The Platinum Link - The Monthly Newsletter of the APICS Southwest Michigan Chapter

January 2016 Print

President's Report

January 2016


verb re·new ri-nü, -nyü

to make like new :  restore to freshness, vigor, or perfection

Happy New Year! Welcome to January, a time to reflect on what has been and plan for what may be. It’s a time to set goals, make resolutions, and re-organize our offices to make room for fresh, new ideas.

Speaking of fresh, the APICS Western Michigan University Student Chapter is busy preparing two teams for the 21st annual Great Lakes District Student Case Competition. There’s a new format this year centered on a supply chain simulation game called The Fresh Connection. Two preliminary rounds will take place later this month. The top 25 teams advance to the District competition in Downers Grove, Illinois in February. Winners from each district will advance to the world finals, held at the International Conference in Washington D.C. in September. Check out the details at the Great Lakes District site:

The Southwest Michigan Chapter website has been updated with a new look, generously provided by APICS corporate.  See the Chapter website for information regarding our educational offerings and events:

I hope to see you at an upcoming event.


Angela N. DeVries, CPIM

President, APICS Southwest Michigan Chapter 

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Board of Directors

Angela DeVries CPIM
Pfizer, Inc.

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 Mike Manchester CPIM, CPM, CSCP
Past President and VP Education
Pfizer, Inc.
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Viswanathan "Raj" Rajagopal, CPIM, CSCP

VP Administration
Pfizer Inc.
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Jeff Taft
VP Finance and
VP Technology
Blacker, A Dover Company
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Ed Huver, CPIM
CoVP Education
Pfizer Inc.
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Michael E. O'Neill CPSM, CPIM
President-elect and VP Programs
EATON Corporation  269.342.3376
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Federico Conde CPIM
VP Membership
Kellogg Company
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Cindy Troyer CPM
VP Quality
Eaton Corp.
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Phil Ross
VP University Relations
AAM Inc. Three Rivers 269.278.0354
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 Megan McFadden, CPIM
VP Communications
Graphic Packaging International
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Robert Montgomery CPIM
Director at Large
Manufacturing Mgmt. Assoc.

 David Rench
Director at Large 
Manchester Industries


Brian Flahie CPIM
VP Marketing 
Eaton Corp.
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Ashley Moyle
Director of University Relations 
AAM Inc. Three Rivers

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Rian Caldwell CPIM
Director at Large 
AAM Inc. Three Rivers




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Welcome New Members

The Board of the Southwest Michigan Chapter Welcomes New Members

Andrea Allison

Austin Avery

Ana Baker

 Elizabeth Baker

 Lisa Bennet

 Matthew Bresson

 Erin Buytendorp

 Kyle Clark

 Travis Crawford

 Zach Cutshaw

 Corajean Hilton

 Ken Jamison

 Charles Kaser

 Chris Lightfoot

 Lisa McNett

 Deborah McWethy

 Christina Myers

 Jeremy Neilitz

 Bridgetta Ryan

 Juan Santos

 Jason Scheffers

 Jillian Shreve

 Gabe Stille

 Randall Tarantino

 Jacob Vanslembrouck

 Brandon Wagner

 Bret White


 Adam Williams



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Education Corner

APICS Southwest Michigan Chapter Educational Offerings Spring 2016

It may not feel like it at the moment, but Spring is just around the corner.  We have several educational opportunities availiable to help you with your personal or career growth.  We offer a variety of educational offerings to widen your knowledge base or to update your current skills.  The educational offerings that APICS offers are a key benefit of your membership.  They provide valuable knowledge that can help you in your current position or help prepare you for your next position.  APICS certifications can give you a leg up on the competition and are specifically referenced in many job postings.  We encourage you to take advantage of these offerings.

  "Lunch and Learn" Workshops

We have had a very positive response to our ongoing "Lunch and Learn" workshops.  If you haven't taken the opportunity to review the upcoming offerings, please do so.  These workshops are a very cost and time effective way to update your knowledge on various supply chain topics. Classes are held at two week intervals with a new topic each session.  There is bound to be a topic that is relevant to you.  We hope to see you at an upcoming session.

Additional details on the "Lunch and Learn" Workshop series can be found here "Lunch and Learn" Workshops

CSCP March 2016

Our next Instructor led CSCP exam preparation course begins March 23rd.   

