September 27, 2013 07:38 ET

Supply Chain and Operations Management Professionals Gear Up for APICS 2013 Conference in Orlando

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - Sep 27, 2013) - Supply chain and operations management professionals from around the world will convene September 29-October 1 at one of the industry's largest events, the APICS 2013 annual conference in Orlando.

APICS 2013 brings together attendees from more than 40 countries to gain relevant education, industry best practices, and thought leadership. It is hosted by APICS and the APICS Foundation. APICS is the world's leading association for supply chain and operations management and the APICS Foundation is its research and innovation arm.

"Supply chain and operations management professionals are expected to achieve maximum productivity," said Robin Russell, CFPIM, CSCP, president of the APICS Foundation and professor at Virginia Tech. "To be successful, they need to understand how to leverage their customers as strategic assets, and APICS 2013 will provide the thought leadership to ensure they achieve their goals."

Thought leaders Jeremy Gutsche, founder of, and Tom Rath, bestselling author of StrengthsFinder 2.0 and Strengths-Based Leadership, will present about innovation and leadership.

With an emphasis on quality education sessions, the conference offers eight learning paths: business analytics; collaboration; innovation and advancement; operational efficiency; professional development; responsiveness; risk and resiliency; and sustainability. Speakers include senior professionals, educators and consultants from some of the world's most respected colleges and universities and organizations such as Intel, Philips and Coca-Cola.

APICS 2013 attendees will see best practices in action, at onsite plant tours including Orlando International Airport, FedEx Ground, Mitsubishi Power Systems, Darden, Lockheed Martin, Mercury Marine and Nautique boats.

Other noteworthy events include the International Student Case Competition powered by the Fresh Connection, where teams will collaborate in a virtual supply chain environment; APICS Student Career Fair, where students have access to job recruiters and interviews with companies that are hiring; and the APICS World Café, where participants can discover more about the benefits and challenges of diversity initiatives. In addition, the APICS Expo features more than 40 leading organizations. The conference is sponsored by Oracle and PwC.

"From big data to developing better collaborative relationships, APICS 2013 attendees will learn cutting-edge approaches to creating more sustainable, resilient, strategic, and value-driven supply chains," said APICS Chief Executive Officer Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, CPA, CAE.

Follow @Tweet_APICS and the hashtag #APICS2013 to keep up on the latest conference news. A community for APICS 2013 conference attendees is online at


APICS is the leading professional association for supply chain and operations management and the premier provider of research, education and certification programs that elevate supply chain excellence, innovation and resilience. APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) and APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) designations set the industry standard. With over 37,000 members and more than 250 international partners, APICS is transforming the way people do business, drive growth and reach global customers. To learn more about APICS, visit


The APICS Foundation advances supply chain and operations management and innovation through research, educational programs and curriculum development. Business leaders, academia and global enterprises gain valuable insights, information and actionable data through the foundation's unrivaled supply chain network and resources. For more information, visit

Contact Information

    Jane Pearson
    APICS Director, Global Communications
    Phone 773-867-1835