SOURCE: APICS

June 04, 2007 10:45 ET

APICS Explores the Importance of a Green Supply Chain at the 2007 International Conference and Exposition

ALEXANDRIA, VA--(Marketwire - June 4, 2007) - APICS The Association for Operations Management today announced it will address the importance of supply chain sustainability and "going green" at the 2007 APICS International Conference and Exposition, which will be held October 21-23, 2007, at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. Concerns about global warming, turbulent weather patterns, population growth, and pollution have made companies and consumers look at environmental responsibility in a whole new way. Supply chain and operations management professionals will have the opportunity to learn how sustainable supply chain strategies can be used to improve products, decrease pollution, and decrease packaging and production costs.

The conference, which attracts more than 2,000 operations management professionals from around the world each year, will focus on the importance of vision as it pertains to individuals, organizations and the industry.

This year's impressive lineup of speakers includes Ken Blanchard, Ph.D, best-selling coauthor of "The One Minute Manager"; Steve Uzzell, international award-winning photographer; and Jack Bacon, Ph.D., P.Eng., International Space Station management team member.

Ken Blanchard's books have sold over 18 million copies in more than 25 languages. His educational, leadership, and values-based management concepts are taught in classes around the world and his teachings have motivated and inspired generations of business managers and leaders. Dr. Ken Blanchard will share his thoughts on the importance of vision in leadership and provide the insight he has gained as one of the world's most distinguished business teachers and motivators.

A National Geographic photographer of international acclaim, Steve Uzzell has approached his work and his career with a problem solving mindset. Using the same concepts that he incorporates into his photographic work, Uzzell will teach attendees the 10 steps to capturing the Spirit of the Open Road. Using his own photography as an example, he'll show us how we can tap into our creative sides to develop a framework for everyday problem solving.

A world-renowned futurist and speaker, Dr. Jack Bacon will share his thoughts on why we'll be looking back on the growth of our current decade with reverence and awe. Having worked on the development of artificial intelligence systems and NASA's Space Station, Dr. Bacon will share his expert theory on what he calls "The Parallel Bang." He'll explain the similarities of our current boom in knowledge with the "Big Bang" that started the universe.

Conference attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in plant tours that provide an insider's view of how some of the biggest companies in the U.S. manage their supply chain, manufacturing, and distribution processes. Tours scheduled to date include Coors Brewing Company and Celestial Seasonings, however more tours a will become available in the coming months. Check http://www.apics.org/education/conference/learn.asp#plant_tour for plant tour updates.

To learn more about the 2007 APICS International Conference and Exposition or to register online, please visit www.apicsconference.org.

APICS The Association for Operations Management is the global leader and premier source of the body of knowledge in operations management, including production, inventory, supply chain, materials management, purchasing, and logistics. Since 1957, individuals and companies have relied on APICS for its superior training, internationally recognized certifications, comprehensive resources, and worldwide network of accomplished industry professionals. Visit APICS online at www.apics.org.

Members of the press receive complimentary registration to the 2007 APICS International Conference and Exposition, October 21-23, 2007, at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO. Please call the APICS Marketing and Brand Management Division (800) 444-2742 or (703) 354-8851, ext. 2271, for information regarding press registration.

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