Chicago — APICS announced that it has completed its merger with American Society of Transportation and Logistics (AST&L), extending APICS's expertise in transportation and logistics.
“Integrating AST&L into APICS allows us to fortify our supply chain education and certification offering with deeper content in the areas of transportation and logistics,” said APICS CEO Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, CAE, CPA. “APICS continues to bolster our offerings to address two of the most important topics in the global economy today – developing supply chain talent and elevating supply chain performance.”
The merger between APICS and AST&L will provide support to the end-to-end supply chain body of knowledge that fuels APICS's global supply chain research, education and certification programs. APICS will integrate AST&L with its existing operations, resulting in unmatched content and subject matter expertise that will enable individuals and organizations to meet key supply chain and logistics challenges.
“I'm so pleased to see this merger finalized in such short order and by a near-unanimous vote from the AST&L membership,” said George Yarusavage, DLP, CTL, C.P.M., chairman of the AST&L board of directors. “AST&L has a unique focus on an integral piece of the global supply chain puzzle. Joining APICS gives us the opportunity to extend that knowledge to a broader audience and will benefit our combined members, customers and partners.”
“APICS is committed to offering end-to-end supply chain education and certification to provide members, customers and the supply chain industry as a whole with the most up to date, relevant body of knowledge possible,” said Alan G. Dunn, CPIM, chair of the APICS board of directors. “Transportation, logistics and the delivery process are an extremely important part of that body of knowledge.”
This merger benefits members, customers, partners, and the supply chain community in many ways. Specifically, the merger:
- Creates the most complete supply chain body of knowledge. The combination unites APICS's Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM), Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCOR) framework, SCOR Professional (SCOR-P) brands with AST&L's three credentials including the Certified in Transportation and Logistics (CTL) designation.
- Ensures investment, improvement, and continued relevancy of transportation and logistics content. The combination offers greater resources and access to volunteer subject matter experts committed to providing individuals, supply chain organizations and the transportation and logistics industry with a respected and validated credential program.
- Strengthens competitive position and platform for growth. Fortified transportation and logistics content creates a more sustainable organization better positioned to address the end-to-end supply chain education and certification needs of individuals and companies.
APICS plans to share more details about these benefits as the two organizations come together. As the integration progresses, members, customers and partners can expect ongoing communications and view information about the merger on the APICS website at apics.org/about/astl-and-apics-merger.