in cold water. 

You may read Ugarte’s entire article for free, as well as selected articles from the most recent edition of APICS magazine at apics.org/magazine. There, APICS members also may view the entire, dynamic version of the November/December issue or download a PDF. And be sure to keep an eye on your mailbox for the January/February 2013 issue of the magazine, which features the ever-changing roles and career opportunities for supply chain and operations management professionals, product life cycle best practices, and more.

Revealing Supply Chain Truths with Social Media

What metrics are key when evaluating a purchasing department? What are some strategies for when taking an APICS certification exam for the first time? What’s the best way to make use of vendor-managed inventory? When does a certification become active after passing the exam?

These are all questions that have been asked__and answered__by APICS members and affiliates on APICS social media sites, including Twitter, LinkedIn, and the APICS Supply Chain Channel. Anyone can join these sites, but many discussion areas on the Supply Chain Channel are for APICS members only. 

APICS social media is one of the best ways to keep up with the latest APICS news, events, webinars, and supply chain and operations management career information. Additionally, APICS staff keep an eye on these accounts and are glad to respond when you have a question about APICS resources.

As for key metrics in purchasing, as APICS member Denise Hansen, CPIM, CSCP, responded on LinkedIn, “The only [key performance indicators] customers are interested in are: Did we get what we ordered delivered when we wanted it, at the price we agreed on, and of a quality level we can accept?”

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APICS Asia Supply Chain & Operations 2013
April 4–5, 2013 | Mumbai, India

Best of the Best S&OP Conference Europe
May 16–17, 2013 | London, England

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June 13–14, 2013 | Chicago, Illinois, USA

2013 APICS International Conference & Expo
September 29–October 1, 2013 | Orlando, Florida, USA

Upcoming APICS seminars and workshops

Learn more about the APICS seminars.

Supply Chain Risk Management Seminar Chicago: Identify, Assess, Mitigate, and Manage Risk
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 | 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Supply Chain Risk Management Seminar Orlando: Identify, Assess, Mitigate, and Manage Risk
Friday, September 27, 2013 | 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. ET

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