The Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM) officially launched last week, making it the largest nonprofit association for supply chain. The association is an unbiased partner, connecting companies around the world to the newest insights on all aspects of supply chain within one source. Built on the foundation of APICS, ASCM's will focus on driving industry innovation with new products, services and partnerships that enable companies to further optimize their supply chains, secure their competitive advantage and positively impact their bottom lines.
"Businesses are starting to see the incredible advantage that can be gained through strategic supply chain management and leadership. This is evidenced by supply chain professionals moving out of their silos and into the C-suite. Just as businesses are tearing down the walls between supply chain functions, so too should supply chains," says ASCM CEO Abe Eshkenazi. "By creating ASCM, we are acknowledging this pivotal shift in our industry, not only through individual earning and development, but with larger corporate transformation in mind as well.
ASCM will offer cross-function training, benchmarking, performance reporting, research, education, certifications and more.
The association will help companies stay ahead of the curve a challenge by corporate transformation. This includes talent development programs, corporate programs tat accelerate transformation and SCOR-Enterprise designation.
ASCM aims to make an impact and will expand on a set of mission-driven initiatives that draw on the power of supply chains to address pressing global challenges. These initiatives center on building stronger frontier and humanitarian supply chains in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and unlocking the next supply chain innovations.
Additionally, ASCM's Supply Chain Learning Center will offer online and on-demand learning opportunities for members and customers. Expanding even further, ASCM is working on hundreds of additional learning and development options on topics ranging from procurement to artificial intelligence and beyond.
"At ASCM we have built and will continue to grow a global netowrk of alliances and collaborations with one goal in mind: making it as easy as possible for organizations to find the resources they need to invest in their supply chains," Eshkenazi adds.