Best investment is in Employee Development

Photo Source: APICS Milwaukee 2019 April Awards Night- Recent Certification Recipients

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

Photo Source: APICS Milwaukee 2019 March Certification Class

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.

APICS Milwaukee #WhyApics: Sydney Loomans Shares Why APICS is Important to Her

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

Sydney Loomans, President of the APICS Student Chapter at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, shares her #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]

APICS Milwaukee Chapter Names Sydney Loomans the Student of the Year

Pictured above Sydney Loomans, UW-Whitewater APICS Student Chapter President

            APICS Milwaukee Chapter named Sydney Loomans the student of the year at their Awards and Recognition Night event on April 24, 2019 for Sydney’s outstanding support of the chapter and her service as the UW-Whitewater APICS Student Chapter President. Sydney is currently an undergraduate student studying Supply Chain Management and Finance at UW-Whitewater.

            Under Sydney’s leadership this past school year, the APICS student chapter offered a different company tour every month, including Sub-Zero Group, Snap-On, Inc., and J.W. Speaker. They brought in guest speakers from Wacker Neuson, C.H. Robinson, Provisur Technologies, Target Distribution Center, and the APICS Milwaukee parent chapter to talk about their career, education, and APICS certifications. They held Excel workshops, had members assisting Supply Chain faculty with research and participated in a national supply chain case competition.

            Before she graduates in the fall, she will be interning at the Target distribution center as an Operations Intern. Sydney loves to travel and is looking forward to visiting several places this summer.          

           At the APICS Milwaukee Chapter, the premier professional association for supply chain management, everything we do centers on inspiring and growing Supply Chain Professionals at all stages in their careers. We are proud to partner with two APICS student chapters at the UW-Milwaukee and UW-Whitewater. Students receive free membership to APICS providing opportunities to learn and network with local Supply Chain experts.  

           For additional information on Supply Chain educational opportunities, upcoming networking events, joining our membership and more, contact us via our website at: http://www.apicsmilw.org, email us at: [email protected] or call Tina Conley at (414) 436-3008.

Industries for the Blind and Visually Impaired (IBVI) – Focused on Their People. Driven by Their Purpose.

Photo: IBVI

Simon Sinek’s famous book Start With Why, states, “All organizations start with why, but only the great ones keep their why clear year after year.”  

At Industries for the Blind and Visually Impaired (IBVI), a Wisconsin-based AbilityOne® supplier and distributor, they know their purpose and their why. The company’s success is a testament of the commitment to their mission—to create more jobs for the blind and visually impaired.

IBVI is driven by that mission and inspired by the pride, passion, and commitment to excellence that their employees display every day. After all, their employees make them who they are, and they make it possible for them to provide the best, most cost-effective supplies that are made with a true purpose. This includes the capability to produce custom tool kits, retail kitting and packaging, which allows their customers to be more uniquely prepared in their industry. At IBVI, they can tackle any job—no matter how large or small.

Per their website, their mission is straightforward—distilled into five simple core values:

  1. Create and grow employment opportunities for people who are blind or visually impaired.
  2. Provide the best, most cost-effective supplies and friendly customer service.
  3. Be the leading voice in educating businesses on how to create, design, and build accessible workplaces for the blind and visually impaired.
  4. Balance job creation, capital investments, and profitability while meeting or exceeding Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) requirements supported by an ISO 9001 Standard and Quality Policy.
  5. Create an open, collaborative environment that fosters innovative business ideas, engages employees, and adds a true sense of belonging.

At IBVI, more than half of their workforce is blind or visually impaired. Because of this, they are committed to continuous improvement, including using adaptive technology to produce goods that exceed FAR and ISO 9001 standards. Their mission is supported throughout their supply chain by working with the National Industries for the Blind (NIB) and suppliers with a similar focus on the blind and visually impaired.

Every new customer and every new order provide IBVI with the opportunity to create more jobs for the blind and visually impaired. They currently have four locations including West Allis, Janesville and two locations in Menomonee Falls, one being a 98,000 square foot facility that opened in November of 2017. The company recently added a new 45,000 square foot facility in Menomonee Falls to better support their kitting business.

We encourage you to learn more about IBVI and their proven model of focusing on employees and product excellence to deliver results.

Your APICS Milwaukee Chapter is a non-profit association with a mission to serve Supply Chain professionals and their companies in the Milwaukee area. IBVI is a sponsor of APICS Milwaukee, helping us continue to serve the Milwaukee area with quality educational and networking programs.

For additional information, contact us via our website at: http://apicsmilw.org or via email at: [email protected]