Supply Chain Managers – The Most Important Business Improvement Is An Upgraded Workforce

Supply Chain Managers – The Most Important Business Improvement Is An Upgraded Workforce


Are you looking for ways to be more competitive in your career or as a company? Has your company invested in technology, yet still struggles to deliver differentiated products or services in the marketplace?

Your local APICS Greater Detroit chapter is here to help with a mission to inspire and growing Supply Chain Professionals – at all levels of their careers.

Per a recent article shared by SupplyChainBrain,

“The most important business improvement is not technology but an upgraded workforce. In a world of increasingly large and complex supply chains, technology, digitalization and automation often grab the headlines, and are presented as the solutions to the challenges that come with these huge networks. In such an environment, it can be easy to look past the importance of people in improving business efficiency and profitability. However, Lionel Taylor, managing director of Trade Advisory Network, believes that “the most important new development in any business is not technology — it is an upgraded version of your workforce.”…

This means that the latest app or technology might look good, but a lot of the time it’s not relevant to those markets at that point in time. What these businesses are always interested in, however, is training the workforce and building capacity. These businesses often face skills gaps, and don’t have the resources in house to solve them.

Regardless of which sector your business operates in — whether it be universities or banks — keeping up to date with current trends and practices is no longer a choice, but a necessity. Having a better-trained workforce is also a differentiator in a market where everyone is competing to have the latest and most impressive digital platform.”

As an additional resource for you, APICS conducted a supply chain management risk survey a few years ago with more details on protecting against supply chain disruptors.

As the premier professional association for supply chain management, APICS Greater Detroit will be hosting a full day seminar on the Principles of Distribution and Logistics on August 15th. This seminar is designed to introduce operations management professionals to the field of distribution and logistics management in an era of unprecedented change.

Attend this seminar to learn how to:

  • Use ”push” and “pull” inventory replenishment in a multi-echelon environment
  • Integrate new technologies to your distribution channels
  • Be mindful of sustainability and “green” issues Measure performance to ensure optimal efficiency and productivity
  • Support Customer Relations objectives using warehousing
  • Decide when you should be using the various types of transportation modes
  • Set objectives for warehouse design, automation, equipment, and layout
  • By the conclusion of the seminar, attendees will have a clear knowledge of the fundamentals of distribution and logistics functions and objectives.

For additional information, please contact us via our website at We look forward to helping you learn more about how to prepare for supply chain disruptions.

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