Welcome to the APICS Greater Detroit Blog! Read exclusive supply chain insight from professionals and leaders within the supply chain community. APICS Greater Detroit is on a mission to help both professionals and students--everything we do centers on inspiring and growing Supply Chain Professionals at all levels of their careers.

A Case for APICS Logistics, Transportation & Distribution Certificate


Are you looking for ways to reduce your logistics, transportation or distribution costs? Per the Q2 2019 National Association for Manufacturers, 56% of respondents were concerned about trade uncertainties and 26% said transportation and logistics costs were a primary business challenge.

Brent Ruth, CPIM, CSCP, CLTD, CTL, Supply Chain Transformation Process Manager at Caterpillar, shares below how the APICS Certified Logistics, Transportion and Distribution (CLTD) helped his company.


How APICS Can Help Manufacturers With "Brain Drain"


Are you concerned about an aging workforce and the loss of institutional and technical knowledge as your teammates retire?

Per a recent study on the aging of the manufacturing workforce published by the Manufacturing Institute, "manufacturing firms are primarily concerned that the aging of the workforce will result in the loss of their older workers’ institutional and technical knowledge. Specifically, 97 percent of firms express at least some concern about brain drain, and almost half of firms indicate that they are 'very concerned' about the issue."


Value of Lifelong Learning for Supply Chain Leaders


As a Supply Chain leader, are you investing in learning for you and your managers?

As manufacturing output levels reach record highs per National Assocation for Manufacturers, exceeding $2.385 in Q1 2019, the value of effective supply chain management continues to be extremely important


Top Benefits of Employee Training


Is your company hiring people new to manufacturing due to low unemployment and lack of skilled workers? Per a recent article by the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, the shortage of skilled workers is causing many manufacturers to hire from outside of the industry, bringing in people without manufacturing skills or backgrounds.


APICS Greater Detroit NEW Virtual Certification Prep


Have you struggled to find the time to attend APICS certification classes in the past? At APICS Greater Detroit, we are excited to offer more flexible class options to help you advance in your career and earn a globally recognized certification!


How APICS Helps Close the Skill Gap


Are you struggling to find skilled workers? Per the National Association for Manufacturers (NAM) Manufacturers 2nd Quarter Outlook Survey, 68.8% of respondents cited the inability to find skilled workers as top challenge.


Which APICS Certification is Right for You?


At APICS Greater Detroit, we get asked this question very often by the supply chain community. Our answer is it depends on your area of focus and where you are headed in your career. Our mission is to inspire and grow supply chain professionals – at all levels of their careers.

As the leader in supply chain education and certification programs, we set the industry standard. Our certifications are proven to help supply chain professionals earn more throughout their careers. Read on for which certification is the best fit for you!


APICS Greater Detroit Awards Joann Parrinder Instructor of The Year!


APICS Greater Detroit awards Joann Parrinder Instructor of the Year in 2018/19 based on her exemplary engagement as an APICS Detroit Instructor. Our mission is to inspire and grow supply chain professionals – at all levels of their careers. APICS is the leader in supply chain education and certification programs.


Meet The APICS Greater Detroit Volunteer Board of Directors


Did you know that APICS Greater Detroit is managed by 100% volunteer Board of Directors? Each year individuals are nominated and elected by active members. Board members hold their position for a period of one year, and meetings take place at least six times a year.


APICS Greater Detroit Networking Event at B. Nektar Meadery


APICS Greater Detroit, the premier association for supply chain management, hosted a fun networking event and informative tour last week at B. Netkar, the largest meadery in the USA!


How BASF Applied APICS Body of Knowledge for Winning Results


Are you looking for ways to reduce your costs for labor, internal logistics or order fulfillment cycle times? Do you need to increase your return on supply chain fix assets?


Is Your Supply Chain Prepared to be Disrupted?


Has your supply chain been impacted over the past year by unexpected weather or global tariff changes? Do you have a plan to mitigate risk for similar future events?


Supply Chain Managers - The Most Important Business Improvement Is An Upgraded Workforce


Are you looking for ways to be more competitive in your career or as a company? Has your company invested in technology, yet still struggles to deliver differentiated products or services in the marketplace?


Eastern Michigan University APICS Student Chapter - News and Accomplishments


At APICS Greater Detroit, everything we do centers on inspiring and growing Supply Chain Professionals in the Detroit area – at all levels of their careers. We are on a mission to help both professionals and students.

As part of this effort, we are proud to partner with the Eastern Michigan University Student APICS Chapter and share their update below highlighting their news and accomplishments from this past school year.


APICS Greater Detroit Launches #WhyApics - Alyssa Rollins Shares #WhyAPICS is Important to Her


APICS Greater Detroit is excited to announce our #WhyApics campaign sharing supply chain professionals’ stories on how APICS has helped them in their careers.

To kick off the effort, we are proud to share our first #WhyApics below from Alyssa Rollins, Interior Buyer at Ford Motor Company and APICS Greater Detroit Board Member.


Addressing the Skill Gap: APICS Greater Detroit Can Help


Is your company struggling to retain employees? Are you having a hard time finding skilled workers? Per the Michigan Manufacturers Association, Michigan is now leading the nation in manufacturing job growth, with 190,800 new manufacturing jobs since June 2009!1

This is great economic news, although for many manufacturers, it is creating talent shortages due to a lack of skilled workers. . . .Finding and retaining skilled workers is essential for your company’s growth. Your local APICS Greater Detroit chapter, the premier association for supply chain management, can help and here’s how.


Supply Chains and the Internet of Things (IoT)


Is your supply chain connected using the Internet of Things (IoT)? Have you considered how sensor technology might be able to help your company minimize risk and improve efficiencies?

The future of IoT is here. Per SupplyChainBrain, "True supply chain integration and full end-to-end shipment visibility - the holy grail for freight shippers - is finally at hand, thanks to advances in artificial intelligence, predictive analytics, and the IoT."


Sales and Operations Planning: “A Holistic Approach”


APICS Greater Detroit supply chain professionals got together this month for an interactive discussion with Global Supply Chain Management Executive, Richard Ulrey Jr., CPA, MBA, PhD. He had the following statement to share about our group.

“The APICS Greater Detroit Chapter is an impressive group of supply chain professionals. I enjoyed discussing sales and operations planning with them. Building cross functional teams is a critical component for successful digital transformation projects.” Richard Ulrey, CPA, MBA, PhD