Two of the leading supply chain certification associations—APICS and the Supply Chain Council—have approved an agreement under which Supply Chain Council (SCC) will merge with APICS. The merger is subject to ratification by SCC member vote. Financial terms of the merger were not disclosed.
The merger unites two organizations with complementary offerings to create a global provider of supply chain research, education and certification programs. Together, SCC and APICS will offer a solution for individuals and corporations looking to evaluate and improve supply chain performance.
Following the close of the transaction, APICS intends to integrate Supply Chain Council with its existing operations. Abe Eshkenazi will remain the CEO of APICS, with Joseph Francis, executive director of SCC, serving as executive director of the APICS Foundation. Through the end of the year, there will be an expanded, transitional board of directors with board members from each organization’s Board.
The merger unites the supply chain associations that were ranked #1 (APICS) and #2 (SCC) recently in a poll conducted by SCM World. The SCC SCOR model and SCOR Professional (SCOR-P) brands will be leveraged along with APICS’s Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) and Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) designation brands. The unified entity will offer resources and opportunities to members, customers, corporations and partners in over 100 countries.
The combination is expected to identify operational efficiencies and greater economies of scale primarily in back-office and support areas and through the sharing of technology platforms.