Join their ranks today by earning the APICS CSCP designation.
We all know what ERP is … the major information management system for manufacturers (and others) that integrates all of the major functions of the business. There is still some confusion, however, about just how some of the other approaches – Lean Manufacturing, Theory of Constraints, DDMRP, etc. – fit in and whether they replace ERP or are complementary.
As supply chain and operations management professionals, our focus always must be on the customer. Our job is to deliver what customers want and do it better than the competition. In the APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) and Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) programs, it is emphasized that operations strategy must be aimed at delivering value. Lean manufacturing and improvement methodologies emphasize the removal of waste or anything that adds no value to the product. And because this value is determined by the customer, it’s necessary to really understand what is desired.
Advice and Assistance for Manufacturers.
For a subject as vital as Supply Chain Management, it is not enough to tell people what needs to be done. They must experience it. The Fresh Connection is a different way of learning that puts participants at the heart of a lifelike simulation so they can experience the impact of every decision they make. Having just completed certification as a facilitator for The Fresh Connection supply chain simulation “game” Dave and his team solved challenges facing a fictional but realistic company.
You find a coupon in your local newspaper offering something you are very interested in at an attractive price. You go out of your way to go to the store to buy it, only to find to your great disappointment that the store is sold out. They also report that there are none in the distribution warehouse and they can’t tell you when (or even if) they will be able to get more.