February 2017 Print

From the President

Hello APICS Members!

I receive lots of e-mails regarding educational opportunities; e-mails detailing all the challenges and opportunities in the Supply Chain World.  The e-mails come with catchy titles to stand out from the crowd.  There are surveys, research inquiries, Universities offering the latest course to help you succeed in your job; there are papers available to download, webinars, etc.

Which leads me to a question that we, the Milwaukee Chapter of APICS, struggle with.  How to reach you?  How to make you aware of all the opportunities we offer?  We strive for a balance on how much communication to send your way without overwhelming you with e-mails that would go unread.

Are you aware of the CPIM Certification changes coming your way?  You may visit for additional information, or make sure to review communication that will be coming from your Chapter. 

In fact, the January PDM, held at Klemmer's Banquet Center, featured Bob Collins, CFPIM, CIRM, CSCP, CLCP.  Bob is the Senior Director of Professional Development for APICS.  He discussed the CPIM Certification and reviewed the Certification Modules and exams under the current system, and under the new; he also explained the timeline for the upcoming changes.  Bob also discussed the latest APICS Certification, CLTD (Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution).   Additionally Bob gave an excellent analysis on what type of Certification we should seek based on our current job and job goals.  CPIM vs. CSCP vs. CLTD.  Overall it was a very educational evening, featuring good food, good network, and an excellent speaker.

The February PDM topic is Eder Flag Case Study: Continuous Improvement.  Learn how Eder Flag was able to apply the principles of continuous improvement to make their already successful business even more successful.  This Case study presentation is sure to give you some ideas on how to make similar improvements in your warehousing and distribution facility.

The March PDM is a plant tour of Beyond Vision; a manufacturing company offering fulfillment, assembly, packaging and customer care services.   Beyond Vision is a company dedicated to providing opportunities for sustainable employment to Americans who are blind.  The April PDM will also be a plant tour, we will visit Hydro-Thermal in Waukesha.

As always, looking forward to connecting with you at the next PDM.

Tere Eckrose

President – APICS Milwaukee


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Next PDM Event

Eder Flag - Maintaining our Legacy with Continuous Improvement

Learn how Eder Flag was able to apply the principles of continuous improvement to make their already successful business even more successful.

Project benefits included:  

  • Establishing an improved format for employee internal communication
  • Educating the Continuous Improvement Team on how to conduct a  “Cause & Effect” analysis
  • Re-energizing the Culture to one of Continuous Improvement
  • The need to add only one person to our picking and packing workforce with a 20% increase in sales.


How did they do it?  

Don’t miss what will be an educational case study presentation that is sure to give you some ideas on how to make similar improvements in your warehousing and distribution facility.

“If you look at our Picking and Packing area today, you’ll see noticeable improvements” stated Jodi Goglio, Chief Operating Officer. 

Who should attend:

Business owners, Manufacturing & Distributing Executives, Warehousing Supervisors, Operations Managers, Supply Chain Professionals and Continuous Improvement Team Leaders. 


Jenie Sherrer photoJenie Sherrer is the Warehouse and Distribution Manager at Eder Flag Mfg. in Oak Creek, WI.  Eder Flag is the largest manufacturer and distributor of both flags and flagpoles in North America. Customers include the military, sports franchises, religious organizations, large retail, sign companies, construction organizations and the internet. Jenie has over 16 years of manufacturing, warehousing and distribution experience.  

Gary KerslakeGary Kerslake, CSCP, is a Supply Chain Consultant with Kerslake & Associates, LLC.  He has worked with several of our nations' leading corporations and government agencies.  Gary previously worked as both a materials manager and plant manager.  He is also an Adjunct Instructor at WCTC and has been both a regional and national speaker for APICS.

CLICK HERE to register for the February 22nd PDM.  All events require advanced registration.

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Breakfast Roundtable


February 8, 2017
7:15 AM - 9:00 AM

Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel  (we have a new meeting room)

375 S Moorland Rd
Brookfield, WI 53005


Please read the attached white paper - "Top 10 Inventory Mistakes and How to Correct Them."

