APICS Inland Empire Adds Shipping Expert to Tech Panel

 

APICS Inland Empire Adds Shipping Expert to Tech Panel
November 4, 2017 Symposium to Focus on Technology Impact on Supply Chain

CLAREMONT, CA – October 25, 2017 APICS Inland Empire Chapter (APICS-IE), the leading association for supply chain and operations professionals, announces the addition of Thomas Jelenić, Vice President of Pacific Merchant Shipping Association to its Expert Panel that will discuss their experiences in “Leveraging Technologies for Supply Chain Success”.

“Whether importing finished goods or manufacturing and/or assembling parts locally, technologies are evolving to make the supply chain more efficient” notes Lisa Anderson, APICS-IE Chapter Leader and President of LMA Consulting Group. From autonomous forklifts to identifying the contents of a specific shipping container, technology is improving the efficiencies and information along the supply chain. “The advances are making information more accessible and suppliers more efficient. Yet, sometimes the information becomes overwhelming. We are looking forward to a good discussion and hearing first-hand experiences about using technology to leverage the supply chain” she concluded.

Mr. Jelenić will join panelists:Terrie Dean, Director, ISCM Compliance Technology at The Walt Disney Company, Craig Young, Vice President of Operations at Tropicale Foods, Inc. and Prof Stephen Ritchie, Professor, Civil Engineering, University of California, Irvine

The symposium attracts supply chain professionals from various aspects of the supply chain: systems, process, procurement, production and others. Platinum sponsor, Reveel, addresses the transportation aspect of the supply chain. “Once the goods are ready, it’s all about getting them to the right place at the right time. With today’s complex and congested road, rail and sky ways, it takes intelligence and analytics to do it efficiently” commented Vice President, Keith Durna. Transportation has become more than simply getting goods from point A to point B. “The need for intelligence to drive analytics has led to the transparency that leveled the transportation playing field. This has been a great benefit in addressing customer requirements for just in time supply” he said.

The APICS-IE Fall Symposium: “Leveraging Technologies for Supply Chain Success” will be held Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 8:00-11:30 AM at the Eagle Glen Golf Club in Corona. Fees to attend are $15 for members, $25 for non-members and students are free. A breakfast buffet is included. Register online at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eejzcmlh6e2c67f6&llr=pd7pgykab

 

About APICS
APICS is the leading professional association for supply chain and operations management and the premier provider of research, education and certification programs that elevate end-to-end supply chain excellence, innovation and resilience. APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) and APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) designations set the industry standard. With over 37,000 members and more than 250 international partners, APICS is transforming the way people do business, drive growth and reach global customers.

About APICS – Inland Empire
The APICS Inland Empire Chapter (APICS-IE) covers the Inland Empire region of Southern California, which spans the easternmost portion of Los Angeles county and includes San Bernardino and Riverside counties. The chapter offers educational classes, programs and special events in the hotbeds of manufacturing and distribution activity including Ontario, Riverside and Temecula. APICS-IE partners with other organizations supporting manufacturing and distribution such as the DMA (Distribution Management Association), neighboring APICS chapters, industry leaders and government officials in support of furthering the region’s workforce development and growth






APICS Inland Empire Announces Panel for November 4 Fall Symposium

APICS Inland Empire Announces Panel for November 4 Fall Symposium

Panel Addresses Technology for Supply Chain Success   

CLAREMONT, CA – October 19, 2017  APICS Inland Empire Chapter (APICS-IE), the leading association for supply chain and operations professionals, is proud to announce the Expert Panel assembled for the November 4, 2017 Symposium: “Leveraging Technologies for Supply Chain Success”.

 “Technology affects all aspects of the Supply Chain from the movement and tracking of raw materials to forecasting and scheduling and the jaw-dropping autonomy of machines and transportation” notes Lisa Anderson, APICS-IE Chapter Leader and President of LMA Consulting Group. The topic is broad and far-reaching.  “Various technologies are experienced and leveraged within the supply chain.  We are thrilled to have such an experienced panel of supply chain professionals who will share their experiences and discuss the technological innovations and practices that will dominate and impact the end-to-end Global Supply Chain in the near future” she concluded.

