APICS Association


APICS is the premier professional association for supply chain management and the leading provider of research, education and certification programs that elevate supply chain excellence, innovation and resilience. The APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM), APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), APICS Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD) and APICS Supply Chain Operations Reference Professional (SCOR-P) designations set the industry standard.


APICS was originally founded as the American Production and Inventory Control Society in 1957 as formed by 20 production control managers in Cleveland, OH. The association’s membership grew relatively slowly in the 1960s. It wasn’t until Ollie Wight, Joseph Orlicky, and George Plossl pushed for the association to recognize and evangelize MRP that membership truly skyrocketed in the 1970s. In 2004, the organization changed its name to APICS: The Association for Operations Management with a new tagline: Advancing Productivity, Innovation, and Competitive Success. The organization changed names again (slightly) in the 1990s to APICS — The Educational Society for Resource Management. The name changed one more time in 2005 to APICS The Association for Operations Management. APICS merged with the Supply Chain Council in 2014 and the American Society of Transportation and Logistics (AST&L) in 2015.


APICS sponsors an annual membership conference and trade show attended by thousands of global experts in supply chain management and technology. Smaller regional events are also held in addition to many virtual conferences and chapter meetings.


APICS is designed predominantly for manufacturers with some overlap into wholesale distribution. Members come from a variety of manufacturing industries across both process and discrete disciplines.


With over 45,000 members and approximately 300 channel partners, APICS is transforming the way people do business, drive growth and reach global customers. Membership is available for corporations and individuals alike (professional and student). Members join local chapters with a portion of dues going to APICS national and a portion remaining with the local chapter. Members typically meet monthly for Program Development Meetings (PDM) which includes networking, a speaker / topic, and dinner. Most chapters meet from Fall to Spring taking time off in the Summer months.


APICS Magazine is a monthly publication for members containing articles and news about every discipline within supply chain and manufacturing. The APICS dictionary was first published in 1963 and represents the definitive resource for supply chain and manufacturing terminology and concepts. APICS also published many original newsletters and promotes a comprehensive catalog of books on related supply chain topics.

Contact Information

8430 West Bryn Mawr Avenue, Suite 1000
Chicago, IL 60631, USA
Phone: 1-800-444-2742 or +1-773-867-1777
Fax: +1-773-639-3000

Website: www.apics.org

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