Learning paths


 Alignment to Demand

True demand chain integration requires not only the effective management of internal assets and processes, but also cultivating shared business goals with both upstream and downstream partners. Leaders in supply chain and operations management increasingly are recognizing the importance of finding new and better ways to capture and analyze current and future demand, evaluate supply, identify gaps, and address these gaps successfully.

Sessions in this learning path will explore how to ensure your company’s business needs are met—optimally and proactively—through 

  • lessons on automatic forecasting alternatives
  • an evaluation of consensus demand management
  • an in-depth case study from the automotive industry
  • and much more.

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 Enabling Technologies and Analytics

As more and more data become available, likewise grows the potential for intelligent analytics and solutions that can help today’s supply chain and operations management professional achieve significant business advances. However, in order to put this information to work, it’s necessary to know how to identify, measure, and balance a diverse set of approaches. In this way, professionals can provide valuable insights that technology alone cannot achieve. 

Attend presentations in this learning path to discover how to  

  • establish optimal inventory levels 
  • achieve supply chain analytical literacy fine-tune your organizational metrics 
  • drive sustainable business processes.

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 Foundations in Production and Inventory Management

The principles of production and inventory management encompass strategic planning, shop floor processes, stock control, the ability to make sound decisions about day-to-day operations, and so much more. These fundamentals are necessary for any supply chain and operations management professional who wants to skillfully manage the flow of materials throughout the supply chain.  

Attend presentations in this learning path to take advantage of expert instruction on 

  • sales and operations planning 
  • material flow and value stream analysis 
  • production and capacity planning and input and output control 
  • master scheduling and operations sequencing.

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 Integration Strategies Across the Supply Chain

The rise of globalization, technological advancements, escalating complexity, and decreasing time horizons all require supply chain and operations management professionals to understand how to execute superior supply chain strategy.  

Thriving and profitable business activities both inside and beyond organizational borders are major issues today—and the ability to perfect traditional product and process design efforts, as well as connections with customers and suppliers, is vital.  

This learning path will feature presentations on  

  • global strategic priorities 
  • supply chain transformations 
  • the speed of innovation 
  • managing the intricacy of boundaryless operations.

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 Optimizing Supply Chain and Operations Processes

Successful business processes require operational flexibility, a highly responsive supply chain, superior product quality, and excellent customer service. In addition, more and more industry professionals are recognizing the value of knowing how to design and implement effective processes encompassing supply and demand integration, manufacturing, fulfillment, order management, and sourcing.  

This learning path will help attendees achieve these key goals through sessions on  

  • supply chain rationalization 
  • network design 
  • business process modeling 
  • collaborative supply chain transformations 
  • and more.

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 Professional Skills Development

In order to compete and succeed in today’s workforce, it’s essential to constantly enhance and develop a diverse set of skills. Smart professionals regularly take the time to gain new competencies, learn how to make the most of the latest technologies, and significantly improve employability.  

Attend sessions in this learning path to discover how to take control of your career, hone interview skills, problem-solve more effectively, market yourself, build highly effective work teams, and more.  

Sessions will include lessons on  

  • project integration 
  • virtual teaming 
  • hiring 
  • change management.

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 Risk Management

Risk management continues to hold the attention of supply chain and operations management professionals as they aim to achieve that delicate balance between optimal efficiency and successful processes. Natural disasters, political and economic volatility, regulatory issues, new technologies, increasing globalization, and more cause disruptions that can significantly affect operations.

Sessions will explore 

  • inter-organizational risk coordination
  • the effects of volatility, interruptions, and interferences on the supply chain
  • how to become a more effective decision maker in our unpredictable marketplace.

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Bonus: Attend sessions in this learning path and the APICS Risk Management workshop October 12 to earn the APICS Risk Management certificate. Learn more.




 Sustainability

World-class organizations recognize that sustainability is about productivity, innovation, and boosting the bottom line—not just environmental stewardship or complying with regulations. The real value of green is achieved when companies focus on creativity, not compliance.

This learning path will explore how smart supply chain and operations management professionals identify key emerging issues and emulate the best practices of highly successful companies. Attendees will gain knowledge on aligning environmental policies with profit goals, often through real-world case studies.

Sessions will explore how to  

  • create lean, sustainable businesses
  • evaluate opportunities, risks, and challenges
  • implement sustainable supply chains around the world.

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Special topics at APICS 2012


 Principles of Operations Management

Gain an introduction to foundational topics in materials management, inventory control, planning, purchasing, and operations management. Participate in a special three-part program that will provide an overview of the APICS Principles of Operations Management series. These sessions are perfect for professionals that are new to the fields of supply chain and operations management, or for organizations considering offering the program to their employees.

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