APICS CSCP education is essential if you are

  • interested in increasing your knowledge and expertise in the field of global supply chain management, specifically in the areas of customer relations, international trade, information technology enablement, and physical logistics
  • consulting or facilitating supply chain functions or working with ERP systems
  • creating a common standard of understanding, vocabulary, resources, and frameworks within your company to address your supply chain challenges and opportunities.


An APICS CSCP designation will help you:

  • master the necessary tools to effectively manage global supply chain activities, including suppliers, plans, distributors, and customers around the globe
  • acquire the skills you need to create consistency and foster collaboration through best practices, common terminology, and corporate communication
  • understand how to use enterprise resources planning (ERP) systems and other technologies to improve the entire supply chain process
  • maximize your organization's ERP investments by millions of dollars
  • increase your professional value and secure your future.


The new APICS CSCP exam consists of three important modules. The exam reflects critical changes in the marketplace and in the evolving roles and responsibilities of operations and supply chain managers. For accreditation, you must master each of the following:

MODULE 1 Supply Chain Design

  • Develop the Supply Chain Strategy
  • Design the Supply Chain


MODULE 2 Supply Chain Planning and Execution

  • Procure and Deliver Goods and Services
  • Manage the Relationship with Supply Chain Partners
  • Manage Reverse Logistics


MODULE 3 Supply Chain Improvements and Best Practices

  • Comply with Standards, Regulations, and Sustainable Best Practices
  • Manage Risk in the Supply Chain
  • Measure, Analyze, and Improve the Supply Chain

Preview the APICS CSCP Exam Content Manual APICS CSCP exam preparation materials

 For more information on upcoming CSCP offerings, please visit the course info page March 2016 CSCP REVIEW

CPIM March 2016 

We will be conducting a CPIM Module 1 (Basics of Supply Chain Management) exam review course starting March 19 on the Western Michigan University campus.  This will be in a "Fast Track" format meaning the course will be conducted in only 3 sessions.  Theese will be held every other Saturday from 8am-5pm 

A CPIM education can help you to:

  • Increase your functional knowledge of production and inventory management.
  • Improve efficiency across the processes of your organization's supply chain.
  • Streamline operations through accurate forecasting.
  • Predict outcomes more accurately.
  • Maximize customer satisfaction by delivering products and services Just-in-Time.
  • Increase profitability by optimizing your organization's inventory investment.
  • Enhance your credibility among peers, employers, and customers. 


Basics of Supply Chain Management

The basic concepts in managing the complete flow of materials in a supply chain from suppliers to customers are covered in the Basics module. This module covers manufacturing, distribution, service, and retail industries. This includes the fundamental relationships in the design, planning, execution, monitoring, and control that occur. Knowledge of the material in this module is assumed as a prerequisite for the other APICS CPIM modules, which cover similar topics in much greater depth.

Topics include:

  • Understanding basic businesswide concepts, including understanding various supply chain environments
  • Managing demand, including markets and customer expectations
  • Designing products, processes, and information systems
  • Understanding supply issues including inventory costs, functions, and metrics


For more information on the CPIM Module 1 Exam Review class, please Click Here



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New APICS Educational Offering

The APICS Southwest Michigan Chapter is looking into being able to provide the following APICS Principles of Operations Management courses. If you or your company would have an interest in one of these courses or the entire series, please contact our VP Education Mike Manchester.

Here is a brief overview of each course:

The APICS Principles of Inventory Management will impart an operational knowledge and understanding of inventory management principles and techniques, roles and responsibilities, and the impact that inventory can have on a business.

Topics include

  • inventory management fundamentals
  • ordering techniques
  • replenishment policies
  • purchasing management
  • just-in-time and lean methodologies
  • inventory performance measurement.

The APICS Principles of Operations Planning course imparts a fundamental knowledge and understanding of the basic inventory planning principles and techniques that are used at each level in the planning process, from strategic to tactical.

Topics include

  • planning foundations
  • business planning
  • basics of forecasting
  • sales and operations planning
  • master scheduling
  • capacity management
  • operations systems.

The APICS Principles of Manufacturing Management course aims to provide fundamental knowledge and understanding of the core concepts necessary to effectively managing activities related to planning, scheduling, and controlling manufacturing processes.

Topics include

  • manufacturing management fundamentals
  • manufacturing product structures
  • material requirements planning (MRP)
  • capacity planning and management
  • production activity control
  • advanced scheduling
  • lean production management.

