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How IBM Builds Blockchain for Walmart

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An article in Supply Management explains how Walmart VP of Food Safety worked with a blockchain leader at IBM to create a blockchain system to shadow Walmart’s traditional monitoring processes. Their pilot test found the origin of a pack of mangoes in 2.2 seconds, a task that took food safety staff six days, 18 hours and 14 minutes to complete. 

Read the article:  How IBM builds blockchain for Walmart

Related video: Walmart's food safety solution using IBM Food Trust


The Economist Examines the Impact of AI on the Supply Chain

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A recent article in The Economist examines how artificial intelligence (AI) is spreading throughout the supply chain. The article asserts AI will have a bigger economic impact than any other application of the technology and affect a larger number of businesses. 

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Upcoming Courses and Events

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6/4-6/8  FULL WEEK CONUS CSCP button
6/11-6/15  FULL WEEK CONUS CLTD learn more button
Beg. 9/5  CSCP, KU ROCKVILLE learn more button
9/13-11/15 SHIPPENSBURG BIWEEKLY CSCP SEPT-NOV 2018 learn more button
9/17-11/12 HAGERSTOWN BIWEEKLY CPIM PART 2 SEPT-NOV 2018 learn more button


APICS Principles of Distribution and Logistics Seminar

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Thursday, June 21, 2018
Washington D.C.

The APICS Principles of Distribution and Logistics seminar is designed to introduce operations management professionals to the field of distribution and logistics management. This comprehensive seminar is appropriate for both beginning and experienced individuals.

Attend this seminar to learn how to:

  • Use ”push” and “pull” inventory replenishment in a multi-echelon environment
  • Integrate new technologies to your distribution channels
  • Be mindful of sustainability and “green” issues
  • Measure performance to ensure optimal efficiency and productivity
  • Support customer service objectives using warehousing
  • Decide when you should be using the various types of transportation modes
  • Set objectives for warehouse design, automation, equipment, and layout

By the conclusion of the seminar, attendees will have a clear knowledge of
the fundamentals of distribution and logistics functions and objectives.

Register using the button below to save $25 off the registration price

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APICS 2018 Registration Is Open!

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Join APICS in Chicago for APICS 2018, the leading supply chain conference! This year's conference takes place from September 30 - October 2, 2018.  Chicago is a city unlike any other; the perfect venue to highlight the industry, innovation and forward-thinking that APICS is known for.  The conference takes place in the heart of the city, right on the Chicago River, and steps from Michigan Avenue at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

September 30–October 2, 2018
Chicago, Illinois

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APICS Certifications

Congratulations to Our Newly Certified Members

Patricia "Miki" Pawlowski, CPIM
Brenda Boyer, CSCP
Matthew Thompson, CLTD
Eric Zawilinski, CLTD



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Thinking about getting a supply chain certification? You should! According to the APICS Salary Report, certifications can earn you up to a 50 percent increase in salary.

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Learn more about APICS certifications below.



Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD)

CLTDCLTD covers concepts, tools and processes which illustrate the supply chain-wide system perspective of logistics.  CLTD emphasizes the microanalysis of logistics, distribution and transportation services. Managing a logistics systems requires oversights of transportation, order processing, inventory and the combination of warehousing, material handling and packaging.  All these components are integrated through a network of facilities with a goal to support customer service, manufacturing and purchasing operational requirements. 


Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM)

CPIM oneAPICS is streamlining the CPIM program to better serve the needs of the supply chain workforce - while maintaining the body of knowledge and integrity that has kept CPIM at the forefront of supply chain education.   

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Features and benefits of the new CPIM Version 6.0 include:

  • Only 2 exams - CPIM Part 1 and CPIM Part 2 – required to earn the CPIM credential.

  • Already taken CPIM BSCM? - The current CPIM BSCM exam counts toward the new, streamlined CPIM Part 1.  

  • Streamlined certification experience gets you certified faster.

  • Updated format delivers the same CPIM knowledge and skills in a focused program to meet the training needs of today’s busy supply chain professionals.

  • New CPIM Learning System, a proven APICS certification preparation method that combines reading materials with online practice tests and tools.

  • Ability to purchase the entire CPIM bundle, including the complete CPIM Learning System, CPIM Part 1 exam and CPIM Part 2 exam.

CHECK OUT THE FAQ'S for details on the new CPIM Learning System and exams.


Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP)

CSCP 2018From manufacturers to service providers, regardless of whether a firm’s clients are businesses or consumers, for-profit or not, supply chain management (SCM) impacts all organizations.  Customers already demand high quality and low prices.  In today’s global markets, user convenience, delivery speed, and promise date reliability are becoming increasingly important from a value perspective.  As a result, flawless deployment has become essential to competing successfully in a global marketplace.

CSCP takes a broad view of SCM, extending beyond internal operations to encompass all the links throughout a value chain network—from supplier to end consumer—and how to effectively integrate, manage, and innovate these activities to optimize supply chain performance.  Web tools with an online dictionary, e-flashcards, practice questions, pre- and post-tests are included with each Participant Learning System.



Employers, not seeing a class or timeframe that meets your company needs? Our Master Instructors will be glad to schedule any certification class for your group on a day and time that meets your needs. 

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Learn more about DC Metro's Education Offerings 

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Chapter News

APICS DC Metro in China

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APICS DC Metro instructors recently completed CSCP workshops in Shenzhen, China. During the workshops, Shenzhen CSCP students participated in a stand-up S&OP meeting demo and other interactive  sessions.




APUS tuition offer


APICS and American Public University System are working together to offer you flexible and affordable online courses, certificates, and degree programs, with a 5% tuition grant, no transfer credit fee, and a book grant that provides undergraduate books and ebooks at no cost to you.



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APICS Dictionary


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A certificate that attests that the goods can be legally sold in the country of export. The intent is to prevent defective products from being exported.


From the APICS Dictionary app

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Career Opportunities

Associate Manager, Demand Planning, Nutricia North America (Rockville, MD)


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