APICS Columbus November 2017 Newsletter 

President's Report

November 2017

Dear Supply Chain professionals,

Thank you to Sally Miller, CIO North America for DHL Supply Chain for presenting at our October PDM. We learned about DHL Supply Chain’s Digitalization process to utilize technology to improve operations. DHL Supply Chain is the world’s largest contract logistics specialist. In the North America region, U.S. and Canada, they have over 30,500 employees, 417 locations, 115 million square feet of warehouses and 235 customers. We were able to see videos of two types of robots being implemented. One that follows a picker, then returns to a station when full and another that allows a picker to stay in one area where the robot will go to the location and display what to be picked. Another video Sally presented was on Vision Picking, utilizing smart glasses that show the location to move to pick and what to pick. Hackathons are being used to promote ideas from Employee teams that can be developed into products. In 2017, North America had 22 teams with 70 participants from not only IT, but HR and Operations. Sally closed the presentation reviewing DSC’s vision: We want to be the supply chain solutions company for the world; we want to be an innovation powerhouse; we want to exploit technologies that will change the way we work and reinvent the customer experience and we want to drive growth through new and disruptive business models.

                Our next PDM is a joint meeting with ASQ, January 9, 2018. Mike Derringer, Area President, FocusCFO, will be speaking on “The impact of quality and process improvement on cash flow.” Inventory turns, gross margin, waste and every process in your organization has an impact on the cash flow of your company. This presentation will focus on those areas and how making a few changes can lead to dramatic improvements in the overall health of your company. To sign up to attend, click: Register Now.

APICS Corporate Updates: Exam scheduling demand increases at the end of the year, please schedule early to ensure you can get your desired date and location. All CSCP candidates who take their exam between 10/1/17 and 12/31/17 will receive a free retake if needed (first time test takers only). Beginning 1/4/18, the certification maintenance program will be updated with new point categories and a streamlined point structure. View the full details. APICS has partnered with Laurel Road to provide members with a resource to reduce the cost of their student loan debt. Learn more and apply online. The newest issue of APICS magazine is devoted to corporate social responsibility (CSR) and the ways supply chain management organizations can use their skills to support the greater good. In the article, “Seven Steps to Sustainable Procurement,” authors Suhas Apte, president of Apte Consultants, and Jagdish N. Sheth, professor of marketing at the Goizueta Business School at Emory University, outline how organizations can implement CSR practices within a supply chain. The webinar will take place on December 7 at 1 p.m. CT, and attendees can earn one certification maintenance point. Click here to register to attend. SCOR 12.0 is here! For 20 years, the Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCOR) model has been the global cross-industry standard for supply chain excellence. It addresses, improves and communicates supply chain business performance. It’s the best supply chain process framework—and it just got better. All APICS members can access the new version of SCOR, and many other great resources, when they log in to My APICS.

Our Winter/Spring schedule will be released soon, let us know if you have interest in CPIM, CSCP or CLTD. Corporations can always schedule in-house courses that meet your requirements outside of the public course schedule. Contact Bill Thurston for public courses or Steve Fedan for corporate education at education@apics-col.org.

Please do not hesitate to contact any of the board members for any questions or feedback.


Burl K Scott, CLTD, CTFL


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Welcome New Members

Welcome New Members:  Derek Esler, Garrett Duncan, Jeremy Komer, Katherine Dion, Yixin Yan, Professional Members;  Brittany Bowers, Young Professional; Angela Zhang, Josh Jirjis and Nicole Zubovich as Student Associates.



Congratulations to our members that have earned their CPIM certifications:  Tina Wicks and Dana Gilmore.  Your accomplishment demonstrates your commitment to your careers.

We would like to thank all of our certified members for their dedication to their profession and their commitment to continuous learning.


Membership TOTAL:

Current Membership Total: 268
Professional Member 140
Student Associate  80
Enterprise Professional  31
Young Professional   10
Academic Professional   5
Retired Member   2

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Educational Offerings

Your Columbus APICS Chapter supports three certification options.  Whether you are intersted in the CPIM, CSCP or the most recent CLTD certifications, we offer review classes to help you acheive your goal.

All of our review classes held on Saturdays between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm with a break for lunch.

In addition to our public classes, we are able to conduct in-house classes at your company.  For more information on in-house classes, please email us at Education@apics-col.org.

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Calendar of Events

Date Speaker Location
1/9/2018 Joint Meeting with ASQ TBD
2/20/2018 TBD TBD
3/12/2018 Joint Meeting with ISM J. Liu Restaurant & Bar


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BOMS Update

The Buckeye Operations Management Society had two professional development meetings in October, hosting both ODW Logistics and Worthington Industries. We were also very grateful to have been able to send 4 members of the Columbus student chapter to the APICS 2017 Conference in San Antonio, as APICS Scholars. At the conference we were paired with mentors from different chapters across the country, learned about the most recent advances in supply chain through speaker series and presentations, and networked with professionals from around the globe. It was an amazing experience, and all of the scholars were very impressed by the size of the national organization as well as its culture of inclusion and mentorship. At the end of the month we will also be having a team-building excursion for our officers.

Looking forward to next month we will be hosting two more professional development meetings before wrapping up the semester.

Thank you,

 Joey Schrettner

 The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business 2019  

 Buckeye Operations Management Society - President & CEO

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