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BSCM and MPR start in June. See our Calendar of Events.

What is APICS CPIM?

The APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) program provides you with the ability to understand and evaluate your organization's production and inventory activities. CPIM education is essential if you are involved in: production and inventory management, operations, supply chain management, procurement, materials management or purchasing.

What is Basics of Supply Chain Management?

Basics of Supply Chain Management (BSCM) covers basic concepts in managing the complete flow of materials in a supply chain. In Basics you get a complete overview of material flow, from internal and external suppliers, to and from your organization.

PDM Video: Root Cause Analysis

Hello Everyone! Samuel Obara‘s video presentation titled “Root Cause Analysis” from our June 22, 2011 PDM is now available to view below!  Presenter Samuel Obara is an advisor at Honsha and has over 20 years of Toyota Production System (TPS) experience.  As always, we encourage everyone to attend since part of the whole PDM experience

Interested in a CPIM?

The answer is yes to all of you reading this post. We currently have classes Monday and Tuesday evenings at Domenico’s Italian Restaurant in Monrovia. If you are interested in seeing what a class is like, the instructors, the presentation, the sharing of ideas during class drop me a line and I will arrange for

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

APICS SGV PDM: Root Cause Analysis

APICS San Gabriel Valley, in collaboration with ASQ San Gabriel Valley, are excited to announce that TPS guru Samuel Obara will be conducting a presentation on the topic of Root Cause Analysis on Wednesday 6/22/11 from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm.  Dinner begins at 5:00 pm and is included with the admission fee: $20 – General Public

2010 APICS Examination Pass/Fail Rates

Hello everyone! Our students often ask us what the pass/fail rates are for the APICS CPIM and CSCP certifications. Some may view that this knowledge may psyche them out when taking the exams; others may find this information valuable for use in their exam preparation. I am of the latter opinion; I believe that this