Issue: Sep 2009


Real-World Supply Chain Management Learning Opportunities With The Fresh Connection Supply Chain Com



by Jon Knox

APICS The Association for Operations Management, the global leader in operations and supply chain management certification, education, and membership, and supply chain consultants Involvation announced today a partnership to provide The Fresh Connection Supply Chain Competition to North America. Developed by Involvation, The Fresh Connection gives supply chain teams hands-on opportunities to compete and expand their functional knowledge of effective supply chain management. The Fresh Connection competition and learning program will be offered for the first time prior to the 2009 APICS International Conference & Expo October 3, 2009, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The Fresh Connection is a Web-based game developed to help supply chain management professionals use teamwork and supply chain management expertise to help an ailing manufacturer become profitable. Teams also have the opportunity to see how their team measures up against the competition.

"APICS strives to provide relevant and applicable education for today's supply chain management professions to help them ensure their organizations are successful," said APICS CEO Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, CPA, CAE. "We think The Fresh Connection Supply Chain Competition will help our members serve their organizations more effectively."

"The Fresh Connection is a serious game that demonstrates and expands the expertise of supply chain professionals -- from teamwork to strategy, The Fresh Connection helps participants build more profitable enterprises," said Involvation owner and creator of The Fresh Connection Egge Haak, MSc, CIRM. "We look forward to working with APICS to provide this opportunity to APICS members."

"Involvation is pleased to partner with APICS to offer The Fresh Connection to APICS members," said Involvation senior supply chain consultant Hans Kremer, CPIM, CIRM, CSCP. "With the help of a well-known supply chain and operations management association such as APICS, we believe The Fresh Connection will help improve the effectiveness of a wide array of supply chain management professionals."

For more information on The Fresh Connection, visit www.thefreshconnection.biz.

About APICS The Association for Operations Management

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. For more information about APICS, visit www.apics.org.

About Involvation

Involvation is a consultancy firm that focuses on improving the supply chain and its management. Involvation will help you to achieve visible results. At Involvation, we think and act both in concept and in detail. We design supply chains and ensure an effective implementation. We inspire and stimulate when it comes to innovation, we motivate and achieve when it comes to change. We support you with new ideas, commitment and, above all, effectiveness. For more information about Involvation, visit www.involvation.com.

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