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ASCM Announces Thought Leadership Collaborations


It’s been a flurry of activity at APICS as we prepare to launch a whole new association – the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM). Sunday, APICS CEO Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, CPA, CAE, made the ASCM announcement at APICS 2018.  One of the things that makes ASCM unique is its network of global alliances and thought-leadership collaborations, both of which were created to propel supply chain forward and transform how organizations do business.

Thought leadership collaborations, which consist of a customized relationship with ASCM, typically focus on content innovation or events. Currently, thought leadership collaborations include the following:

The American Institute of Artificial Intelligence (AIAI) is devoted to developing business and government leaders to shape and lead the artificial intelligence revolution. AIAI will collaborate with ASCM to build awareness of AI implementations and strategies within the supply chain profession. 

ASLOG is the nonprofit French Association of Supply Chain and Logistics LLP. ASLOG will collaborate with ASCM to support the development of both the ASCM and ASLOG supply chain communities, with an emphasis on professional training, certification programs, frameworks and benchmarking tools.

CFLP is the oldest logistics organization in China, with a mission to promote the development of the logistics industry and procurement business among government and enterprise audiences in China. CFLP will collaborate with ASCM to create the first Chinese version of CPIM — CPIM China Part 1, which will be introduced in 2019.

Demand Driven Institute (DDI) is a world leader within demand driven methods, education and training. DDI will collaborate with ASCM to develop the Demand Driven Planner (DDP), Demand Driven Leader (DDL), and Demand Driven Supply Chain Fundamentals (DDF) educational programs.

The Guangdong Procurement and Supply Chain Association (GPSA) promotes the sustainable, healthy, standardized and rapid development of modern manufacturing and circulation service in Guangdong province. GPSA provides member companies with cross-border supply chain resource integration, procurement information and platform services. GPSA will collaborate with ASCM to distribute valuable ASCM products and services to GPSA member organizations.

The Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning (IBF) is a membership organization recognized worldwide as the premier full-service provider of demand planning, forecasting, business analytics, sales and operations planning (S&OP), world-class conferences, and advisory services. IBF will collaborate with ASCM to offer the premier S&OP conferences in the world.  

Integreship Group believes the right training and support can transform leaders into trustworthy influencers, guided by values and integrity. Integreship will collaborate with ASCM to provide supply chain professionals with the most robust and comprehensive, on-demand virtual learning space for leaders to acquire people skills; greater self-awareness; and feedback and support from trustworthy, seasoned leaders. 

ISACA provides practical guidance, benchmarks and other effective tools for information technology governance professionals and all enterprises that use information systems. Through its comprehensive guidance and services, ISACA defines the roles of information systems governance, security, audit and assurance professionals worldwide. ISACA will collaborate with ASCM to conduct two research studies and produce reports focused on cyber security and supply chain risk.

Korn Ferry is a management consulting firm that specializes in organizational strategy, executive search, recruitment process outsourcing and succession planning. Korn Ferry will collaborate with ASCM to provide a digital offering that focuses on career coaching and leadership skills to ASCM members. The offering includes resources such as resume analysis, self-assessment and interview preparation. Separately, ASCM and Korn Ferry are in discussion on how to jointly collaborate on large scale supply chain talent programs involving both leadership and technical assessment.

The Loyola Business Leadership Hub (The Hub) connects businesses, nonprofits and government agencies to the experts, research and resources of the Quinlan School of Business, Loyola University Chicago, and the global network of Loyola colleges and universities. The Hub will collaborate with ASCM to create executive education programs leveraging the ASCM body of knowledge.

The Manufacturing Institute studies the critical issues facing manufacturing and applies that research to develop and identify solutions. The Manufacturing Institute will collaborate with ASCM to continue the STEP Ahead: Women in Manufacturing initiative. STEP Ahead honors women who demonstrate excellence and leadership in their careers at all levels of the manufacturing industry while inspiring the next-generation of female leaders.

The MPI Group maintains one of the world’s largest databases of detailed financial, operational and strategic performance metrics collected from thousands of facilities and firms around the globe. The MPI Group will collaborate with ASCM to deliver manufacturing, distribution and omnichannel comparative analysis reports as an ASCM member benefit and conduct custom surveys as part of ASCM’s commercial research program. 

UI Labs is an innovation accelerator that leverages a network of hundreds of partners to transform industries using digital technologies. UI Labs will collaborate with ASCM to explore new, digital product opportunities in supply chain management and potentially introduce a new virtual lab focused on digital supply chain management applications in the cognitive computing space. 

My ASCM colleagues and I expect more of these types of alliances as ASCM grows. Working with its global alliances and thought leadership collaborators, ASCM is a truly global, end-to-end supply chain organization. To learn more, I invite you to visit

About the Author

Jennifer Proctor Former Director of Communications and Publications, ASCM

Jennifer Proctor is a former director of communications and publications at ASCM.

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