Never too old to learn something new, ordinary school systems in the US are scoring As for efficiency and accountability as they apply supply chain concepts to their tired old systems. Schools that are implementing these concepts are easily scoring between 10% and 60% in textbook savings in the first year and from 10% to 25% in subsequent years.
“Even their investment in inventory tracking infrastructure (software, hardware, and training) is quickly recovered in the first year by the cost-savings achieved due to a better understanding of learner material usage and the higher student and teacher return rate of these materials at the end of the school year,” says Joyce Lewis, APICS Master Instructor and President of the APICS Los Angeles Chapter.
Lewis will share her insights on how applying supply chain principles can improve accountability and visibility of educational resources during her workshop entitled Applying Inventory Management Principles to Ordinary Schools - Can It Work? at the SAPICS 2015* conference, taking place from 31 May - 2 June at Sun City.
“Across the globe, non-traditional supply chains like schools have historically been slow to adopt innovative supply chain concepts in order to manage student resources,” says Lewis. “But, the recent global trend in public reporting of education funding and transparency in spending has pressured many educational institutions to rethink how best to manage its technologies, textbooks, and teaching materials.”
During her workshop, which will also be of interest to NGOs, Lewis will present a case study that details how a school system suffering from big budget cuts and quantum growth (200 students to 10,000 students in a ten year period) resolved its educational asset allocation issues and achieved significant cost savings through optimised asset management.
Top tips for schools
How can South African schools and NGOs achieve similar results? According to Lewis, the ABCs of supply chain apply:
“The benefits of applying these tips are enormous. Not only is less time spent by teachers and administration reacting to and recovering from textbook loss at the end of the year, but active tracking of resources throughout the year allows them to put processes in place to limit future losses of resources,” concludes Lewis. “And the good news is that funding normally spent on replacing textbooks can instead be used for other educational purposes.”
Want to find out more? Catch Joyce Lewis at SAPICS 2015*.
For more information on the 37th Annual SAPICS Conference & Exhibition, being held at Sun City from 31 May – 2 June 2015, please visit http://conference.sapics.org/
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ABOUT SAPICS – your supply chain network
SAPICS is a professional knowledge-based association that enables individuals and organisations to improve business performance. SAPICS builds operations management excellence in individuals and enterprises through superior education and training, internationally recognised certifications, comprehensive resources and a countrywide network of accomplished industry professionals. This network is ever expanding and now includes associates in other African countries.
APICS is the leading professional association for supply chain and operations management and the premier provider of research, education and certification programs that elevate end-to-end supply chain excellence, innovation and resilience. APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) and APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) designations set the industry standard. With over 37,000 members and more than 250 international partners, APICS is transforming the way people do business, drive growth and reach global customers. APICS is based in the USA and has a broad global footprint.
About Joyce Lewis
Joyce Lewis, MAEd, CPIM, CSCP, C.P.M. is an engaging APICS Master Instructor with 23 years of experience in various high-tech industries, and more than 16 years of experience in the art and science of education for learners aged 4 to 84. Joyce lives in Phoenix, Arizona but serves as President of APICS Los Angeles in California, USA. She holds APICS CPIM, CSCP and ISM Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) certifications and is an APICS Master instructor in CPIM, CSCP, and Instructor Training. She is a certified The Fresh Connection Instructor. Joyce currently privately consults with various Fortune 50-250 corporations in all aspects of operations and supply chain management. With a strong technology background that includes leading 4 SAP implementations in 4 countries, Joyce has applied her knowledge of supply chain to implement inventory systems and course managements systems for multiple educational institutions in the United States.