By Taylor Scheibe
Target magazine began publication in 1985 with an audience of approximately 300 members. The magazine was first issued in the form of a newsletter titled “Just-In-Time Technical Development” written by Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) board member Ernie Hugh. We first see the Target letterhead in April of 1985 with the tagline “AME’s Periodical News Source.” In this issue, there were three articles, a paper AME membership application and a Board of Directors index. In 1990, Chicago Tribune columnist Tom Peters called Target “the best business magazine going today.”
From black and white beginnings, Target magazine has grown its quarterly circulation to nearly 4,000. With more than 30 years of content dedicated to improving global manufacturing competitiveness and enterprise excellence, Target drives cutting-edge articles, case studies and how-tos of practitioner-implemented process improvements in different industries. Target was created to support AME’s mission to help its members come together and explore lean thinking, exchange best practices and network to advance their careers and improve the competitiveness and overall value of their organizations. In the true spirit of lean, Target has proven its ability to change along with its audience.
Target and its archives are available only to AME members and affiliates. Become an AME member and get Target for free! AME membership will exempt you from any non-member fees at the AME 2017 International Conference in Boston October 9-13. Members also receive a special rate on all AME events, including webinars, workshops, tours and roundtables, as well as access to online communities and discussions and more. Find out more about AME and how you can join a growing community of more than 4,000 continuous improvement professionals on our membership webpage. Read more about Target's long history below in an article from the Chicago Tribune archives.
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