APICS Milwaukee #WhyApics Fred Kindelberger Shares Why APICS is Important to Him

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APICS Milwaukee members continue to share their #WhyApics stories on how APICS has helped them in their careers.

Fred Kindelberger, supply chain professional and long term APICS Milwaukee Board of Directors member overseeing our valuable Breakfast Roundtables, shares his #WhyApics below.

If you’d like to share your #WhyApics story on how APICS has helped you in your career please send us an email at [email protected]. If your story is selected to be shared on our website, we will send you a free APICS Milwaukee events pass valid for 12 months! Share your story today!!

Your APICS Milwaukee Chapter, with approximately 500 members, is a non-profit association with a mission to serve Supply Chain professionals and their companies in the Milwaukee area. We recently added our Fall instructor-led certification classes for CPIM, CSCP and CLTD! Check out our website for more information on how you can advance your career today!

We look forward to hearing your #whyapics story! For additional information, contact us via our website at: http://apicsmilw.org or via email at: [email protected]

 

Using Reverse Mentoring to Close Supply Chain Skill Gaps

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Does your company have a mentor program to help close supply chain skill gaps?

Have you considered leveraging a “reverse mentor” program where young supply chain professionals can help your tenured team members with the latest technology or understanding younger generations in the workforce?

Last week Supplychaindive published an article sharing more information on the benefits of reverse mentoring and examples of companies who already have them in place. They also discussed the need to have a formal structure and concrete goals for a reverse mentoring program. For example, per Osman Khan, a 25-year-old senior consultant for a large supply chain consultancy, who tried to start such a program at his company, "It didn't seem like there was an appetite for it. Just saying reverse mentoring is going to be beneficial isn't enough; you have to set up a framework and have specific goals.”

Your APICS Milwaukee chapter is proud to be an authorized channel partner of the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM). ASCM plans to roll out a reverse mentoring program for its 45,000 members in 2020, Kathleen Schroeder, director of membership, told Supply Chain Dive.

"The mentors in our mentoring program tell us they learn so much from their mentees and they get so much out it themselves. We're going to formalize that experience with a reverse mentor program," Schroeder said. At any given time, about 400 ASCM members are enrolled in the mentor program.

APICS Milwaukee chapter also provides an opportunity for mentorship with our two student chapters at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Both chapters have robust membership of supply chain students. Throughout the year we work with our student chapters to set up meet and greet events for the Milwaukee supply chain community. More information on our student chapter program can be found on our website.

APICS Milwaukee is the premier professional association for supply chain management, helping over 180 Milwaukee area companies and students represented by our members, with educational and networking opportunities.    

For additional information, contact your local APICS Milwaukee Chapter via our website at: http://apicsmilw.org to learn more about our programs.  We look forward to hearing from you and helping you connect with the next generation of supply chain professionals!

Sales & Operations Planning Defined

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Does your company have challenges accurately forecasting sales based on demand? Could you use help with how to create a production plan for sales, finance, operations and all other functional areas of the company?

Your local APICS Milwaukee chapter is here to help with our recently announced Supply Chain Workshop on July 16th on Sales & Operations Planning.

Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) is all about the design, planning, execution, control and monitoring of all internal, that is, company activities.  Its objective is creating a company-wide game plan to meet demand while maintaining strategic goals. It is also about building internal collaboration of all the functional areas of the business.

Per Demand-Planning.com, the five major benefits of S&OP planning are:

