November 2018 Print

From the President

Wes Parker, 2018|2019 APICS Milwaukee Chapter President

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, at APICS Milwaukee we are grateful for our members and all your support throughout the years. I'm proud to say that over 30% of our members have been with us for 10+ years including some over 40 years! 

Also, thanks to everyone who was able to attend our November professional developmental meeting last week where we got to hear from Sandra Smith, Founder and President of Insight Talent Solutions speak to, "The War on Talent & Supply Chain." We had a robust discussion, validating the 2018 Third Quarter Manufacturers' Outlook Survey that stated, “73.2% of Manufacturers cite the inability to attract a quality workforce as their top challenge.  

We also had some productive breakfast roundtable talks on today's hottest topics such as understanding blockchain technology and ensuring your business is ready from a capacity management perspective.  

We are thankful to continue our work with students at UW Milwaukee, UW Whitewater, and Marquette University. An important part of our mission is to spark students' interest in supply chain methodologies through case competitions, internships, resume reviews, mentoring, and more. We are looking forward to hosting events and participating in student APICS meetings in the months ahead to assist with the workforce of the future.   

Finally, I'm excited to announce new CPIM Basics & CSCP certification training programs starting on January 9th

We are hosting a FREE Informational Breakfast to help supply chain professionals determine which certification is right for them on Friday, November 30th. I will be there, as well as our local APICS instructors, and some recent students to share on their APICS certification 2018 experience. I'm proud to share Luke Huffman's note below on how the certification helped him in his career. 

Thanks for being a part of APICS Milwaukee Chapter. Please let me know if your company would be interested in hosting a tour to showcase your products and processes. We also offer extensive training programs onsite where companies are looking to get groups of individuals trained at once. 

Looking forward to hearing from you or connecting at our upcoming Informational Breakfast on November 30th.  

Best Regards,

Wes Parker

President – APICS Milwaukee Chapter

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Next PDM Event


January 16, 2019
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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

January is half over and most companies have completed their annual strategic planning efforts. Great! Now what?

A brilliant strategy is only useful if it's deployed well. In my new book, It's All About the How, I outline a step by step approach to assist in the successful execution of strategies. As a consultant, I love to help turn plans into actions.

A key component to delivering your plans this year is to ensure they are adopted by your employees. Assuming your employees are aware of your plans, consider if there have been any complaints regarding a new initiative or process. This would certainly be one indicator of many that they have not adopted it yet and strategies without employee support are doomed to fail.

So how do you get them to support your plan? The good news is there are many ways to gain employee adoption. Come join us to learn three simple approaches you can begin implementing right away.

5:30pm  Registration

5:30 - 6:30pm  Food/Drink/Networking

6:30 - 7:30 Presentation

7:30 - 8:30 Food/Drink/Networking

Teri Giannetti, MBA

Sr. Consultant and Founder of It’s All About the How Consulting, LLC

Highly skilled management consultant with over 20 years of expertise across industries. As a business executive in financial services, Teri led national teams and successful initiatives that improved processes and delivered results.

With a Six Sigma black belt, Teri applies a proven approach for identifying opportunities for growth, developing strategic plans and delivering results through effective execution.

She has developed and executed plans achieving various business goals such as revenue growth, improved employee productivity, reducing costs and increased customer satisfaction.

As a consultant, she now helps business managers and leaders achieve their goals with better implementation tactics as outlined in her recent book, It’s All About the How, A Practical Guide for Executing Business Strategies. 

“In It’s All About the How, Teri Giannetti provides a thorough, structured approach to help leaders move from initial ideas to successfully delivering their products to their customers.” Dr. White, Co-author, The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace and Author, The Vibrant Workplace


$25.00 APICS-Milwaukee Members

$35.00 Non-Member Guests

$0.00 APICS-Milwaukee Student Members

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PDM Review

Founder and President, Insight Talent Solutions

Sandra Smith is a leading expert in Recruitment Strategy, Human Resource Consulting, Pre-Employment Assessment, and Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO), with more than twenty-five years of experience in recruiting and executive placement. In her career, she has gone from corporate recruiting for Rockwell Automation and a technical consulting firm to founding Insight Talent Solutions. With a background in tech sales and recruitment, Sandra’s placement areas of expertise include Supply Chain, Information Technology, Logistics, Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Robotic Process Automation (RPA).

