APICS and Supply Chain Council announced today that the boards of directors of both organizations have approved an agreement under which Supply Chain Council (SCC) will merge with APICS upon ratification by SCC member vote.
The merger unites two industry leaders with complementary offerings in supply chain research, education and certification programs. Together, SCC and APICS offer a single-source solution for individuals and corporations looking to evaluate and improve supply chain performance.
Following the close of the transaction, APICS intends to integrate Supply Chain Council with its existing operations. Abe Eshkenazi will remain the chief executive officer of APICS with Joseph Francis, executive director of Supply Chain Council, serving as executive director of the APICS Foundation. Through the end of the year, there will be an expanded, transitional board of directors with board members from each organization.
The benefits of the merger include:
Specifically, the merger:
• The SCC SCOR model and SCOR Professional (SCOR-P) brands will be leveraged along with APICS’s Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) and Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) designation brands.
• The combination offers greater resources and access to an expanded network of subject matter experts and volunteers committed to maintaining the organization’s reputation as the source of industry standards, benchmarks and thought leadership.
• Builds strong platform for growth. The combined product portfolio offers significant cross-sell and global expansion opportunities including the marketing of SCC's highly-respected training programs based on the SCOR model to APICS's clients, as well as the marketing of APICS's industry-leading courseware and designations to SCC's clients.