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November Professional Development Meeting

November 20, 2019
5:45 PM - 8:00 PM

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Infusino’s Banquet Hall
3201 Rapids Drive
Racine, WI 53404
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November Professional Development Meeting

 The use of Artificial Intelligence to help the Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP) citizens title,

Neil Johnson and Sameer Prasad


Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been applied to large corporate systems to optimize their supply chains. In this presentation, Neil and Sameer will explore different types of AI methods that are applicable for supply chain management, and then explore how they can be used to uplift the very poor by focusing on productivity improvements and network efficiencies. In this study, Neil and Sameer will demonstrate the applicability of AI for the informal sector in India. 

Neil Johnson is an executive consultant and a doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. Neil founded the boutique consulting firm Johnson Consulting in 1997 to deliver world-classed business resiliency consulting to clients worldwide.  Past clients include IBM, Accenture, United Airlines and W.W. Grainger.  Neil‘s doctoral research develops artificial intelligence techniques to improve resiliency and efficiency in supply chains. Neil is a veteran with 28 years of military service. 

Sameer Prasad is Professor of Supply Chain Management at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. He is the area coordinator for the Supply Chain Management group. Sameer has published extensively in the area of quality management, international operations, supply chain management, and inventory control. He research has appeared in several outlets including Journal of Operations Management, Decision Sciences, European Journal of Operational Research, OMEGA, and so on. Sameer is a board member of India Development Service. 


Smarter health care networks in rural India

Samuel Agen, Christina Gehring

Sodhana Charitable Trust has set-up a primary health care network in nine villages in rural India. This health system takes advantage of self-help groups. Our team developed an integrated database systems giving the ability to pull health care analytics. The health care analytics incorporates a GIS system and seasonality to predict inventory stocking levels.

Reducing spills in a Milwaukee distribution center. 

Jacob Puccetti, Dustin Owens

Informed recommendations through the extraction of KPI metrics, which will support a Multinational in implementing changes in their quality data gathering to reduce the frequency of spills and other defects in their Milwaukee Distribution Center.

Improving Intra-company product flows

Elijah Aponte, Joseph Fretchel, and Shawna Stowers

Working with the multinational’s Milwaukee, Sheboygan, and Port Washington, WI production/distribution centers to create an operational model to adjust intra-company flows to promote efficiencies, and reduce late or missed deliveries. The creation of a model to standardized the ordering process to increase efficiency and reduce discrepancies and miscommunication between the respective locations. 

Reducing Sheboygan Falls’ Late Deliveries
Adam Colby, Evan Sigmund
A Sheboygan Falls manufacturing plant has a capacity constraint where not all items manufactured can be packaged and distributed and sent to customers directly. To alleviate this constraint, bulk materials are transported intra-company to a Milwaukee facility to be repackaged then distributed to individual customers. As a result of this flow pattern, some orders are failing to meet scheduled delivery dates. A solution to this problem is examined through the lens of push/pull relationships, technological upgrades, and standardization of organizations processes.

​​Reallocation of inventory

Nicholas Birenbaum, Brian Sheahan, Jack Ludke 

A distribution facility in Lavalle, WI, is being shut down, and its operations are being reallocated to other distribution centers in the USA. The inventory in Lavalle needs to be moved to the new locations within 90 days. This movement needs to be strategically planned to ensure a very high degree of service by not missing any customer orders.

5:45 PM - Registration & Networking

6:15 PM - Networking

7:00 PM - Program

Racine/Kenosha APICS Members  $0.00

Guests  $10.00

Students  $0.00