Whether it's a sign of the economic times or of closer collaboration among links in the supply chain, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) have announced a new partnership.Members of each organization will receive a 10-percent discount when they join the other association. (Both memberships must be purchased at the same time for the discount to apply.) The alliance offers expanded professionaleducation opportunities to members of both organizations, allowing AME members to learn more about logistics and supply chain management and CSCMP members to become more familiar with "lean" concepts and practices.
The relationship between CSCMP and AME will go much further than membership pricing, though. AME will host a track called "Manufacturing: Lean Ideas and Tools That Can Help Reshape Your Business" at CSCMP's Annual Global Conference in Chicago, Sept. 20-23. Meanwhile, Dr. Thomas Speh, former chair of CSCMP's board of directors, is developing a supply chain track for AME's annual International Lean Conference, to be held Oct. 19-23 in Covington, Ky.