Welcome to 2021. Hopefully, it will be better than 2020 though it seems since we had a fairly uneventful snow season last year we are making up for it this year. Covid is still haunting us and we have had a national election with a new President and Vice President. Each event is going to either continue to wreak havoc with our economy and supply chains and the latter is something we will have to deal with for our companies and economy in general. There is plenty of speculation on both subjects but does anyone really know what their impacts will be.
APICS as most of you know has come up with a new acronym, ASCM (Association for Supply Chain Management), for the corporate name and APICS is a subset within ASCM providing education and certification opportunities. There will be a bit more on this subject later in this newsletter.
Also, you may have noticed we are partnering with several other chapters to provide you with additional speakers and subjects in our monthly and sometimes twice monthly Professional Development Meetings (PDM). These have been and will be for the foreseeable future via Zoom. Attendance has been great as we, the multiple chapters of APICS and ASQ, have sought out outstanding speakers who have performed admirably to date and I expect will continue for the balance of the 2020/2021 PDM schedule.
Education and certification opportunities continue to be scheduled and provided by our chapter’s certified instructors, via Zoom. We have had limited interest, due possibly to Covid and job security issues resulting in limited available income both at the personal and corporate levels. I suggest this may be a particularly good time to pursue certification due to the potential for limited job opportunities and the increased competition to attain those jobs.
I have looked forward to re-introducing periodic Newsletters from our chapter to provide you more of a local flavor to the ASCM/APICS world.
More news to follow in the next edition of the Newsletter. Have a great 2021, and stay careful and healthy.
Jim Timmons, CPIM, CSCP, CLTD
APICS New Haven Chapter