The women's leadership organization AWESOME (Achieving Women's Excellence in Supply Chain, Operations, Management and Education) is inviting senior women leaders in supply chain to participate in the organization's fourth annual symposium, taking place April 27-29 in Portland, Ore.
APICS has launched self-study courses for the APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) program and the "Which Program is Right for Me?" education selector tool for all APICS designations.
Delivering more than $10m in cost savings, spearheading a new global distribution model and driving a start-up's exponential growth are among the outstanding personal achievements of young professionals named winners in the ThomasNet and Institute for Supply Management 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars Recognition Program.
Worldwide, managers are setting SMART (Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Relevant and Timely) goals, expecting these to make this "the year" to revitalize or transform their businesses. Instead, most of these professionals should retire SMART, or at least rescind its status of standard operating procedure.
Because not enough students are going into trade schools there is a shortage of people with the needed skills, according to a report on the so-called "skills gap," produced by The College of William and Mary on behalf of companies who distribute equipment for construction, agricultural, industrial and related industries.
Will a robot run my organization in 10 years? Maybe, even though a chief executive's job, which requires a fair amount of problem-solving and creativity, is probably less susceptible to automation than middle-skill jobs such as machining and bookkeeping. At the same time, new research shows that most jobs have some proportion of tasks that can be substituted by workplace automation. Including a CEO's job.
All of us aspire to work for leaders who truly value our input. We're looking for a "speak-up culture" - the kind of workplace where we feel welcome and included, free to express our views and opinions, and confident that our ideas will be heard and recognized. But it's not just employees who benefit from this kind of workplace culture. So do employers and shareholders.