Panelists include:

  • Terrie Dean, Director, ISCM Compliance Technology at The Walt Disney Company
  • Craig Young, Vice President of Operations at Tropicale Foods, Inc.
  • Stephen Ritchie, Professor, Civil Engineering, University of California, Irvine

The symposium attracts industry professionals from throughout the Inland Empire and Southern California and is supported in large part by sponsors that benefit from and support supply chain professionals.  This year’s sponsors include: Arbela Technologies (Arbela), The Manufacturing Executive Institute and Reveel.  “We are delighted to support the APICS-Inland Empire chapter. Professionals experience the effects of digital transformation everyday” commented Nima Bakhtiary, President of Platinum Sponsor, Arbela, a global consulting and software solutions provider for the manufacturing and distribution industries. “The Internet of Things (IoT) and machine learning have taken monitoring and predictive capabilities to a new level. We see these solutions being used across the supply chain from forecasting and manufacturing for efficiencies to sales and marketing for predicting consumer behavior. This is will continue to evolve” concluded Bakhtiary.

The APICS-IE Fall Symposium: “Leveraging Technologies for Supply Chain Success” will be held Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 8:00-11:30 AM at the Eagle Glen Golf Club in Corona. Fees to attend are $15 for members, $25 for non-members and students are free. A breakfast buffet is included. Register online at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eejzcmlh6e2c67f6&llr=pd7pgykab

About APICS

APICS is the leading professional association for supply chain and operations management and the premier provider of research, education and certification programs that elevate end-to-end supply chain excellence, innovation and resilience. APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) and APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) designations set the industry standard. With over 37,000 members and more than 250 international partners, APICS is transforming the way people do business, drive growth and reach global customers.

About APICS – Inland Empire

The APICS Inland Empire Chapter (APICS-IE) covers the Inland Empire region of Southern California, which spans the easternmost portion of Los Angeles county and includes San Bernardino and Riverside counties.  The chapter offers educational classes, programs and special events in the hotbeds of manufacturing and distribution activity including Ontario, Riverside and Temecula.  APICS-IE partners with other organizations supporting manufacturing and distribution such as the DMA (Distribution Management Association), neighboring APICS chapters, industry leaders and government officials in support of furthering the region’s workforce development and growth






APICS Inland Empire Announces Fall Symposium on November 4

APICS Inland Empire Announces Fall Symposium on November 4

“Leveraging Technology for Supply Chain Success” Offers Practical Insights 

CLAREMONT, CA – October 13, 2017  APICS Inland Empire Chapter (APICS-IE), the leading association for supply chain and operations professionals, is proud to announce the Fall 2017 Networking Symposium and Expert Panel focusing on: “Leveraging Technologies for Supply Chain Success”. The event will be held on November 4, 2017 in Corona, California.

 This event marks the fifth year that APICS-IE convenes a Fall conference and expert panel to share insights on global supply chain trends and strategies. In addition to insightful take-aways, engaging dialog and collegial networking, APICS-IE serves as a resource for supply chain professionals seeking certifications and industry connections. 

“As the Amazon Effect and the Internet of Things have become day-to-day conversations and challenges for the supply chain, we wanted to show how leveraging technology can be a huge opportunity” comments Lisa Anderson, APICS-IE Chapter Leader and President of LMA Consulting Group. The topic allows for a deep dive into current uses of technology as a main driver in managing the supply chain and its effect on future business processes in the end-to-end supply chain. “It’s important to share experiences and best practices among professionals.  It’s really about sharing for the greater good” she concluded.

The symposium attracts industry professionals from throughout the Inland Empire and Southern California and is supported in large part by sponsors that benefit from and support supply chain professionals.  This year’s sponsors include:  The Manufacturing Executive Institute, Arbela and Reveel.  “The APICS Inland Empire chapter is an important resource for manufacturing executives” comments, Maggie Watson, spokesperson for Platinum Sponsor, The Manufacturing Executive Institute.  “Supporting development for professionals who focus on the heartbeat of a manufacturer – the supply chain – is key to a growing organization.  APICS-IE does just that” she concluded.

