September 2018 Print

From the President

Wes Parker, 2018|2019 APICS Milwaukee Chapter President

Welcome to the Milwaukee Chapter of APICS 2018-2019 program year!  At your local APICS Milwaukee chapter, everything we do centers on inspiring and growing Supply Chain professionals in the Milwaukee area. As a long-term APICS member and supply chain professional, I'm looking forward to leading the effort to help our approximately 500 members representing over 180 Milwaukee companies. 

Thanks to everyone who was able to attend our recent informational breakfast a few weeks ago. I've attached our overview presentation for your reference. 

This year, we will continue to offer a robust schedule of educational, networking and developmental opportunities. Our first event of the year is coming up in just a couple weeks at the Pabst Brewery and Taproom. Come join us on September 25th for a fun tour of the new Pabst Brewery followed by dinner and networking.  A complete listing of our monthly developmental meetings can be found on our events calendar

We also launched CPIM and CSCP certification training programs on September 5th at our NEW location at our chapter offices located at 11801 W. Silver Spring Drive, Suite 200, Milwaukee, WI 53225. We have additional CPIM Part II starting on October 8th and Supply Chain Fundamentals workshops starting on October 11th. A complete listing of all our educational opportunities can be found at on our Education page. 

We continue to offer bi-monthly Breakfast Roundtable Meetings at the Menomonee Falls and Brookfield locations. These are lively discussions of relevant operational topics chosen by the Roundtable participants. Come to hear the challenges and success stories shared by your fellow APICS members from topics such as tariff impacts to talent management. 

We are excited to welcome back our two student chapters at UW Milwaukee and UW Whitewater. An important part of our mission is to spark students' interest in supply chain methodologies through case competitions, internships, resume reviews, mentoring, and more. 

Thanks for being a part of APICS Milwaukee Chapter. I look forward to meeting you or to re-connecting with you at an APICS event this fall.


Wes Parker

President – APICS Milwaukee Chapter


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Next PDM Event

Pabst Brewery & Taproom
1037 W. Juneau Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53233

It wasn’t long ago that Pabst Blue Ribbon’s former brewery in Milwaukee lay dormant, blocks of hollow buildings speaking to the city’s once-proud history as the birthplace of modern brewing and epicenter of beer manufacturing. Today, after millions of dollars in renovations that carefully weave modern creature comforts, state-of-the-art technology, and sustainability into the towering late Victorian architecture without casting aside its unique sense of place, the area is once again beginning to bustle. Boasting new hotels, offices, shops, restaurants, apartments, universities, and, soon, a park, the area is also, at long last, welcoming back the brand that started it all: Pabst Blue Ribbon. Their new brewery, located inside the historic compound’s old chapel, is a proud homecoming. Yet to many Milwaukeeans, it’s as though they’d never left.

5:00 - 5:30pm    Registration

5:30-6:30pm      Tour & Presentation

6:30 - 8:00pm    Dinner & Networking


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Chairman and CEO of Snap-On Incorporated, Nick Pinchuk - Guest Speaker for 2018 Supplier Showcase


October 09, 2018
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Marquette University (AMU)
1442 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53233

Nick Pinchuk is chairman and chief executive officer of Snap-on
Incorporated, and serves on its board of directors. Pinchuk was named president and chief operating officer in April 2007, when he was also appointed to Snap-on’s board. He was elected chief executive officer in December 2007 and subsequently chairman in April 2009. He joined Snap-on in 2002 as senior vice president and president of Snap-on’s Worldwide Commercial and Industrial Group.

Before Snap-on, Pinchuk was president, global refrigeration operations, a multi-billion dollar business unit of Carrier Corporation, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation. Prior to that, he served in executive, operational, planning and financial capacities within Carrier and United Technologies, including: president, Asia-Pacific air conditioning operations; global vice president, strategic planning; and chief financial officer, Carrier International Corporation. Before joining United Technologies, he was with the Ford Motor Company, where he held various financial and engineering positions. He also served in Vietnam as an officer in the United States Army.

Pinchuk received an M.B.A. from Harvard, and master and bachelor of science degrees in engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He currently serves on the board of directors of Columbus McKinnon Corporation; on the board of directors for the National Association of Manufacturers; on the Board of Trustees of the Manufacturer’s Alliance or Productivity and Innovation; on the Senior Advisory Board of the Syracuse University School of Management; and on the Board of
Trustees of Carthage College.

Pinchuk is an outspoken leader on workforce development and technical education and careers. Recognizing his role in the formation of our nation’s technical education agenda, the Career and Technical Education Foundation named Pinchuk National Business Leader of the Year in 2011. SkillsUSA named him Champion of the Year in 2012, recognizing his extensive support for the growth of a skilled American workforce. He was inducted into the 2014 IndustryWeek Manufacturing Hall of Fame. The International Technology and Engineering Educators Association
recognized Pinchuk in 2015 for his far-reaching professional


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PDM Review

This is a unique, no obligation opportunity to engage in a lively presentation with APICS instructors to learn about Certified in Production and Inventory Management(CPIM), Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP),and Fundamentals of Production and Inventory Control.  Special Guest, Tim Wild, VP of Supply Chain for Briggs & Stratton to speak to the importance of APICS Certifications in the workplace.