  1. Eliminates The Battle Over Ownership Of Finished Goods Inventory - S&OP is top management’s handle on the business. It provides important visibility into the critical interactions between Sales, Marketing, Production and Finance. Under S&OP, manufacturing’s job is to hit the schedule, eliminating the battle over “ownership” of finished goods inventory. If actual inventory levels do not agree with planned inventory levels, it’s not a manufacturing problem (as long as they hit the schedule). It’s either a Sales and Marketing problem (the products didn’t sell according to plan) or a problem of product mix management in the demand management activity (the wrong individual items were made).
  2. Means Better Integration Between Different Functions - Better integration between functional areas in a business is one of the major payoffs of S&OP. Once collaboration between the top levels of the functional areas is developed, it can be translated into detailed plans that are in line with top level agreements. This results in a set of common goals, improved communication and transparent systems.
  3. Means No More Panicked Rushing - Without a S&OP, the expectation is that somehow the job will get done, and in fact, it does get done, but at a price. That price is organizational slack: excess inventory, poor customer service, excess capacity, long lead times, panicked operations, and poor response to new opportunities. Detailed decisions will be made by clerical level personnel with no guiding policy except “get it out as best we can”. The annual budget cycle won’t be tied in with the detailed plans and will be inconsistent and out of date before it’s one month old. An effective S&OP process removes all of these problems.
  4. The Whole Company Works To One Set of Numbers - One of the benefits of S&OP is being able to run the business to one set of numbers, whereby Sales and Marketing, Production and Finance all agree on anticipated sales and the company’s ability meet those sales. This inevitability requires collaboration. Top management should lead the cultural change to make that happen as this can only come from the top. An unfortunate but frequent approach is to invest significant time in setting up S&OP but then stepping back, allowing the company to be run by separated performance measurement systems or budgets.
  5. Allows You To Shape Demand - If demand planners are aware of likely sales, production capacity and inventory, they can figure out to increase profit margins for particular products. If they know, for example, that a particular SKU cannot be produced in sufficient quantity to meet customer demand for the next month, they can then present this information to Sales and Marketing who can promote other products. This is just one example of the powerful ability to shape demand, which can only come after demand planners collaborate with Production and Sales and Marketing.

So join us on July 16th to learn more about how your company can do a better job at Sales & Operations Planning. Register today to reserve your seat! Participants will learn about the following: 

  • Using the Business Plan to develop a plan of action for all of sales and manufacturing.
  • How the S&OP process unites the company toward a feasible Production Plan
  • How Forecasting fits in the S&OP process
  • The difference between a traditional Production Plan and the S&OP Production Plan
  • How the Production Plan is used to create the Master Production Plan
  • The specific steps to a successful S&OP process

 

APICS Milwaukee is the premier professional association for supply chain management, helping over 170 Milwaukee area companies represented by our members, with educational and networking opportunities.    

For additional information, contact your local APICS Milwaukee Chapter via our website at: http://apicsmilw.org to learn more about our certifications and the value of membership.  We look forward to hearing from you and helping your company with sales and operations planning.

Best investment is in Employee Development

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Has your company invested in technology, yet still struggles to deliver differentiated products or services in the marketplace?  

Your local APICS Milwaukee chapter is here to help with a mission to inspire and grow Supply Chain Professionals – at all levels of their careers.

Per a recent article shared by SupplyChainBrain,

"The most important business improvement is not technology but an upgraded workforce. In a world of increasingly large and complex supply chains, technology, digitalization and automation often grab the headlines, and are presented as the solutions to the challenges that come with these huge networks. In such an environment, it can be easy to look past the importance of people in improving business efficiency and profitability. However, Lionel Taylor, managing director of Trade Advisory Network, believes that “the most important new development in any business is not technology — it is an upgraded version of your workforce.”...

This means that the latest app or technology might look good, but a lot of the time it’s not relevant to those markets at that point in time. What these businesses are always interested in, however, is training the workforce and building capacity. These businesses often face skills gaps, and don’t have the resources in house to solve them.

Regardless of which sector your business operates in — whether it be universities or banks — keeping up to date with current trends and practices is no longer a choice, but a necessity. Having a better-trained workforce is also a differentiator in a market where everyone is competing to have the latest and most impressive digital platform."

Your APICS Milwaukee Chapter is here to help you upgrade yourself and your workforce! We offer a variety of educational programs like the ones below proven to help companies reduce costs and improve ROI. Our globally recognized certifications have also been proven to help supply chain professionals earn more throughout their careers.

All classes are taught by local Supply Chain experts and experienced professionals to help you get certified in 2019!  APICS Milwaukee chapter members receive discounts on all certification programs – click here to join today

Click the links below to reserve your seat!

  • Supply Chain Workshop SeriesWe've selected the 6 most relevant topics to be delivered on Tuesdays starting July 16th through August 20th as Half-Day Workshops to help you improve your skills, reduce your company’s costs and improve ROI. Each workshop will be taught by a certified APICS instructor and is only $169 per person!