You can connect with Sandra Smith at SANDRA@INSIGHT-ITC.COM. To find out more about her story and recruitment solutions, check LinkedIn HTTPS://WWW.LINKEDIN.COM/IN/TALENTBYSANDRA/ and HTTP://INSIGHTTALENTSOLUTIONS.COM

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Free Informational Breakfast


November 30, 2018
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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

APICS Informational Breakfast

Please join us for a free informational breakfast detailing how you and your organization can improve its bottom line through supply chain management process improvements. 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 Management. 

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast

8:00 – 10:00 a.m. Presentation


  • Introductions
  • APICS Milwaukee Chapter Overview
  • Supply Chain Fundamentals Education
  • Value of APICS Certification – Luke Huffman, CSCP (2018), Supply Chain Manager, Glue Dots International
  • Certification Programs: CPIM and CSCP
  • Top 10 Value Drives for APICS & Certification – Tim Wild, VP Global Supply Chain, Briggs & Stratton
  • Wrap Up/Q&A

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Holiday Party at The Thirsty Duck


December 05, 2018
5:45 PM - 8:15 PM

The Thirsty Duck
11320 W Bluemound Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226

Duckpin bowling has made a resurgence in recent years and it's time for the Chapter to get in on the trend. While duckpin lore states that the game originated on the East Coast at the turn of the 19th century, the real story is that the game was actually created by accident by an Operations Manager in Milwaukee who was hired by a bowling alley owner who wanted to create a more "lean" version of the game.

To celebrate this Operations Manager's role in the creation of this fine game, please join the Milwaukee Chapter of APICS for our Chapter Holiday party as we enjoy several games of duckpin bowling at the Thirsty Duck in Wauwatosa. The Chapter has lanes reserved from 6pm to 8pm. Food & drink will also be provided.

The Chapter is also looking for Lane Sponsors for this event! These $100 sponsorships include signage of your company at the event and on 1 bowling lane, recognition on all marketing pieces of the event, and also includes 1 registration fee.


$15.00 APICS-Milwaukee Members

$30.00 Non-Member Guests

$15.00 APICS-Milwaukee Student Members

$100.00 Event Lane Sponsor

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Breakfast Roundtable


December 05, 2018
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM


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


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


December 12, 2018
7:15 AM - 9:00 AM


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

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

Bryan Bode

Kyle Boehnen

Benjamin Bradley

Devin Conrad

Josh Deitrich

Kyle Dethloff

Danya Feige - American Cable & Electronics

Jasmine Garza

Damien Harris

Tamara Kemnitz - ACS Auxiliaries Group

Sandeep Kumar

Alyssa Landenberger

Cory Markwardt

Tricia Ohm

Thomas Roth - ACS Group, Inc.

Andrew Suvaka

Claire Talbot

Barb Tharp

Tracy Vogt

Evan Waltz

Keaira Wright

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Education: APICS Certifications

Which APICS Offering is Right for Me?

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Certification Class Schedule

January 09, 2019
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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

This is the perfect introductory course for production and inventory management personnel and CPIM candidates. This is the recommended first course in the APICS CPIM program. It will cover four areas:

  • Business-Wide Concepts – will cover Supply Chain Fundamentals, Operating Environments, and Financial Fundamentals
  • Demand Management – will cover Market Driven, Voice of the Customer, and Demand Management
  • Transformation of Demand into Supply – will cover Product and Process Design, Capacity Management, and Planning
  • Supply – will cover Inventory, Purchasing Cycle, and Distribution


Courses offered on Monday's and Wednesday evenings from 5pm-9pm

  • January 9, 2019
  • January 14, 2019
  • January 16, 2019
  • January 21, 2019
  • January 23, 2019
  • January 28, 2019
  • January 30, 2019



$1,195.00 Guest Ticket

$1,075.00 Member Ticket

January 09, 2019
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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

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. Professionals who have earned this designation are highly pursued by employers and recruiters. Lead by APICS-certified instructors, our CSCP exam preparation program offers you the opportunity to interact with peers while learning from highly knowledgeable instructors. This designation is ideal for professionals who are interested in increasing their knowledge and expertise in the field of global supply chain management, and who are interested in consulting or facilitating supply chain functions or working with enterprise resources planning (ERP) systems.