The APICS-IE Fall Symposium: “Leveraging Technologies for Supply Chain Success” will be held Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 8:00-11:30 AM at the Eagle Glen Golf Club in Corona. Fees to attend are $15 for members, $25 for non-members and students are free. A breakfast buffet is included. Register online at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eejzcmlh6e2c67f6&llr=pd7pgykab

About APICS 
APICS is the leading professional association for supply chain and operations management and the premier provider of research, education and certification programs that elevate end-to-end supply chain excellence, innovation and resilience. APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) and APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) designations set the industry standard. With over 37,000 members and more than 250 international partners, APICS is transforming the way people do business, drive growth and reach global customers.

About APICS – Inland Empire
The APICS Inland Empire Chapter (APICS-IE) covers the Inland Empire region of Southern California, which spans the easternmost portion of Los Angeles county and includes San Bernardino and Riverside counties.  The chapter offers educational classes, programs and special events in the hotbeds of manufacturing and distribution activity including Ontario, Riverside and Temecula.  APICS-IE partners with other organizations supporting manufacturing and distribution such as the DMA (Distribution Management Association), neighboring APICS chapters, industry leaders and government officials in support of furthering the region’s workforce development and growth.






LMA Consulting Announces 2017 Advocate Award

CLAREMONT, CALIFORNIA – August 30, 2017 – Supply chain professional and manager, Parizad Sethna, has been awarded the LMA Consulting 2017 Advocate Award. LMA Consulting Group, a well-known leader in Supply Chain innovation and transformation recognizes that collegial collaboration is key to continued growth and the success of an industry that “connects the dots” between raw materials and the end user.

Each year, LMA Consulting awards the LMA Leadership Award to an individual who has contributed to the success of the firm. LMA President, Lisa Anderson, MBA, CSCP, CLTD believes in continuing education for growth. She is actively involved and chapter leader in APICS-Inland Empire, the leading association for supply chain and operations management. “I am honored to receive the LMA Advocate Award” commented Ms. Sethna. “Working with Lisa Anderson has been extremely rewarding as she has steered APICS Inland Empire and the LMA Consulting Group to national and regional prominence over the years – always trying to raise the bar, constantly looking for innovation and improvement” said Ms. Sethna.

Ms. Sethna has been instrumental in the success of APICS-Inland Empire and increasing value to the members through her efforts in supporting Ms. Anderson. “The Inland Empire chapter of APICS brings value to members through events that showcase industry thought-leaders, courses that enhance the skillsets and provides accreditations to industry professionals and a collaborative network of knowledgeable professionals for support. And, that takes a lot of effort” commented Ms. Anderson. Ms. Sethna’s active involvement as a Board Member and in planning the quality, well-attended semi-annual Summit events has resulted in solid membership and positioned the Chapter as a leader within the APICS network.

“Parizad takes a continuous improvement approach to each project. Her creativity and innovation helps us improve our events year over year, attracting a high level of member participation. While I see the results as the group leader, I’m also seeing the benefit to my practice. I learned a long time ago that everyone has something to contribute. Parizad certainly takes that to a new level with her organization and communication skills, to name a few. She has become a great collegial resource for my practice” Ms. Anderson concluded.

About LMA Consulting Group – Lisa Anderson, MBA, CSCP, CLTD
Lisa Anderson is the founder and president of LMA Consulting Group, Inc., a consulting firm that helps manufacturers and distribution organizations innovate, elevate and transform their end-to-end supply chain to align with customer demand. Ms. Anderson has been named a Top 50 ERP Influencer by Washington-Frank and ranked in the top 46 most influential in Supply Chain by SAP. She recently published, I’ve Been Thinking, an inspiring collection of 101 strategies for creating bold customer promises and profits. She is a regular content contributor on topics including supply chain, ERP and SIOP and is regularly interviewed and quoted by publications such as Industry Week, tED magazine and the Wall Street Journal. For more information, to sign up for her Profit Through PeopleTM Newsletter or
for a copy of her book, visit LMA-ConsultingGroup.com.

