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As the Economy Rebounds, Will Your Organization Be Ready for New and Increasing Demand? A Summary of the 2009 APICS Conference
Companies can get the latest on supply chain management trends—from inventory management, forecasting, and sales and operations planning—at the annual APICS

free event table planning spreadsheet  Wireless access was not free and there were just four computers available, but not for Internet use only—attendees could access and print session handouts (which sometimes took a long time, not to mention the huge amount of paper wasted—why do you need to have on paper what you see on the screen?). Our recommendation: if wireless Internet is too expensive to be offered at no charge, there should be more workstations for Internet use only. How the organizers selected the rooms for the sessions could

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