NPTA Alliance Teams with Accenture to Provide New Education Opportunities for Members

CHICAGO and NEW YORK; July 16, 2009--The NPTA Alliance has teamed with Accenture to offer members the ability to purchase access to the Supply Chain Academy, an online learning solution provided by Accenture. NPTA and Accenture worked together to identify a program of courses that bring real-time education opportunities to paper and packaging distributors, manufacturers and other industry professionals.

“NPTA is committed to encouraging and supporting the education, training and development of our members, focusing on their individual role, business requirements and development needs. These courses will help members achieve deep functional excellence in supply chain management to maximize their performance potential,” said Newell Holt, CEO, NPTA.

The Supply Chain Academy offers hundreds of online courses covering all supply chain functions and provides access to the latest supply chain theories, best practices and processes. The Academy also includes a specialized portal which provides a curriculum tailored to those with job responsibilities within distributor and manufacturing companies. Available from any location in the world via the Internet, the Academy provides 24/7 education opportunities to supply chain practitioners at all levels. NPTA members may access the Supply Chain Academy by purchasing an annual license from NPTA.

“Accenture is pleased to support the NPTA alliance and its members,” said Terry Nulty, executive director of the Accenture Supply Chain Academy. “With a syllabus developed by experts from more than 50 leading professional associations, industry consortia and educational institutions, our Supply Chain Academy offers access to world-class content, industry thought leaders and skills-enhancement opportunities 24 hours per day, seven days per week.”

Course offerings available to NPTA members include:

·Supply Chain Concepts and Processes

·Supply Chain Analyses Tools and Techniques

·Supply Chain Planning

·Procurement and Sourcing




·Service Management and Customer Support

·Inventory Management

·Integrated Supply Chain Management

·Value Creation and Realization

·World Class Supply Chain Expertise

NPTA members may preview the Supply Chain Academy and purchase a license by logging on to the Members Only area on the NPTA website at

About NPTA Alliance NPTA Alliance (formerly the National Paper Trade Association, Inc.), founded in 1903, is the association for the $60+ billion paper, packaging and supplies distribution industries. The mission of NPTA is to actively support the success of its members through the delivery of networking, education, industry data and research and advocacy, which focuses on the health of the distribution channel.

About Accenture Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. With approximately 177,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, the company generated net revenues of US$23.39 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2008. Its home page is


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NPTA Alliance

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