President's Report


This is an exciting time for APICS.  As an organization, we are growing and becoming more relevant than ever.  The APICS 2018 conference was held early last month and some big changes were announced.  Keep your eyes open for information regarding ASCM, the Association for Supply Chain Management.

Our next Professional Development Meeting (PDM) of the year is taking place next week on November 14th.  Details can be found in this newsletter.  I hope to see you there.

Phil Cwik, CPIM



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Calendar of Events

Please save the date for the Professional Development Meeting schedule below.  If you have PDM topic ideas or leads for speakers you would like to see, please send to

 Professional Development Meetings (PDMs)


November PDM -  Migration Flows: The role of Push and Pull.

In Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America we are seeing millions of individuals leaving behind their communities and embarking upon dangerous journeys to greener pastures elsewhere. The decision made by individuals or families to leave their local communities, and travel vast distances to reach foreign destinations requires a degree of pressure being exerted at both the originating and destination localities. This pressure is the result of push factors at the originating locality and the pull factors in the destination locality. Push factors include lack of opportunity, lack of services (health care & education), discrimination, violence and even climate change. On the other hand, pull factors include safety, access to resources (housing, education, healthcare), a higher standard of living, freedom of expression and safety. If the imbalances between the originating and destination localities are significant, and individuals/families are able to overcome the transit costs, barriers and risks, we see an increase in the flow of migrants. In this presentation, I will discuss push and full factors and examine migrant flows from Myanmar into India, Mali into Western Europe and Guatemala into the US.


Students from UW-Whitewater will also be providing poster presentations comparing the supply chain networks in various countries relative to the US. See below for details.


About the Presenter:


Sameer Prasad is Professor of Supply Chain Management at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. He has published extensively in the area of quality, supply chain management, and international management. His research has appeared in outlets such as Journal of Operations Management, Decision Sciences, etc. Currently, Sameer is the president of IDSUSA.ORG, a non-for-profit organization dedicated to helping the very poor in India.


We will also be having three poster presentations by Supply Chain students from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.


Ensuring rapid delivery and customization for the European market: A study of a US-based appliance maker’s global supply chain strategy.

By: Jack Ludke, Avery Pomasi, Nick Recknagel, Sam Sommerville & Colin Tessner


In this study, the potential of establishing manufacturing and distribution centers in Italy to service the European Union is explored. The model builds upon a US supply base. Specific supply chain drivers in the model include quality, lead-time, customization, and cost.



Setting up an integrated supply chain in Bangladesh: The case for Crocs.

By: Jerod Bennett, Hieu Dang, Ethan Kern, Matthew Puetz & Connor Schneider


In this study, students examine how an international shoe company can potentially create a supply chain network to service the Bangladeshi market and compare it with the existing US network. The analysis includes looking into the setup of distribution and production centers in Bangladesh and international sourcing decisions. Economic and geographic factors underpin this study.


Creation of an Australian production and distribution network for a US cheese supplier.

By: Joseph Crouse, Andrew Dannehl, Dustin Owens, Joshua Radloff & Mitchell



In this study, a strategic supply chain model is created for a US cheese supplier seeking to enter the Australian market. This analysis first maps out the current US network including raw material sourcing, receiving, inventory management, warehousing, production, and shipping. This US supply chain is then benchmarked relative to a possible new network in Australia. Furthermore, intra-company shipping from the US operations into the Australian network is explored. The intra-company international shipping includes encapsulating global logistics, transportation modes, tariffs, regulations and cultural dimensions in the analysis.



Future PDMs:


    January 16, 2019

    February 18, 2019 (Joint Meeting with Milwaukee Chapter)

    March 20, 2019

     May15, 2019


CPIM PART II AND CSCP will be offered in Spring 2019

Plan for it and budget now. 



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Are you interested in advancing your career by continuing your supply chain education?  Consider the APICS certifications for:

  • Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP)
  • Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM)
  • Certified in Logistics, Transportation, and Distribution (CLTD)

CSCP focus is on the end-to-end supply chain. It looks at topics relevant to your own organization as well as your customers and your suppliers. CPIM, alternatively, is more focused in-house on topics that include materials management, master scheduling, forecasting and production planning.  CLTD is also more focused within logistics, transportation, and distribution.  Learn more at APICS.ORG

For more information on our class offerings, including the latest schedule & pricing, please visit our website RAKEAPICS.ORG and click on ‘Education.’  Our intent is to offer certification review courses for each of these certifications. Please email us if you are interested and when we have enough interest to hold a class, we will schedule the dates.

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Welcome New Members

We'd like to offer a warm welcome to our newest members!  Our chapter is currently 142 members (135 Professional and 7 Students)
            Aaron Michaels - Student
            Cahliah Harris - Student
            Joshua Fugate - Student

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Board Meetings

Board meetings are held once monthly to go over chapter progression, discuss upcoming events, and introduce new business along the way.

Members are always welcome to join our board meetings. Please contact the chapter president at for time and location.

  • November 7, 2018
  • December 5, 2018
  • January 9, 2019
  • February 6, 2019
  • March 6, 2019
  • April 3, 2019
  • May 1, 2019
  • June 5, 2019

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Job Listings

Looking for a job in supply chain?

Check out the Jobs Board on our website!  These postings advertise local employers looking for supply chain talent.

Are you a recruiter?

Consider posting your openings to our site!  Listings are free and can give as much detail as you'd like.  Copy forward job descriptions or simply add a link to your organizations site.

One new Job Listing added this month.  LINK TO JOBS BOARD

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Social Media Updates

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