Employees who earn the APICS CSCP designation can:

  • Strategically streamline operations by developing organizational expertise.
  • Effectively manage global supply chain operations by the knowledge gained in the program.
  • Increase workplace efficiency.
  • Create consistency and foster collaboration by best practices, common terminology, and corporate-wide communication.


Class Schedule (Wednesday 5:00pm - 9:00pm):

  • January 9, 2019
  • January 16, 2019
  • January 23, 2019
  • January 30, 2019
  • February 6, 2019
  • February 13, 2019
  • February 20, 2019
  • February 27, 2019
  • March 6, 2019
  • March 13, 2019



$1,750.00 Member Ticket

$1,995.00 Guest Ticket


March 04, 2019
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

  • March 4, 2019
  • March 6, 2019
  • March 11, 2019
  • March 13, 2019
  • March 18, 2019
  • March 20, 2019
  • March 25, 2019
  • March 27, 2019
  • April 1, 2019
  • April 3, 2019



$1,475.00 Member Ticket

$1,595.00 Guest Ticket

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APICS National

Implications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution


An article earlier this week from The Wall Street Journal tells us we are in the midst of the next industrial revolution, the fourth of its kind, as predicted by Klaus Schwab in 2016 during the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, which he founded. Mobile internet, automation and artificial intelligence are what’s fueling this revolution.

“In the two years since Prof. Schwab’s talk, those trends have gone into overdrive,” writes Christopher Mims. “The sudden ramp-up of technologies ranging from phone components to wireless networks to data centers points to a new kind of automation, more pervasive and smarter than ever before seen. It affects every industry, not just manufacturing, logistics or transportation and is unique in the degree to which it is affecting while-collar as well as blue-collar workers.”

Mims himself predicts the economic and political ramifications of this current industrial revolution will be similar to the impact outsourcing and globalization have had over the last 50 years. And, as we’ve experienced in the past, there are winners and losers during these big changes.

For example, industrial robots are taking off, while manufacturing productivity remains level. Likewise, employment in warehouses is booming, while factory jobs are declining because of the increase in automation. Interestingly, e-commerce has created more jobs (like those in warehouses) than have been lost as brick-and-mortar stores close. And, with more smartphones, comes a great need for software development, new platforms, new networks and a variety of components.

“As we think about what jobs we must prepare our children for, we can’t forget that the fastest-growing employment sectors and the biggest skill gaps are currently in technology, and that this will probably remain the case for the foreseeable future,” Mims writes.

Mims highlights the benefits yet to come from autonomous vehicles, in which research investment is skyrocketing. He also lists the tasks that could someday be performed by autonomous robots: from delivering groceries to enabling greater mobility for aging people.

“Critical to the newfound abilities of all this automation is artificial intelligence,” Mims writes. “AI isn’t as dangerous as dystopians like to argue, nor is it as smart. Current AI doesn’t think like people do; it just takes data and finds patterns in it.”

Mims warns, however, that unless companies and governments invest in the research and development needed to maximize the promise of these new technologies, they will fall behind. Likewise, success also depends on attracting the best talent from around the world and educating the future workforce for the jobs on the horizon.

Supply chain’s future

The world is changing fast, and businesses and supply chains are changing with it. On one hand, mobile internet, automation and AI are enabling efficiencies we couldn’t have imagined 10 years ago. On the other, we are challenged to fully take advantage of our resources, while driving bottom-line results. This balancing act is one of the reasons we launched the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM). As we’ve been saying: “We’ve transformed our business to help transform yours.”

As ASCM, we’ll continue to provide the industry-leading APICS certifications and training you’ve come to trust. We’re also expanding to deliver end-to-end professional development and education opportunities through our new global network of thought leadership partners and alliances. I’m excited about these opportunities that will help us help you to harness the true power of supply chain. Find out more here. Also, as these relationships evolve, check out to see how this new ASCM network can help you and your organization. 

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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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