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APICS Inland Empire Recognizes Contributions and Volunteerism

The Spring Executive Panel & Networking Symposium focused on identifying potential supply chain threats and disruptions sharing with attendees from supply chain, manufacturing, logistics and distribution how to proactively deal with these pivotal changes.

CLAREMONT, Calif., June 8, 2017 — The Inland Empire Chapter of APICS,  the leading association for supply chain and operations professionals, challenged attendees to raise the bar and proactively strategize on how to prepare for and react to disruptive innovations in logistics with its expert panel presentation and discussion at its Spring Executive Panel & Networking Symposium: Disruptive Innovations in Logistics held May 6 in Corona, Calif. In addition to expert presentations, stimulating dialog and industry networking, the APICS-IE chapter also recognized individuals and companies for their contributions to the association and improving the members’ value and knowledge base. Eight awards were given in appreciation of outstanding leadership and partnership – outstanding board leaders, Kate Loin Baron and Helen Arambulo; outstanding instructor, Kevin Manning, outstanding business leader advocates, CJ Nord and Kash Gokli; outstanding partners, Classic Elegance Video, Photo & Media Transfers and CMS Circuit Solutions and outstanding association partner, Distribution Management Association.

“This year’s Symposium challenged our attendees to think strategically about the end-to-end supply chain and disruptive innovations that are coming down the pike,” says Lisa Anderson, President of APICS-IE and LMA Consulting Group.  “I was also very pleased to recognize those who have contributed greatly to APICS-IE’s success in providing value to the manufacturing, distribution and transportation communities. These events are packed with value for students, professionals and executives and require a lot of pre-planning, organization and coordination to pull off successfully, and we could not have done this without our board and volunteers.”

Award recipients pay it forward helping area companies stay current and gain access to education and resources to improve business performance and career success through all the outreach services APICS-IE provides. Susan Brunasso of Classic Elegance Video, Photo & Media Transfers is a familiar face photographing and videoing other faces at all of the APICS-IE events.  “Capturing and preserving, both enlightening and informative events has been an awesome educational privilege,” explains Brunasso. “It has been an educational and informative privileged to be of service to APICS-IE for over ten years.”

Manufacturing students are always well-represented at APICS-IE chapter meetings and events thanks to Kash Gokli, Professor of Manufacturing Practice at Harvey Mudd College. “I am honored to be associated with this vibrant APICS IE chapter,” says Gokli. “They have given to me so many opportunities to contribute, network, and learn. My students have benefited in so many ways including participating in the Student Case Competition.”

Cheryle L.  Steddom, CPA, CFO and owner of CMS Circuit Solutions adds, “The APICS-IE chapter continually provides our company, and its employees, with education and information that is not only current but relevant to our business and business partners.  We are a better company because of our association with you.”

Fellow board members Helen Arambulo and Kate Loin-Barron feel they get more from their involvement with APICS-IE than what they put in. “I really like that I can continually learn and improve myself while helping others through the APICS-IE chapter,” explains Arambulo. 

“I also feel gratitude for all the sharing and elevating of our profession with events like the Symposium, ongoing education and tours,” says Loin-Barron. “We also help students learn the business by involving them in the same activities chapter members enjoy.”

Kevin Manning, APICS-IE Director and Supply Chain Category Manager for Southern California Edison states, “I am honored to be recognized as the outstanding instructor. Being an APICS instructor has allowed me to meet so many wonderful people, and it is very rewarding to be able to teach others valuable skillsets such as CPIM. I would like to thank my mentors Phil Elhai and Sue Franks and all the people who helped me become an effective instructor, thank you!” 

California Faucets’ Supply Chain Manager and former president of ISM-LA C.J. Nord also appreciates this high performing chapter, stating, “The dedication that the APICS IE team shows to our profession is inspiring. ISM is honored to partner with APICS in our common mission to educate supply management professionals because a well-run supply chain supports job creation, and that translates to the financial well-being of families.”

APICS-IE president Lisa Anderson concludes, “A BIG thank you to all of our award winners for their dedication and contributions to our APICS-IE’s success.  Each of these award winners are epitomized with the words leadership, partnership, collaboration and value!”

