Public Announcements


Chapter President's Message

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

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


Burl K Scott, CLTD, CTFL