 

 

  • CPIM Part II – The second part of the CPIM certification workshop designed for comprehensive professional development and exam preparation for CPIM certification. Class starts: 10/3/19. Member Price: $1,475 Non-Member Price: $1,595.

 

  • CSCP (Certified Supply Chain Professional): The CSCP designation is the most sought-after certification by supply chain professionals around the globe seeking to achieve mastery and recognition in their field. Class starts: 9/4/19. Member Price: $1,750 Non-Member Price: $1,995.

 

  • CLTD (Certified Logistics, Transportation and Distribution): The CLTD program helps you demonstrate in-depth knowledge of a broad range of supply chain logistics topics to set you apart from your peers. Elevate awareness, professionalism, and knowledge/skills of Logistics, Transportation & Distribution practitioners. Class starts: 9/18/19. Member Price: $1,750 Non-Member Price: $1,995.

 

APICS Milwaukee is the premier professional association for supply chain management, helping over 180 Milwaukee area companies represented by our members, with educational and networking opportunities.    

For additional information, contact your local APICS Milwaukee Chapter via our website at: http://apicsmilw.org to learn more about our certifications and the value of membership.  We look forward to hearing from you and helping you upgrade your talent in 2019.

APICS Certified Professionals Proven to Earn More

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Would you like to earn more? Now is the time to consider getting an APICS certification that not only will help you improve your skills, but has also been proven to help you earn more throughout your career.

Your APICS Milwaukee Chapter is hosting instructor-led classes starting in September 2019 to help you get certified in 2019! More details on the upcoming classes are below.

Per the 2019 Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM) Supply Chain Compensation and Career Survey Report, a research report comprised of data from more than 1,700 U.S. supply chain professionals, “the median salary for people with at least one APICS certification is 25% higher than those without.”

The key findings from the report included:

  1. SALARIES ARE ON THE RISE: The median salary for supply chain professionals in 2018 was $80,000, up from $78,000 in 2017. Annual average raises increased to 4.2%, up from 3% in 2017. Respondents who supervise others reported significantly higher salaries.
  2. JOB STABILITY IS STRONG: Most respondents stayed with their current companies. Over half remained in their current position, nearly a quarter were promoted and 13% moved laterally within their company.
  3. FAVORABLE WORK/LIFE BALANCE: Nearly all respondents receive holiday pay and 80% have three weeks or more of paid time off. More than half are offered flexible schedules and can work from home if needed.
  4. GENDER SALARY GAP CLOSING: The gap between men’s and women’s salaries appears to be narrowing, especially for those under 40.
  5. JOB SATISFACTION: An overwhelming majority of respondents are very or extremely satisfied with their jobs.
  6. APICS CERTIFICATION PAYS OFF: The median salary for respondents with at least one APICS certification is 25% higher than those without a certification.

The globally recognized APICS certification programs below are being offered by APICS Milwaukee starting in September 2019. All classes are taught by local Supply Chain experts and experienced professionals to help you get certified in 2019!

APICS Milwaukee chapter members receive discounts on all certification programs – click here to join todayClick the links below to reserve your seat!

  • CPIM Basics (Certified in Production and Inventory Management) – The perfect introductory course for production and inventory management personnel and CPIM candidates. This is the recommended first course in the APICS CPIM program.
  • CPIM Part II – The second part of the CPIM certification workshop designed for comprehensive professional development and exam preparation for CPIM certification.
  • CSCP (Certified Supply Chain Professional): The CSCP designation is the most sought-after certification by supply chain professionals around the globe seeking to achieve mastery and recognition in their field.
  • CLTD (Certified Logistics, Transportation and Distribution): The CLTD program helps you demonstrate in-depth knowledge of a broad range of supply chain logistics topics to set you apart from your peers. Elevate awareness, professionalism, and knowledge/skills of Logistics, Transportation & Distribution practitioners.

 

APICS Milwaukee is the premier professional association for supply chain management, helping over 180 Milwaukee area companies represented by our members, with educational and networking opportunities.    

For additional information, contact your local APICS Milwaukee Chapter via our website at: http://apicsmilw.org to learn more about our certifications and the value of membership.  We look forward to hearing from you and helping you earn your certification in 2019.