The APICS-IE Fall Symposium: Trending Technologies for Manufacturing & Distribution Success will be held Saturday, November 4, 2017  at the Eagle Glen Golf Club in Corona, Calif. Fees to attend the event from 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM are $15 for members, $25 for non-members and students are free. Breakfast buffet is included.

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About APICS

APICS is the leading professional association for supply chain and operations management and the premier provider of research, education and certification programs that elevate end-to-end supply chain excellence, innovation and resilience. APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) and APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) designations set the industry standard. With over 37,000 members and more than 250 international partners, APICS is transforming the way people do business, drive growth and reach global customers.

The Inland Empire Chapter covers the inland empire region of Southern California, which spans the easternmost portion of Los Angeles county in addition to San Bernardino and Riverside counties.  The chapter offers educational classes, programs and special events in the hotbeds of manufacturing and distribution activity including Ontario, Riverside, and Temecula.  APICS Inland Empire partners with other organizations supporting manufacturing and distribution such as the DMA (Distribution Management Association), neighboring APICS chapters, industry leaders and government officials in support of furthering the region’s workforce development and growth.






APICS-IE Symposium Panel to Discuss Disruptive Innovations in Logistics May 6

The Inland Empire Chapter of APICS,  the leading association for supply chain and operations professionals, will be hosting a meeting on global supply chain trends and strategies at its Disruptive Innovations in Logistics Spring Executive Panel & Networking Symposium on May 6 in Corona, Calif. Expert panelists including Dr. Genevieve Giuliano, Director of the METRANS, Mark Hirzel, Customs Broker for A.N. Deringer, Inc., Lupe Valdez, Director of Public Affairs for Union Pacific Railroad, Heidi Chance, Division Manager at Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, and Steve Finley, Owner at Re-Transportation, Inc.  Experts on the panel will share with attendees what they see as the future supply chain disruptions and innovations and how they should prepare for these pivotal changes. Attendees are encouraged to network and benchmark with area companies and build contacts within the manufacturing and distribution community to help them build their careers.

“We have a perfect intersection of panel expertise and the support of our sponsors to truly deliver an exceptional symposium to our APICS-IE members and guests,” says Lisa Anderson, President of APICS-IE and LMA Consulting Group.  “We are fortunate to have a community of top notch professionals, including speakers, sponsors and members, committed to helping attendees gain value so that they walk away with strategies and innovative ideas to lead their companies and functions, provide valuable input on key initiatives and develop their personal careers.  Gaining a competitive edge in the global supply chain requires a team approach!”

Sponsors this year include Arbela Technologies, Manufacturing Executive Institute and Compete Consulting Group. Event supporters provide additional value to attendees serving as a resource and advocates of this symposium’s focus on ‘Disruptive Innovations in Global Supply Chain’.  Compete Consulting Group values the community of experts and resources that the Symposium will bring together to help manufacturers and distributors stay on top of disruptive innovations.  “Like APICS-IE does for its membership by providing value-add programming and resources, our business is to help our clients better navigate changes with Fed Ex and UPS such as the recent rate hikes related to dimensional weight and the impact of the Amazon Effect which we address by ensuring our clients have the best rate structures and shipping intelligence capabilities in place,” notes Keith Durna, Vice President of Compete Consulting.

 

“Market and customer exposure to better services and innovative ideas by market leaders like Amazon is driving digitization of the supply chain processes by smaller distributors.  Meeting these expectations require analysis and predicting customer behavior, sales and marketing trends, and all the way to the effectiveness of the operations,” said Nima Bakhtiary, president and CEO of Arbela Technologies. “As part of the APICS-IE Symposium, we look forward to connecting with top supply chain professionals and talking about how end-to-end Solutions like Microsoft Dynamics 365 and disruptive innovations like predictive analysis can help manufacturers and distributors better address their customers’ demands.”

The APICS-IE Executive Panel & Networking Symposiums draws attendees from all over Southern California. Held twice yearly, platinum sponsor Manufacturing Executive Institute actively promotes attendance at the Symposium. “We support APICS-IE in providing opportunities for our members to learn from experts on topics like global growth and supply chain,” states Maggie Watson, Manufacturing Executive Institute.  “We are proud to sponsor APICS-IE as we offer complimentary executive training programs and are dedicated to bringing relevant knowledge to individuals who are interested in making dramatic improvements in their manufacturing and distribution companies.”

