President's Report


Greetings fellow RAKE APICS members and enthusiasts:

We’ve been having a great year!! The September PDM on Change, with presenters Joseph and Bonnie Knott, was very well received. The October plant tour of U-line was a big hit. We currently have two certification classes underway, CPIM Part 1 and CSCP. And in November, we will have a professional development meeting with Sameer Prasad and his students from UW Whitewater. Check out the newsletter or website for more details.

I hope that you find value in these events and wanted to take this opportunity to thank the board members of your RAKE APICS chapter for making them happen. They have your best interests at heart and do their best to ensure that our chapter is the best that it can be.

Rosemary Van Treeck
VP of Programs/Newsletter

Julie Zachman
Secretary and VP Membership

Heather Schooler
VP Education and VP Marketing

Craig Simpkins

Donald Gillespie
VP of Student Relations


This is a great group of people and I’m proud to be able to work with them to the benefit of all of our chapter members.

You might notice that we have board members covering more than one position. We also have board members that will be retiring in the near future. This is an opportunity for you to get involved. I would like to double the size of our board of directors before the end of the year. This needs to happen to ensure the future viability of our chapter. The commitment is reasonable and mutually agreed upon. It is an exciting opportunity to set the future course of the chapter and continuing to ensure that our chapter is the best that it can be. My contact information is listed below, I look forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,

Phil Cwik, CPIM


RAKE APICS Chapter #302

Office: 1-262-417-1124

[email protected]









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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 [email protected]

November Professional Development Meeting

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

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.


We will 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 Schultz 

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.


Registration for NOVEMBER Professional Development Meeting

Register Now!!

5:45 PM - Registration & Networking

6:15 PM - Dinner

7:00 PM - Program



January 15, 2020 Dr. John Verghese/Manufacturer's Role in Recalls

March 18, 2020 TBA

May 20, 2020 Gary Kerslake/Inventory Best Practices


Check our website for future classes.


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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)


CPIM Part I:

In Process


In Process

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 109  members (102 Professional and 8 Students)
Scott Burrell
Tammy Karg
Tammy Marmes
John Tremmel
Eddie Jones
Whitney Koutny
Chandranshu Mathur

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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 [email protected] for time and location.

  • December 4, 2019
  • January 8, 2020
  • February 5, 2020
  • March 4, 2020
  • April 1, 202
  • May 6, 2020
  • June 3, 2020
  • July 8, 2020

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Social Media Updates

We are on Facebook! Please 'like and share' our page at Racine / Kenosha APICS.

We are also on LinkedIN. Image result for linkedin logo

Here is the link to our Page: 


Racine/Kenosha APICS LinkedIN Page 


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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.



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