The Informational Breakfast boasted it's best attendance ever and our dynamic lineup of speakers, gave our attendees all the knowledge needed to choose the right certifications.  This is certainly an event that will continue from year-to-year.  Keep an eye out for notices of our next Free Informational Breakfast.

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Breakfast Roundtable


October 03, 2018
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

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

"BLOCKCHAIN"-Creating immutable end-to-end data visibility into all aspects of a product's lifecycle.

Enjoy stress-free casual conversation about today’s hottest topics and earn points


October 10, 2018
7:15 AM - 9:00 AM

Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel
375 S Moorland Rd
Brookfield, WI 53005

"JBR - Just Be Ready."  This is a capacity management program developed by/for Winco Stamping.

Enjoy stress-free casual conversation about today’s hottest topics and earn points

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Welcome Our New Members

Welcome to our New Members

Jennifer Anderson - Phoenix Products

Shane Berhardt - Urban Manufacturing

Teresa Briggs - Eaton Corporation

Lisa Buchholz

Andrew Cegielski

Kristen Derby

Troy Gierach - PPG

Helen Henderson - Quad Graphics

Jay Herb - Badger Meter, Inc.

Jim Jassoy

Ryan John

Carl Lider

Ryan Mottet - Metal-Era

Anastasia Pjevach - Perlick

Mitch Powers - Kohler Company

David Surtees - Husco International Inc.

Ken Thomsen - Husco International Inc.

Peter True

Matthew Vanek

Don Vanpool

Jory Waldbillig

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Education: APICS Certifications

Which APICS Offering is Right for Me?

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Certification Class Schedule


October 08, 2018
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

APICS Milwaukee Chapter Office
11801 W. Silver Spring Drive, Suite 200
Milwaukee, WI 53225

This is the second part of the new streamlined CPIM certification workshop. This workshop is designed for comprehensive professional development and exam preparation for CPIM certification. It will cover four areas:

  • Master Planning of Resources – will cover Demand Management, Sales and Operation Planning (S&OP), and Master Scheduling
  • Detailed Scheduling and Planning – will cover Inventory Management, Planning Material Requirements to Support the Master Schedule, and Planning Operations to Support the Priority Plan
  • Execution and Control of Operations –will cover Execution of Operations, Control of Operations, Quality, Communication, and Continuous Improvement
  • Strategic Management of Resources – will cover the Business Environment and Developing Corporate Strategy, Developing the Operations Strategy, and Implementing the Operations Strategy


Courses held Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5pm-9pm

  • October 8, 2018
  • October 10, 2018
  • October 15, 2018
  • October 17, 2018
  • October 22, 2018
  • October 24, 2018
  • October 29, 2018
  • October 31, 2018
  • November 5, 2018
  • November 7, 2018


$1,595.00 Non-Member Course Fee

$1,475.00 Member Course Fee


October 11, 2018
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

APICS Milwaukee Chapter Office
11801 W. Silver Spring Drive, Suite 200
Milwaukee, WI 53225

This two-day workshop is ideally suited for employees that support or interact with supply chain and inventory management professionals. It introduces essential vocabulary and skills in identifying and applying the basic principles of inventory management and the impact that these systems have on front-line manufacturing operations. Basic methods of planning and controlling inventory in manufacturing, institutional distribution, and retail environments are covered. Participants will learn to:

  • Recognize the importance of inventory and production control and discover common methods used in industry to achieve operational efficiencies.
  • Discuss common means used to procure materials from suppliers.
  • Discover how manufacturing resource planning (MRP) balances supply and demand for a company.


Class schedule (Thursday 8:00am - 4:30pm):

  • Oct. 11, 2018
  • Oct. 18, 2018

Register now online


$295.00 Course Fee

$295.00 Member Ticket



November 01, 2018
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

APICS Milwaukee Chapter Office
11801 W. Silver Spring Drive, Suite 200
Milwaukee, WI 53225

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A natural extension of Core Fundamentals, this workshop introduces professionals to applications of company-wide planning methods. The tools discussed are used for viewing the “big picture” and assessing the impact of the current schedule on labor and material requirements over a longer period of time. 

Forecasting & Master Scheduling:  November 1st (8:00am - 4:30pm)

  • Forecasting and demand planning is a multi-step operational supply chain manangement process used to create reliable forecasts.  Effective demand planning can guide users to improve the accuracy of revenue, align inventory levels with peaks and troughs in demand, and enhance profitability for a given channel or product.  Focus will be on Sales and Operations Planning, and short and long term forecasting.

  • Master Production Scheduling is the process that helps manufacturers plan which products and related quantities to produce during certain periods.  MPS is proactive in that it actually drives the production process in terms of what is manufactured and what materials are procured.  MPS also serves a bridge to sales as it informs them about what is available to promise customers and when deliveries can be made.  Focus will beon planning stages, purpose of MPs, MPS formats, level scheduling, lean daily management, and MPS benefits.