The APICS-IE Spring Symposium: Disruptive Innovations in Logistics will be held Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the Eagle Glen Golf Club in Corona, Calif. Fees to attend the event from 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM are $20 for members, $25 for non-members and students are free. Breakfast buffet is included. Register online or cut and paste this link into your browser: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07edo6z6ik0657ae8c&oseq=&c=&ch=

 






Expert Panelists to Discuss Disruptive Innovations in Logistics

APICS Inland Empire Spring Symposium Panel to Discuss Disruptive Innovations in Logistics

The Inland Empire Chapter of APICS,  the leading association for supply chain and operations professionals, will be hosting a meeting on global supply chain trends and strategies at its Disruptive Innovations in Logistics Spring Executive Panel & Networking Symposium on May 6 in Corona, Calif. Expert panelists including Dr. Genevieve Giuliano, Director of the METRANS, Mark Hirzel, Customs Broker for A.N. Deringer, Inc., Lupe Valdez, Director of Public Affairs for Union Pacific Railroad, Heidi Chance, Division Manager at Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA and Steven C. Finley, Vice President of Re-Transportation at Kuehne + Nagel Co. Attendees will gain insight into which logistical changes matter most and how to prepare the supply chain for these advancements. In addition to a focused conversation on innovations and the future of Logistics, attendees will have time to network and benchmark with area companies and build contacts within the manufacturing and distribution community to help them build their careers.

 

“We have an amazing panel of experts to help our attendees meet the challenges of disruptive change,” says Lisa Anderson, President of APICS-IE and LMA Consulting Group.  “With their leadership and insights, manufacturing and logistics professionals will be able to anticipate and plan for the innovations they need to stay competitive and relevant in the future!”

Sponsors this year include Arbela Technologies, Brandman University, Manufacturing Executive Institute, and Complete Consulting Group.  The APICS-IE Spring Symposium: Disruptive Innovations in Logistics will be held Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the Eagle Glen Golf Club in Corona, Calif. Fees to attend the event from 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM are $20 for members, $25 for non-members and students are free. Breakfast buffet is included. Learn more and register online or cut and paste this link into your browser: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07edo6z6ik0657ae8c&oseq=&c=&ch=






Harvey Mudd College Wins Top Spot at APICS West Coast Student Case Competition

Harvey Mudd College Wins APICS West Coast Student Case Competition, Moves on to National Competition

The APICS Southwest District recently hosted 23 teams in San Diego from the Western United States, Hong Kong and Mexico in a student case competition to solve computer-simulated supply chain problems, provide analysis and present their recommendations. Undergraduate team Harvey Mudd College won the top spot representing the Southwest District in the national competition in San Antonio, Texas. These simulations challenged students, most with backgrounds in operations management, supply chain management, business management, industrial engineering, or MBA students, to create solutions to the problems posed and provide the rationale for their recommendations. Their work cumulated into judged presentations explaining their strategies and proposed outcomes.

“I am always impressed with how well the students perform, and this year was no exception – in fact, they raise the bar higher every year,” explains APICS West Coast Student Case Competition co-chair Lisa Anderson of LMA Consulting Group, Inc. “This is such an excellent opportunity for students to showcase their supply chain and business management problem-solving talents and presentation skills to their peers, professors and potential employers. I am especially thrilled because Harvey Mudd is an APICS Inland Empire Chapter student team.”

Winning team member Katherine Shim of Harvey Mudd College was thrilled with the outcome, stating, “It was exciting to see the theories we learned at school working. It was a great opportunity to experience the power of teamwork and the effectiveness of a rigorous technical approach. Harvey Mudd College educates their students to become creative problem solvers who also effectively communicate with others as leaders.”

As in previous years, there were two separate divisions – a Graduate and an Undergraduate division. Ten teams competed in the graduate division, and 13 teams in the Undergraduate division. Arizona State University took first and second place in the Graduate division.  Undergraduate division winner was Harvey Mudd College with second place awarded to San Diego State University. Harvey Mudd College received the highest overall score and will be invited to compete at a case competition at the APICS International Conference & Expo in San Antonio, TX in October, representing the Southwest District.