The APICS Principles of Distribution and Logistics program will provide fundamental knowledge of operations management and understanding of the core concepts necessary to effectively manage an organization's supply chain.

Topics include

  • operations management foundations
  • introduction to distribution and logistics
  • distribution channel design
  • inventory management
  • distribution requirements planning (DRP)
  • warehouse management
  • packaging and material handling
  • transportation management
  • transportation operations.

The APICS Principles of Managing Operations imparts a fundamental knowledge and understanding of the processes, operations, quality management and process improvement functions needed to run a successful organization. This course is just being released at the end of March and will not be available until later this year.


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Calendar of Events

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Calendar of Events


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Monthly Article

The Paperless Promise

By Dave Turbide, CFPIM, CIRM. CSCP, CMfgE | November/December 2015 | 25 | 6
The internet of things supports sustainable business

As the use of computers became more widespread in business, people expected a dramatic reduction in the need for paper. In theory, data would be available on screen, and there would no longer be a need to create, store, and manage forms and reports. But we all know what really happened. Computers only increased the amount of paper used as vie printed out voluminous reports from all of that additional data that was being generated. The original forms and documents continued to accumulate as backup copies, audit trails, and safety nets to reassure office workers that they could still see, feel, and notate purchase orders, invoices, and spreadsheets.

But a funny thing happened on the way to the internet age. The dawn of the internet of things (IoT) and big data has been accompanied by the emergence of visualization tools and a proliferation of mobile devices that provide quick, easy, and colorful access to data anytime, anywhere. Smartphones and tablets are putting information, analytics, graphical data visualizations, alert messages, schedules, and more into the hands of users wherever they are-which usually is not right next to a printer.

And as more data is automatically gathered by connected devices from the IoT, there actually is less need for forms, reporting tickets, and other types of paper-and-pencil transactions prior to keying in information. Data is more timely and accurate without this human handling, and the paper previously consumed for this purpose is eliminated.

This trend, not limited to manufacturing plants of course, is reducing the overall demand for paper worldwide. Newspapers and magazines are converting to digital formats, many business transactions are moving to fully electronic means, and sustainability-oriented companies are reducing packaging and emphasizing recycling and the use of paper goods made from recycled materials.

All of this is unquestionably good for the forests and natural environment. In addition, many companies also reduced their waste-removal costs by using less paper and even made money selling used materials to recyclers.

Enough companies have adopted these sustainability practices that there is a dramatic change in the paper industry as it adapts to changing market conditions. Lower demand for certain paper products is affecting prices, as is changing availability as suppliers discontinue product lines with insufficient demand. Other types of paper, particularly products with recycled content, are in higher demand, and the supply picture is changing as the industry retools to meet the new demands.

Manufacturers can expect volatility in the paper market as the industry cycles through these changes and suppliers try to adjust to new market realities. Every business strategy shift is accompanied by supply and demand fluctuations that affect engineering, design, and procurement.

To get in front of this change, consider reviewing all paper-based components and packaging within your company and its products, and look for ways to reduce paper or find recycled substitutes. You also can strive toward environmental sustainability by eliminating office paper in favor of on-screen access, data-management and visualization tools, and mobile devices. Take a good hard look at how much of that paper—including copies of purchase orders and invoices, manual receiving logs and tickets, and shop packets—you really need.

Dave Turbide, CFPIM, CIRM. CSCP, CMfgE, is a New Hampshire-based independent consultant and writer, as well as an APICS instructor and Fresh Connection trainer. He has authored six books. published hundreds of articles, and is president of the APICS Granite State chapter. Turbide may be contacted at [email protected]

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Great Lakes District News & Events

The APICS SCOR® Professional (SCOR-P) program enables you to learn techniques for managing and measuring the performance of a global supply chain utilizing the Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCOR®) model.

The APICS SCOR-P program:

  • Establishes in-depth knowledge of the SCOR model and methods
  • Provides real-world techniques for tackling strategic supply chain issues
  • Provides a practical method for evaluating the effectiveness of each course

SCOR-P endorsement demonstrates a commitment to your career and an investment in yourself. By building on your SCOR knowledge, you will dramatically increase your rate of supply chain improvement and performance.

SCOR-P endorsement builds on the SCOR Framework by providing participants with the tools to:

  • Standardize performance metrics
  • Build processes to describe what, where and how activities are performed
  • Create best practices for processes impacting supply chain performance
  • Manage critical supply chain resources for developing and retaining employees

Complete information can be found by clicking Here.

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