Top 10 Inventory Mistakes

Join us for a casual stress free conversation about this topic. 1 CEU is available.

CLICK HERE  to register for the February 8th Roundtable.  All events require pre-registration.



March 01, 2017
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Radisson Hotel Menomonee Falls
N88 W14750 Main St.
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051

The March topic for the Menomonee Falls Breakfast Roundtable is:

Topic -  "Forecasting, do we need it?  Make Forecasting a Key Business Step with CLEAR ACCOUNTABILITY"

Please join us for a casual stress free conversation and earn 1 CEU.

CLICK HERE to register for the March 1st Roundtable.  All events require pre-registration.

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In Case You Missed It........

APICS: "Your Professional Association for Personal and Business Growth"

APICS Jan 25 PDMAPICS is the global leader and premier source of the body of knowledge in supply chain and operations management, including production, inventory, materials management, purchasing, and logistics.

Our membership is growing, our certifications are the most recognized and successful in our profession including the brand new Certification in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution. 

APICS Jan 25 PDMBob gave the audience the inside scoop on how APICS has grown and changed to better serve Supply Chain, Operations and Logistics professionals, helping them enhance their careers and increase their worth to their companies. 


BOB COLLINS, CFPIM, CIRM, CSCP, CLCP is the Senior Director of Professional Development for APICS. Collins is responsible for certificate on and non-certification courseware and the APICS Instructor Development Program (IDP).

Prior to joining the APICS staff, Collins worked as both a practitioner and consultant in the operations management and supply chain fields, and is a long time APICS member, volunteer and instructor, including Chapter President in 1996 and APICS International President in 2003. He is an experienced APICS instructor and an APICS Master of Instructor Training, having taught over 1200 hours of the APICS CPIM and CIRM courses to companies around the United States and several hundred hours of Instructor Training courses to APICS instructors around the world. He is a frequent speaker at the APICS International Conference and has presented at Supply Chain and Technology conferences in the United States, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, Brazil and Singapore. 

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Certification Class Schedule

Education is at the heart of APICS' mission and the Milwaukee Chapter is committed to providing a strong schedule of classes and courses that will help individuals enhance their professional careers and improve your organization's bottom line. For details on the APICS CPIM, CSCP, & other educational offerings and certifications, please see the Chapter's Education Page on our website.

After listening to our audience, the Chapter has made the decision to switch its classes from weekends to weeknights. Keep that in mind as you are reviewing the available courses and dates. All classes will again be held at Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC). The Chapter is excited to continue its partnership with WCTC and their excellent venue.

Upcoming 2017 Course Schedule:

APICS Master Planning of Resources (CPIM Mod 2) - Begins February 20th, 2017

APICS Detailed Scheduling and Planning (CPIM Mod 3) - Begins March 6th, 2017

APICS Execution and Control of Operations (CPIM Mod 4) - Begins March 27th, 2017

APICS Core Fundamentals - April 5 and 12, 2017

APICS Strategic Management of Resources - (CPIM Mod 5) - Begins April 24th, 2017

APICS Extended Fundamentals - May 3, 10 and 17, 2017

Pre-Registration is required for all classes. All registrations are handled through WCTC's Center for Business Performance Solutions. To see full details on this entire schedule and to register for classes, please go to the Course Registration Page at WCTC.

Please follow up with the Chapter or WCTC directly with any questions on any of our Educational Course offerings.

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Networking & Job Opportunities

Click here to check out current job opportunities.

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News from APICS National

Check out the recently updated APICS National website and follow the APICS Blogs:

Recent Blog post:   Logistics Trends and Challenges


Businesses around the world are reiterating or shifting their priorities as a result of the new US president and expected policy changes. This week, DHL, a provider of international express mail, freight transportation, e-commerce, and supply chain management services, released survey results examining US business priorities for 2017. The survey, which was conducted immediately after the November 2016 US election, was distributed to more than 100,000 DHL customers in the United States.

CLICK HERE to follow the APICS Blogs

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