“The opportunity to apply supply chain principles has helped me achieve a deeper understanding and gain confidence in my skills,” shared Harvey Mudd student Joe Sinopoli. “I appreciate the resources that APICS provided to help us prepare. The environment of the competition was collegial, welcoming, and wonderful for networking. The shared knowledge and opportunity to hear ideas from students at other institutions has benefited my education.”

Saagar Anand, of Arizona State University, felt the competition provided valuable practical experience. “The simulation called for a deep understanding of what it takes to make a business profitable. We focused on getting to the root cause of the problem and used data analytics to make our decisions. The competition was one of the best I have attended as it simulated a real-world business situation by making us present to the Board of Directors. We had to explain the decisions we made and answer questions. It also fostered a good learning environment as one could see what other teams had done differently.”

Fellow ASU student, Moose Fritz, agreed, saying “The APICS West Coast student case competition was a tremendous experience which built upon the traditional analytical requirements of a simulation competition, demanding both teamwork and communication skills. This holistic learning system, combined with the chance to meet and network with professionals in the field, made this one of the most valuable experiences I have had at any level of education.”

Judging was provided by APICS professionals with extensive experience in supply chain and operations management with 50 percent of the final score focused on the return on investment results from their computer-simulated exercise and the other 50 percent graded on presentation effectiveness.

“Student case competition is about leadership, decision making, strategic thinking and communication. What a great experience for the students!” Prof. Kash Gokli, Professor of Manufacturing Practice at Harvey Mudd College.

The annual competition provides students with experience working as a team to solve supply chain issues that take place in companies today. Participants are able to showcase their talent for fellow students, professors and future employers. The event was coordinated and chaired by the APICS Southwest District Student Case Competitor Chairs APICS-IE and LMA Consulting Group president, Lisa Anderson and The ACA Group’s Ellen Kane.

For more information on the competition, visit the APICS Southwest District Website.






Fall Symposium Focuses on Navigating and Managing

APICS Inland Empire Symposium Sets Stage for Global Supply Chain Strategies, Compliance, and Sourcing Decisions

The October 29 Fall Executive Panel & Networking Symposium will focus on managing and navigating Global Supply Chains giving manufacturing and logistics attendees access to an expert panel with international law, global supply chain and manufacturing and international trade experience.

The Inland Empire Chapter of APICS,  the leading association for supply chain and operations professionals, will be delivering an international-focused meeting on global supply chain trends and strategies at its Navigating Global Supply Chain Fall Executive Panel & Networking Symposium on October 29  in Corona, Calif. Expert panelists including international business attorney John Tulac, Josie Vigil, Director of Supply Chain Operations for B. Braun Medical Inc., Pooya Kabirir, Vice President of Engineering & Operations at Combustion Associates, Inc., Elizabeth Warren, Executive Director for FuturePorts, and Luke Haylock, Global Director of New Product Development for Alcoa. The panelists will discuss global trade, the evolving requirements and regulations and how to balance customer needs, cost, cash flow and compliance. Attendees will walk away with a better understanding of global supply chain strategic thinking, global disruptors and how to best manage these impacts in the manufacturing and distribution of products. In addition to a focused conversation on global supply chain, attendees will have time to network and benchmark with area companies and build contacts within the manufacturing and distribution community to also help them build their career.

“We’ve assembled a panel that touches on all of the strategic, compliance and operational aspects of a global supply chain,” says Lisa Anderson, President of APICS-IE and LMA Consulting Group.  “We are fortunate to have a community of professionals, including speakers, sponsors and members, committed to helping attendees gain value so that they walk away with strategies and new concepts to lead their companies and functions, provide valuable input on key initiatives and develop their personal careers.  Gaining a competitive edge in the global supply chain requires a team approach!”

