March 2017 Print

From the President

Hello APICS Members!

In February I attended the APICS Great Lakes District Student Case Competition.  This is an annual Supply Chain competition where students from the APICS Great Lakes District competed using a web-based game that rewards collaborative decision making based on the results of a company’s Return on Investment.  Twenty-four schools participated in this event, each team had 5–6 students.  At one point during the weekend, one of the Speakers asked the 120+ students how many were Supply Chain or Operation Management Majors? Most of the students raised their hands.  Then the Speaker asked the Supply Chain professionals, how many had Degrees in Supply Chain or Operations Management? Few hands went up. 

This Speaker was making the point that Supply Chain is a relatively new and growing field.  There is a great need for Supply Chain Professionals, and this field is changing rapidly.  Therefore, we must continue to learn to remain competitive.  This month’s PDM gave us insights on how to stay competitive.  The PDM was a Continuous Improvement Case Study of the Eder Flag Company.  The speakers were Jenie Sherrer, Warehouse and Distribution Manager at Eder Flag Manufacturing in Oak Creek; and Gary Kerslake, Supply Chain Consultant with Kerslake & Associates.  The topic was how Continuous Improvement increased Eder Flag’s Inventory Accuracy, improved Productivity and increased Sales.

If we measure the positive impact of a Presentation by the quality and quantity of the follow up questions, then this PDM hit the Target.  I found myself comparing what Eder Flag is doing to what my Company is doing.  I was happy to validate many of the ideas presented, and it seemed to me that many of the attendees were doing the same.  In addition to Jenie, we also had in attendance Jodi Goglio, the COO of Eder Flag; she participated in the Question and Answer session.

You will not want to miss the March 8th PDM, 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 showcase a plant tour as we 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

Tour of Beyond Vision



1. Safety glasses are required for the tour.  They will be provided.  Feel free to bring your own if desired.

2.  Parking.  There is street parking as available.  Saz's has given permission to park in their lot.

3.  This event will begin with the tour.  We will have breakfast and discuss what we have seen after the tour.  Try to be early.

Beyond Vision is a 501 (c) (3) self-funded, not-for-profit company with the mission to enrich the lives of people who are blind through the dignity of work valued by customers and the community.

Beyond Vision has offered manufacturing services to customers in the area since 1903 and has been ISO 9001 certified since 2002. Over the past 100 years, Beyond Vision has expanded to offer fulfillment, assembly, packaging and customer care services. During your tour, you’ll learn how the use of 3D printing technology, screen readers, lean manufacturing philosophies and poka-yoke techniques make all of these services possible with employees who are blind. 

Beyond Vision serves customers that include Briggs & Stratton, Harley-Davidson, GenMet, Caterpillar, Oshkosh Defense, RB Wagner, GE and the Federal Government. Join us on March 8th to learn what these customers already know about Beyond Vision’s capabilities. And to enjoy a great networking breakfast!

To learn more before your visit – go to WWW.BEYONDVISION.COM

CLICK HERE to register for the March 8th PDM.  All events require advanced registration.


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Breakfast Roundtable


April 05, 2017
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

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

The topic for the April Menomonee Falls Breakfast Roundtable is:


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

CLICK HERE to register for the April 5th Roundtable.  All events require pre-registration.




The April Brookfield Breakfast Roundtable will be replaced with:  Plant Tour of Thermo Fisher Scientific -- REGISTER EARLY AS SPACE IS LIMITED

Thermo Fischer Scientific

April 12, 2017
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Thermo Fisher Scientific 
2202 N. Bartlett Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Topic: "Lean in Action"

We will discuss various elements of LEAN as implemented by Thermo Fisher Scientific.  Please join us for this month's tour, discussion and breakfast; and earn 1 CEU.

CLICK HERE to register for the April 12th tour.  SPACE IS LIMITED -- FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED.  All events require pre-registration

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

Eder Flag - "Maintaining our Legacy with Continuous Improvement"

Eder Flag 1

We had a good turnout and lively discussion at the February PDM: "Eder Flag Continuous Improvement Case Study."  Gary Kerslake, CSCP, Supply Chain Consultant with Kerslake & Associates, LLC, conducted a "process improvement" brainstorming session with senior management and created a list of improvement suggestions.  They determined that the highest priority item at the time was to increase Picking and Packing throughput time.  They selected a CI team comprised of both internal and external department people.  Gary conducted a 5S Workshop with the CI team; and selected and prioritized action items that needed to be addressed.  They created the Work Plan with accountabilities, start dates and target completion dates.  They gathered performance data; and reviewed the Action Plan on a weekly basis.

They received very strong support from the COO, Jodi Gaglio, who also showed her support by attending the PDM and made herself available as part of the Q&A.

Jenie Sherrer, Warehouse and Distribution Manager, explained that very noticeable organizational and efficiency improvements were made in the Picking and Packing area.  Other benefits included: educated the CI Team on how to conduct a cause & effect analysis; established an improved format for communication; and re-energized the culture to one of Continuous Improvement.

Eder Flag 2

With a 20% increase in sales, Eder Flag has only needed to add one person to their picking and packing workforce. Inventory accuracy has improved with the addition of a Lead Inventory Stocker.  Picking productivity has improved by 25%; Packing productivity has improved by 15%.

Eder Flag PDM


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APICS Membership Categories

APICS offers two membership options for supply chain, logistics and operations management professionals based on your individual goals: CORE and PLUS. 

We recommend the APICS PLUS membership if you plan to pursue an APICS certification or are working to maintain your certification. 

APICS CORE membership

With an APICS CORE membership, you’ll gain access to industry tools and resources necessary to expand your supply chain knowledge and grow your professional network. 

  • Education and events -  Enjoy discounts on local events and seminars. Members also receive discounted registration for the APICS annual conference focusing on end-to-end supply chain solutions.
  • Global connections - Attend events at a local chapter or take advantage of online networking opportunities to connect with a global network of supply chain professionals. 
  • APICS magazine - Keep up on the latest news and trends with our essential publication. Members receive a free subscription this industry-leading supply chain publication.
  • APICS Dictionary - Expand your industry vocabulary with 4,800 supply chain, logistics, and operations management terms and definitions. 
  • Career resources - Advance your career with access to our members-only job board, mentor center, webinars, career planning resources and more! 
  • Research reports  - Stay on the cutting-edge with research reports that include analyses and best practices. 


APICS PLUS membership 

APICS PLUS members receive all the CORE benefits, PLUS:

Certification savings - Whether you're just beginning your journey toward CPIM, CSCP or CLTD certification or need to maintain and retain knowledge, save money on study- tools and exams for your hard earned credential.

Once you've decided what Membership Category is right for you, become part of the world's most vibrant and engaged community of supply chain professionals!

CLICK HERE to learn about the different APICS membership categories.



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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 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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News from APICS National

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

Recent Blog post:   Keeping Tabs on Critical Supplies


Whether you work in a medical facility, a warehouse, a production facility, or even in an office, it’s important that you have the right tools to do your job and serve your customers. Consider this description of the purpose of inventory from the APICS Operations Management Body of Knowledge (OMBOK) Framework: “Inventory's primary purpose is to meet demand in support of production or customer service. Inventory is an expensive asset and needs to be carefully managed and controlled.” The APICS OMBOK goes on to note that a critical facet of inventory management is keeping inventory in up-to-date, usable condition. 

CLICK HERE to read the entire post and to follow the APICS Blogs


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Networking & Job Opportunities

Click here to check out current job opportunities.

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