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Sales and Operations Processes: Ignore at Your Own Risk…

Excerpt of case study: The Sales and Operations process is not well understood in many companies. The information collected by the Sales department is often inaccurate and incomplete, because, unfortunately, forecasting and gathering data is not the first priority of a sales department, but rather… Read full case study.

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Training Success Stories

Here are some recent success stories from manufacturers that have trained their staff on APICS courses. President of fitness equipment manufacturer: Due to our expanded growth in the e-commerce area, we find ourselves in the enviable position of having over 200% growth over the past 6 months. We now handle Walmart.com for all of the

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APICS Courses Start January 2016

APICS classes start in January 2016. APICS Course Offerings Basics of Supply Chain Management Basics of Supply Chain Management is the first course in the CPIM lineup. Students learn: How to manage the complete flow of materials in the supply chain from suppliers to customers The “ins and outs” of the manufacturing, distribution, service, and

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PDM Tour of Major Fulfillment Warehouse on Monday, October 5, 2015

The major PDM tour that we have been promising to our APICS clients, and that we have been negotiating for the past six months, is now a reality. Please join us on Monday, October 5, 2015, for a tour of a major fulfillment warehouse. We are not at liberty to divulge the organization by name,

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

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