Sponsors this year include Arbela Technologies, Brandman University, Manufacturing Executive Institute and Compete Consulting Group. Event supporters provide additional value to attendees serving as a resource and advocates of this symposium’s focus on the ‘Global Supply Chain’. Compete Consulting Group, a new sponsor of APICS-IE, values the community of experts and resources that the Symposium will bring together to help those considering or trying to make improvements to their logistics operations.  “Like APICS-IE does for its membership through the educational topics they present, it is our business to provide a new level of visibility and cost savings within the shipping industry,” notes Josh Dunham, Managing Partner of Complete Consulting.

With so many moving parts, it takes a virtual international village to support companies in navigating the global supply chain. “A global supply chain has so many connections and complexities that leveraging the right system to bring it all together is critical to the success of a business,” said Amir Khoshniyati of Arbela Technologies. “As part of the APICS-IE Symposium, we look forward to collaborating with attendees and hearing more about the secrets to success in navigating the supply chain.  We are proud to support APICS-IE in delivering such a value-packed program.”

The APICS-IE Executive Panel & Networking Symposiums draws attendees from all over Southern California. Held twice yearly, platinum sponsor Manufacturing Executive Institute actively promotes attendance at the Symposium. “We support APICS-IE in providing opportunities for our members to learn from experts on topics like global growth and supply chain,” states Maggie Watson, Manufacturing Executive Institute.  “We are proud to sponsor APICS-IE as we offer complimentary training programs and are dedicated to bringing relevant knowledge to individuals who are interested in making dramatic improvements in their manufacturing and distribution companies.”

Brandman University, a leading provider of undergraduate and graduate programs including those focused in supply chain management, is supportive of the APICS-IE programming and encourages students to attend. “Brandman University is proud to partner with APICS-Inland Empire to equip and empower this great community and region with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to have the finest supply chain professionals in the U.S.” says Nick Lacy, Director of National Relations.

The APICS-IE Fall Symposium: Navigating Global Supply Chain will be held Saturday, October 29, 2016 at the Eagle Glen Golf Club in Corona, Calif. Fees to attend the event from 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM are $15 for members, $25 for non-members and students are free. Breakfast buffet is included. Register online or cut and paste this link into your browser: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ed1rzbt5632f374f&llr=pd7pgykab.

 

 

 






Fall Symposium on October 29

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APICS Inland Empire Focuses on ‘Navigating the Global Supply Chain’ at Fall Symposium on October 29

The Fall Executive Panel & Networking Symposium tackles the pay-offs and perils of managing a worldwide supply chain giving attendees from manufacturers and logistics a chance to improve their strategy for managing a global supply chain. The Inland Empire Chapter of APICS,  the leading association for supply chain and operations professionals, will be presenting attendees with an expert panel focused on global supply chain trends and strategies at its Navigating Global Supply Chain Fall Executive Panel & Networking Symposium on October 29  in Corona, Calif. In addition to expert presentations, engaging dialog and industry networking, APICS-IE is an excellent resource for all supply chain professionals seeking education and improvement.

 

Supply Chain Professionals Think Bigger at Symposium

“We’re thinking big at this year’s Symposium and focusing our discussion on successfully navigating the global supply chain,” says Lisa Anderson, President of APICS-IE and LMA Consulting Group.  “We look forward to pushing the envelope in supply chain strategic thinking, global disruptors and how to best manage these impacts in the manufacturing and distribution of products. We’ve assembled a panel rich in international law, import and export, logistics, and global manufacturing and R&D experience to drill down into what we need to know to be successful globally.”

 

Experts Share on Managing Global Supply Chain

Expert panelists including international business attorney John Tulac, Josie Vigil, Director of Supply Chain Operations for B. Braun Medical Inc., Pooya Kabirir, Vice President of Engineering & Operations at Combustion Associates, Inc., Elizabeth Warren, Executive Director for FuturePorts, and Luke Haylock, Global Director of New Product Development for Alcoa. The panel will each present their perspective on managing the supply chain in a global economy as well as answer attendee questions.

 

The APICS-IE Fall Symposium: Navigating Global Supply Chain will be held Saturday, October 29, 2016 at the Eagle Glen Golf Club in Corona, Calif. Fees to attend the event from 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM are $15 for members, $25 for non-members and students are free. Breakfast buffet is included. Register online now as space is limited.