APICS Basics of Supply Chain Management (BSCM)
By: Jackie Rambler, CPIM, CPP
Every product has a supply chain. Often organizations focus only on the links of the supply chain that fall within their own walls, while activities involving other establishments are required for that product to ultimately reach its end-user destination. To stay competitive Supply Chain professionals must learn to manage activities in all facets of the chain, from product development to information systems to sourcing.
APICS Basics of Supply Chain Management class is the basis for the concepts utilized in today’s ERP Systems. It provides a complete overview of material flow throughout the entire supply chain, including understanding business wide concepts and various supply chain environments, managing demand, designing products, processes and information systems, and understanding supply issues like inventory costs, functions and metrics. BSCM introduces definitions and fundamental concepts used to manage materials in the supply chain. It looks at the activities and relationships that occur within that chain, helping identify ways to reduce cost, streamline operations and enhance communication. All play an important role in achieving peak performance.
Basics of Supply Chain Management is appropriate for all functions within an organization. It is recommended as the first class in the series of CPIM courses that include Master Planning of Resources, Detailed Scheduling and Planning, Execution and Control of Operations, and Strategic Management of Resources process modules. While the BSCM classes cover the basics of these processes, the individual modules go in-depth. Participants can earn up to 12 college credits through the CPIM program.
APICS CPIM certification is one of the highest sought out certifications for operations and supply chain professionals. Certified professionals earn a national average of 19% more than people who are not CPIM certified.
Even if you feel you do not need the in-depth knowledge that is gained through attaining the certification, the Basics of Supply Chain Management will provide you with a fundamental understanding of terminology and framework of best practices used to collaborate, develop and leverage an optimal supply chain strategy for your organization. It may even inspire you to redesign your operations.
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