APICS-IE Symposium to Focus on Emerging Supply Chain Trends

Manufacturers, distributors and supply chain experts will converge  at 8:00 AM on Saturday, April 30, 2016 in Corona, Calif., to identify and develop strategies for emerging supply chain trends.

emerging supply chain trends, APICS, APICS-IEAPICS-Inland Empire is staging another not-to-miss Executive Panel and Networking Symposium with a specific focus on supply chain. Critical to manufacturers and distributors, the conversation will focus on which challenges and opportunities may impact a company’s supply chain.  As always, we have top notch local leaders and executives providing their perspective on how they navigate emerging supply chain trends that are shaping the future of supply chain. Attendees will not only have access to the experts, but also network with others in supply chain, manufacturing and distribution.

Here is your emerging supply chain trends expert speaker line-up:

Dr. Chris Gopal : Senior Fellow at the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management, Claremont Graduate University, and Executive Director of the Drucker Center for Supply Chain & Logistics.

Dr. Chris Gopal : Senior Fellow at the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management, Claremont Graduate University, and Executive Director of the Drucker Center for Supply Chain & Logistics.  Hear from Dr. Gopal his predictions on trends and new developments in manufacturing technologies expected to shape Supply Chains in 2016 and how these are predicted to radically change the old “economies of scale” cost curves! 



craig young

Craig Young :VP of Manufacturing Niagara Bottling, Ontario, California. Learn how Craig drives emerging trends and provides strategic direction for manufacturing at Niagara Bottling. A family run business since 1963, Niagara Bottling has experienced incredible growth and Craig will share with us how he “makes a splash at Niagara” by staying relevant and competitive. 




Roy Paulson : President, Paulson Manufacturing, Temecula, California. Paulson Manufacturing has been the leader in manufacturing the highest quality and most reliable safety protective gear in the industry.  Since 1947, Paulson Manufacturing has successfully stayed relevant and competitive. Join us to learn from Roy, how he navigates and responds to emerging trends and challenges.


Reserve your spot now as space is limited.

Eagle Glen Golf Club

1800 Eagle Glen Pkwy

Corona, CA 92883

Registration includes breakfast
Join us early for coffee and networking!


APICS Inland Empire Symposium Places Spotlight on Innovation at May 2 Event for Manufacturers and Distributors

Connect with Peers and Gain Insight from an Informative Agenda on Emerging and Innovative Manufacturing and Distribution Trends

light bulb with gearsKnowing how precious the weekends are for busy supply chain, manufacturing and distribution professionals needing to recharge their internal batteries, we’ve been hard at work carefully preparing another informative symposium and networking event.

The ideas-rich symposium will give attendees time to network as well as participate in an expert panel discussing how our current business climate demands we innovate, how companies have integrated innovation into their cultures and where to look for new ideas to remain competitive.

For our Spring 2015 Executive Panel & Networking Symposium, we are proud to have assembled a dynamic panel including the nationally-recognized authority in the transportation sector and on the global supply chain, Fran Inman, a member of the California Transportation Commission and VP of Majestic Realty, Chief Procurement Officer Rich Malone of WET, an innovative company who builds and installs the world’s big fountains like Las Vegas’ Bellagio and Bob Bennett, president of Lean Consulting Associates, LLC and former Lean expert for Toyota.

Manufacturers,  distributors or supply chain professionals, you won’t want to miss this! Please join us for an informative panel discussion, breakfast buffet and the opportunity to meet peers and network with others in our industry. Here are the details:

Saturday, May 2

8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Eagle Glen Golf Club

1800 Eagle Glen Pkwy.

Corona, Calif. 92883

Register here and join us for an invigorating morning of conversation, information and fellowship. Also remember to get these benefits year round by becoming a member of APICS-IE.

Manufacturers and Distributors to Focus on the Critical Role of Customer Service at Fall APICS Inland Empire Symposium

APICS-IE, Amazon, Manufacturers, Distributors

The Fall APICS-IE Executive Panel & Networking Symposium will focus on The Amazon Effect where manufacturers and distributors feel the pressure to improve service and offerings to compete for customers.

A panelist of industry experts will share case studies and best customer centric practices on Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Eagle Glen Golf Club in Corona, Calif.

The Inland Empire Chapter of APICS, the leading association for supply chain and operations professionals, is putting the spotlight on service with its Fall Executive Panel & Networking Symposium: The Amazon Effect: The Critical Importance of Customer Service for Manufacturers & Distributors on November 8. The symposium will feature networking and a lively discussion on how Amazon and companies like Amazon are continuously improving customer service, slashing lead times and building loyal patrons. Featured panelists include Kusum Kavia of Combustion Associates, Inc., Derinda Ehrlich, APICS VP Corporate Channel Services and former executive at Avnet and Motorola, Jonathan LaCour, Casa Herrera and Chris Riley, Mitochon Systems, Inc.

“The Symposium brings together manufacturing and distribution students and professionals to exchange ideas and hear from business leaders on how they are navigating the current business environment and increasing complexities required to succeed,” explains Lisa Anderson, President of APICS-IE and LMA Consulting Group. “This topic is near and dear to my heart having just completed research and a webinar on the Amazon Effect. We know that customer service is truly a game changer and the research confirmed what Amazon already knows. It is time for manufacturers and distributors to rethink how they service their customers and builds and deliver products to meet and exceed expectations every time. That’s how you build a loyal customer!”

The Fall Executive Panel & Networking Symposium: The Amazon Effect: The Critical Importance of Customer Service for Manufacturers & Distributors will be held Saturday, November 8, 2014 at the Eagle Glen Golf Club in Corona, Calif. Fees to attend the event from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM are $15 for members, $25 for non-members and students are free. Breakfast buffet is included. Register here or cut and paste the following link into your browser: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e9pwz836d29c13aa&llr=pd7pgykab

APICS-IE Chapter President Lisa Anderson Recognized as Top Supply Chain Management Influencer by SAP

Global technology leader SAP recently named LMA Consulting Group President, Lisa Anderson, as the 16th most influential in supply chain management and sustainability. SAP recognized her as a thought leader on how the world is changing and what businesses need to do to adapt for the greater good.

The article “Top 46 Resource and Optimizations Influencers (Plus a Few Others)” heralded supply chain management as a way for companies to optimize global resources and become more socially responsible.

West Coast Student Case Competition

We are excited that Cal State San Bernardino plans to send 2 undergraduate teams and 1 graduate team to the student case competition.

Inland Empire schools, we welcome your participation! Please read up on the benefits on our student webpage.

Welcome to APICS-IE’s New Website

Welcome to our new website!

We are thrilled to launch our new, re-branded website & blog. We are excited to be able to create more community with our blog as we’ll be writing articles about events and trends, posting pictures, featuring member spotlights etc.

As always, we want your feedback. Please send your requests for programs, tours, education/ classes etc. Our goal is to provide value and create a dynamic community of supply chain and operations professionals in the Inland Empire. Please join us for our events.

Lisa Anderson
President, APICS-IE