Bills of Material & Capacity:  November 8th  (8:00am - 4:30pm)

  • Bills of Material is ideally suited for those supply chain professionals who support or interact with product engineering, manufacturing engineering as well as industrial engineering.  It introduces essential vocabulary and skills in identifying and applying the basic principles of bills of material and the impact that they have on planning and scheduling manufacturing operations.

  • Capacity Management is ideally suited for those supply chain professionals who support or interact with production control, manufacturing engineering as well as industrial engineering.  It introduces essential vocabulary and skills in identifying and applying the basic principles of capacity management, as well as the impact on front-line manufacturing operations.

Lean Manufacturing & Total Systems:  November 13th  (8:00am - 4:30pm)

  • Lean Supply Chain is ideally suited for those supply chain professionals who support or interact with any departments involved with the implementation of lean or, continuous supply chain improvement initiatives.  It introduces essential vocabulary and skills in identifying and applying the basic principles of a lean supply chain, as well as the impact on front-line manufacturing operations.

  • Total Systems discusses those aspects of the business that keep us on the straight and narrow.  The focus is less on the mechanics of running a business but on how to maintain and continually improve overall growth, profit and operational excellence.  The focus is more on how to focus your energies and limited resources on winning and staying a winner.  The class will discuss corporate metrics of all forms, that winning companies do to stay winners (Customer Focus).  The class will discuss what winning organizations do in today's Global markets to succeed.

Customize your education!  Each session can be purchased separately for $150 or the package can be purchased for $395.

Register now online


$395.00 Member Package Ticket

$395.00 Guest Package Ticket

$150.00 Forecasting & Master Scheduling: November 1st

$150.00 Non-Member - Forecasting & Master Scheduling: November 1st

$150.00 Bills of Material & Capacity: November 8th

$150.00 Non-Member - Bills of Material & Capacity: November 8th

$150.00 Lean Manufacturing & Total System: November 13th

$150.00 Non-Member - Lean Manufacturing & Total System: November 13th

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APICS National

Lego’s Search for Sustainable Bricks

By APICS CEO Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, CPA, CAE

As the amount of global plastic waste continues to grow, consumer brands are working to offset their waste and pollution. Unilever, for example, plans to make all of its plastic packaging recyclable or compostable by 2025, and both McDonald’s and Starbucks are cutting their use of plastic straws. Danish toymaker Lego also is working to participate in this sustainability trend, but its challenges are much larger than those of other brands, The New York Times reports. It’s not just the company’s packaging that needs to change, but the material in its iconic toy blocks.

The 19 billion Lego elements — the company’s term for its bricks, trees, doll parts and other pieces — produced annually are mostly made of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS). ABS is tough, slightly elastic, has a polished surface, and is created from petroleum. Adding to that, Lego’s production operations emit approximately 1 million tons of carbon dioxide each year, about three-quarters of which comes from the raw materials it uses.

To reduce its carbon footprint, Lego aims to keep all of its packaging out of landfills by 2025 and to eliminate its dependence on petroleum-based plastics by 2030. For the first, the company will stop using plastic bags inside its recyclable cardboard packaging. The second goal, however, is proving to be the challenge.

The company is investing 1 billion kroner ($121.5 million) and hiring 100 people to search for sustainable materials, such as plant fibers or recycled bottles, that would be suitable for Lego production. Although options are expanding, the perfect material for Lego will make bricks that retain the shape and bright color of the brand’s pieces, click together easily, and withstand being washed with a load of laundry or stepped on by an unsuspecting parent, Stanley Reed writes. “In essence, the company wants to switch the ingredients, but keep the product exactly the same.”

So far, the company has tested about 200 alternative materials. It has had some success with polyethylene made from sugar-cane husks, which it already uses to make flexible pieces like dragon wings, palm trees and fishing rods. Unfortunately, this material is too soft for 98 percent of the company’s elements. The other materials tested so far have created elements that break into sharp pieces, are misshapen or pockmarked, or have muddy colors.

Therefore, the search for a sustainable alternative continues. Tim Brooks, Lego’s vice president for environmental responsibility, expects that the hunt for a suitable material and the product redesign process could take years. However, company leaders believe it is well worth the effort. “It is important that we can make a toy that doesn’t jeopardize children’s future,” Brooks said.

Something special is happening in supply chain

Supply chain professionals are at the epicenter of sustainability — ensuring safer materials are used in products, reducing or eliminating waste and much more.  Plus, consumers are demanding more from the products they buy. This is just one aspect of how your jobs and the expectations on you are evolving every day. At APICS, we’re transforming our business to help transform yours. On Sept. 30, we’ll introduce an exciting new development. Learn more at

Abe Eshkenazi

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Make the Most of your Membership

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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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Networking & Job Opportunities

Click here to check out current job opportunities.

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