Upcoming Meetings

Identity Theft and the Importance of Cyber Security Measures

December 12, 2017
5:45 PM to 7:30 PM

Caesar's Table
125 N Market
Wichita, KS 67202

Scott Ferris will be speaking to us about Identify Theft and Cyber Security

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Building a Competitive Advantage Through Transformational Leadership

January 09, 2018
5:45 PM to 7:00 PM

Caesar's Table
125 N Market
Wichita, KS 67202

Brent Edmisten will be the keynote speaker for this joint meeting with ISM

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Apics News

APICS Logistics Credential Quickly Surpasses 1000 Certifications
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Loyola University wins International Student Team Competition at APICS 2017
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New SCOR 12.0 Model Launched at APICS 2017, Advancing the Global Standard for Supply Chain Excellence
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Welcome to the APICS Wichita Chapter!

Chapter management excellence is an integral component to enhancing the member experience. Successful APICS chapters provide their members with opportunities for stellar education, career development, and networking.

The APICS Chapter Benchmarking and Reporting (CBAR) program recognizes chapters that have exceeded minimum standards and exemplify excellence in overall chapter management. We are proud to announce the APICS Wichita Chapter received the 2017 CBAR Platinum Award designation, an admirable accomplishment for an APICS chapter.

As a member of an APICS Platinum Award Winning Chapter, the CBAR designation signifies commitment to providing an exceptional membership experience.


APICS Wichita President’s Message - December 2017

Benchmarking to Raise the Bar

Most companies have incredibly seasoned employees on their leadership teams. These could be leaders who have worked at other companies and grown externally or have developed internally for the same company. After a few years in a role, I have found that leaders become stagnant without some sort of external stimulation to trigger them to think about where their organizations are and where they need to be in the path to world class.

In order to make sure you and your teams are keeping up with the latest technologies and trends in supply chain, find ways to benchmark similar companies. There are many ways to benchmark. For example, you can use conferences on technology or specific functional areas, becoming more active with professional organizations and their boards, and actually benchmarking other companies to help take your organizations to the next level.

Just looking at what other organizations are doing to offset the same concerns you have for your business will go a long way in helping you figure out how to improve and move forward effectively.

In our business, we require leaders to benchmark at least 3 companies annually to see what is trending, talk to peers on similar issues being faced in that functional area, as well as expand their networks. The ability to reach out to knowledgeable resources to collaboratively problem solve is priceless. Benchmarking others expands that network and allows leaders to have a pool of peers to discuss key issues and possible resolutions in their functional areas. In some cases, you may be setting the bar. In other cases, you may be incredibly behind and any changes become a business decision or must be staggered in over a period of time.

What is important to understand is that if you are not implementing some changes in your business to improve, then you are probably falling behind. If you have people simply sustaining your business, you need to reach out and see what is going on in your industry and/or that functional area. You may just find you are falling behind, have the wrong people in place (Sustaining Leader vs. Innovative Leader).

With such competitive environments, I would suggest you evaluate what you have vs. what you need and start implementing a program. Even one nugget obtained in a benchmark session and incorporated could change a companies’ entire outlook or ability to meet customer needs.

Sandy Jessop