APICS Columbus April 2019 Newsletter 

President's Report

April 2019

Dear Supply Chain Professionals,

Thank you to all who came out to a packed j.Liu for a joint meeting with ISM and CO-OPP. Shari Diaz presented the five trends IDM sees shaping the future of supply chain. She addressed how the Supply Chain IT landscape is evolving with the emergence of Multi-Enterprise Business Network and Blockchain.

This month we will have a presentation by OSU Associate Professor Dr. Andrea Prud’homme on the many technologies affecting supply chain management.   Plan on arriving around 5:30 for registration and the presentation will start April 16, 2019 at 6:00PM, follow up in the PDM Section for more details.

Again, this month any member of the Columbus APICS Chapter that has joined or received a Certification within the last 6 months is able to join a PDM for FREE! Please contact Jane at reservations@apics-col.org mentioning the PROMO #newmember or #newcertification to reserve your spot at an upcoming PDM.

As we work through the details of our transition to ASCM, Association of Supply Chain Management, we are working on updating our website and membership opportunities. Please review and if you have any questions please email me at president@apics-col.org.

Again, please check out and like our social media pages on Facebook (@apciscolumbus), Instagram (@apics.columbus), twitter (@apicscolumbus), and LinkedIn (@APICS Columbus).


Adam Korte, CSCP, SCOR-P


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PDM Section

Many technologies affecting, or potentially affecting, supply management have emerged in the past several years. Examples included, Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain, and 3D Printing. It is difficult for supply managers to understand what these technologies are, much less whether or not they should be implementing them in their firms.

In this talk, Dr. Prud’homme will introduce each technology, provide evidence of the extent of their use in practice, and discuss realized and potential benefits and challenges of each. Managers may need to effectively implement these technologies (some sooner rather than later), else they may soon find themselves far behind in efficiency and effectiveness compared to competitors that have done so.


Dr. Andrea M. Prud’homme, CPIM-F CSCP CLTD CIRM is Associate Professor – Clinical at The Ohio State University.  She has also taught at Colorado State University and Michigan State University where she earned her PhD in Logistics and Operations Management. She is actively involved in APICS at both the local and national level, and has held positions on multiple Certification Exam Committees and with the Academic Committee.

With more than 15 years of corporate experience in worldwide supply chain management for companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Advanced Energy Industries and Valor Electronics, her responsibilities have included managing projects for operations in Europe, Hong Kong, China and Mexico.

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Welcome New Members

Welcome New MembersShunshun Qiang, Elizabeth Ruhl, Liping Liu, Beibei Chen, Jeff Brown

Congratulations: Han Yu, CPIM

Welcome Back: Edward Williams

Membership TOTAL:

Current Membership Total:  153
Professional Member  135
Student Associate   33
Corporate Member   8
Young Professional   5
Academic Professional   3
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.

We are currently offering a class/refresher starting April 20th, 2019, please sign up for the class by April 13th, 2019.

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
4/16/2019 Dr. Andrea Prud'homme Dinner TBD
9/10/2019 Speaker TBD TBD
10/08/2019 Speaker TBD TBD


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