Productivity is the name of the game for APICS NYC/LI

Getting there: The Association for Supply Chain Management -- known locally as APICS NYC/LI (long story) -- is all about maximizing productivity around Greater New York and beyond.
By GREGORY ZELLER //

They’ll manage just fine, thank you, at the New York City/Long Island chapter of the Association for Supply Chain Management – even if that’s not its name.

By any name, the chapter is among Greater New York’s most innovative and active experts on supply-chain management and certification – networking, specially tailored instruction, all manners of workplace-optimization resources and more.

But while it operates under the ASCM banner, the New York City/Long Island chapter is officially known as APICS NYC/LI – a callback to the parent organization’s roots.

The ASCM officially launched in 2018, but APICS traces its history to 1957, when 20 production-control managers formed the American Production and Inventory Control Society.

The society’s destiny was redefined in 2014, when APICS merged with the Supply Chain Council, a Texas-based global nonprofit, and further refined in 2015 when it joined with the American Society of Transportation and Logistics.

Sudhir Sachdev, president of the NYC/LI chapter since 2015, was there for the 2018 rebranding, and non-rebranding. “APICS” – both the name and the process – remains a global standard for supply-chain certification, and by keeping that name, the New York City/Long Island chapter sustains its industry-recognized oomph, while basking in the glow of the ASCM’s new mien.

Sudhir Sachdev: A strong link in the supply chain.

“Our chapter is focused on sharing this body of knowledge with employees and companies,” Sachdev, also a principal in charge of human-resources planning, supply-chain strategies and technology-resource management at Syosset-based business consultancy The OysterBridge Group, told Innovate LI. “We are also promoting our body of knowledge through chapters at colleges and universities in the tristate area.”

And they’ve been quite busy doing it. In addition to hosting bimonthly professional-development meetings, APICS NYC/LI has maintained student-focused subchapters at Farmingdale State College and Hofstra University, among other regional schools; it’s in the process of starting a chapter at Adelphi University, Sachdev noted, and is “working to reestablish a Stony Brook University chapter.”

The regional organization is also partnering closely with two Long Island-based companies – a proof-of-concept, of sorts, focused on a U.S. Department of Defense subcontractor and Port Washington-based Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare, designed to help the two very different companies “learn about inventory-control management and supply management and improve production,” according to Sachdev.

“Their employees are learning how to maximize their business operations,” he added.

The work at Drive Devilbiss Healthcare, a medical-products manufacturer focused on the home-healthcare market, will be spotlighted Nov. 6, when APICS NYC/LI hosts its Annual Gala – a celebration of regional supply-chain innovation, beginning at 6 p.m. at Akbar Restaurant and Banquet Hall in Garden City (tickets and registration info available here).

Following a keynote by Telephonics Corp. President Kevin McSweeney, Wednesday’s event will salute four Distinguished Honorees: New York City Transit Authority Chief of EAM Gary Smith, Long Island Import Export Association Managing Director Patti Stoff, Zebra Technologies Corp. Project Manager Bill Leonard and SBU Distinguished Professor of Materials Science Miriam Rafailovich, head of the university’s Thermonuclear & Imaging Nanoscale Characterization Laboratory.

Chain gang: APICS NYC/LI’s bimonthly networkers keep the momentum going.

The gala will also venerate “Next Generation” honorees representing the New York Institute of Technology, Hofstra and Farmingdale State, and a host of regional brands and businesses including Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare, APICS NYC/LI’s Company of the Year.

“We try to find people from industry, academia and nonprofit organizations who are … promoting this knowledge base,” Sachdev noted. “We have a diverse group bringing different views, different challenges and different accomplishments.”

The chapter president is perhaps most excited to salute that “Next Generation” slate, each of whom became involved with APICS NYC/LI during his or her collegiate education.

“These are the people who will lead us forward,” he said. “This is critical to the success of any organization, any business, certainly any nonprofit – younger people who bring new ideas and new perspectives to organizational challenges.

“They will be dealing with the challenges coming up in the world,” Sachdev added. “Sustainability, energy conservation, climate issues … they understand these issues better than the older generation.

“Without new blood, we can never get new ideas.”

That new blood will pump throughout 2020, according to the chapter leader, as APICS NYC/LI focuses on “building this knowledge base through new industries.”

Atop the chapter’s to-do list: the development of an online learning platform, which “in this day and age is critical to the success of any educational effort,” Sachdev said.

The chapter will also look to work more closely with the Hauppauge Industrial Association of Long Island, the Manufacturing Consortium of Long Island and other like-minded associations.

“We are all on Long Island, and we should all associate with each other to bring synergies into the marketplace,” Sachdev added. “We should work together and build off of each other’s successes.”