Top Ten Tweets of the Week (Week #49 – 2011)

Hello again!  This past week, Americans solemnly reflected upon an infamous date in U.S. history: 7 December, 1941. It was on this date that Japanese forces attacked the American naval base at Pearl Harbor near Honolulu, Hawaii.  Over 2,400 lives were lost in the attack.  On 8 December 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Congress

CPIM: BSCM Practice Examination Questions

Hello everyone! Due to popular demand, we have included our next installment of BSCM practice questions.  A big thank you to our friends over at Professional Test Pro as these questions are similar in format to what is offered on their outstanding exam simulators.  Professional Test Pro offers exam simulators for all CPIM and CSCP

Top 10 Tweets of the Week (Week #48 – 2011)

Hello everyone! Below you will find our next installment of the Top 10 Tweets of the Week.  These are the “crème de la crème” of the APICS San Gabriel Valley twitter feed.  Enjoy! [blackbirdpie url=”!/TimALeanJourney/status/141562586406715392″] [blackbirdpie url=”!/HarvardBiz/status/142651752318111744″] [blackbirdpie url=”!/TheJimBowie/status/142378296917762048″] [blackbirdpie url=”!/KarenMartinOpEx/status/141931879652794368″] [blackbirdpie url=”!/jmiller_kaizen/status/142716269605556225″] [blackbirdpie url=”!/demingSoS/status/142755268063805440″] [blackbirdpie url=”!/ASUS/status/142402855398158336″] [blackbirdpie url=”!/Kevin_Meyer/status/142952352347987968″] [blackbirdpie url=”!/freakonomics/status/141958434345070592″] [blackbirdpie url=”!/ILMagazine/status/143041879716540416″]  

Top 10 Tweets of the Week (Week 45 – 2011)

Welcome to our inaugural installment of Tweets of the Week!  Given this past week we celebrated both Veterans Day as well as the USMC birthday (#236 Semper Fi!) there are a few tweets mixed in on those subjects.  The following ten tweets are the best of the best from my Twitter stream.  Enjoy! [blackbirdpie url=”!/USMC/status/134630053031059458″]

QR Codes: Relevance in the Supply Chain?

So, just what are QR codes and why are they so popular?  First, a little background.  QR stands for “quick response” and the technology was created in 1994 by Denso Corporation.  Denso is currently the largest automotive parts supplier for Toyota Motor Corp.  Toyota utilized QR codes to track vehicles as they moved through the

PDM Video: White Collar Lean – Kaizen Events for the Office

Hello Everyone! The below video is from a Professional Development Meeting (PDM) held on May 19th, 2011 at Domenico’s Italian Restaurant in Monrovia, CA.  The PDM was a joint collaboration between APICS San Gabriel Valley and ASQ San Gabriel Valley.  Mike Osterling, Lean expert and co-author of “The Kaizen Event Planner” was the guest speaker

BSCM Sample Questions (July 2011)

Hello Everyone! Below is a list of five sample questions similar to what you may find on the APICS CPIM Basics of Supply Chain Management (BSCM) examination.  Please feel free to give them a try and check your score!  We will try to post up sample questions on a monthly basis for all CPIM modules

Lean Principles: Definition and Origination

What is Lean?  At its core, it essentially means doing more with less.  Formally speaking (and according to APICS of course), Lean is a systematic approach to identifying and eliminating waste (i.e. muda) via continuous improvement (i.e. kaizen) for the purposes of reducing cost and increasing customer value.  The origination of Lean concepts can be traced

Item Numbers: Meaningful and Nonmeaningful

According to APICS, an item number is “a number that serves to uniquely identify an item.”  Every raw material, component, WIP and finished good must be assigned an item number for ease of identification, traceability, countability and costing.  There are generally two types of item numbers:  Meaningful and Nonmeaningful. Meaningful item numbers provide the following advantages to

Importance of Strategic Sourcing

APICS defines strategic sourcing as “a comprehensive approach for locating and sourcing key material suppliers, which often includes the business process of analyzing total-spend-for-material spend categories.”  A firm that possesses high competency in this area gives it a distinct advantage over the competition.  According to a recent study conducted by the Aberdeen Group1, Best-in-Class companies ranked their top