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APICS Twin Cities Chapter Newsletter

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Fall Seminar: Adaptive S&OP 
Presented by Carol Ptak and Dick Ling
October 23, 2018  |  DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis - Park Place


Carol Ptak and Dick Ling take you through Adaptive S&OP, the strategic component of the Demand Driven Adaptive Enterprise Model. Adaptive Sales and Operations Planning is the integrated business process that provides management the ability to strategically define, direct and manage relevant information in the strategic relevant range and across the enterprise. Market Driven Innovation is combined with Operations Strategy, Go-to-Market Strategy and Financial Strategy to create strategic information and requirements for tactical reconciliation and strategic projection to effectively create and drive adaptation.


This immersive one day seminar led by Carol Ptak and Dick Ling will expose senior leadership to:
  • The basic history of S&OP and its primary objectives
  • The prerequisites of relevant information in order to put a company on a path of growth
  • The inability and failure of conventional approaches to produce relevant information
  • An organizational framework called the Demand Driven Adaptive Enterprise Model
  • The seven elements of Adaptive S&OP
  • How to begin to implement the DDAE Model
This seminar is designed for executive teams looking to dramatically change the trajectory of their organization and overhaul the way the business connects strategy to operations and operations to strategy.
Registration Deadline: 5:00pm on Thursday, October 18, 2018, or until Sold Out! 

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Member News

 Check out the Certification Comparison Chart Now! 

Check out this webinar:

"Which APICS Certification is Right for You?” 

Supply Chain is where it's at...

Check out these current articles that we found quite interesting and relevant:

SUPPLY CHAIN NEWS: Will Autonomous Trucks and Drivers Happily Co-Exist? - Supply Chain Digest

The Lean Thinker - check out Mark Rosenthal's blog!

APICS Salary Survey Confirms Supply Chain Management’s Rising Compensation - Supply Chain Management Review

Thinking Supply Chain - check out the APICS Blog - Insights, analysis and ideas to advance your supply chain. Join the conversation.

Feel free to share your interesting reading on our LInkedIn page

Chapter Management Excellence is an integral component to enhancing the member experience. Successful APICS chapters provide their members with opportunities for stellar education, career development, and networking.

The APICS Chapter Benchmarking and Reporting (CBAR) program recognizes chapters that have exceeded minimum standards and exemplify excellence in overall chapter management. We are proud to announce the APICS Twin Cities Chapter received the 2016 CBAR Platinum Award designation, an admirable accomplishment for an APICS chapter. As a member of an APICS Platinum Award Winning Chapter, the CBAR designation signifies your chapter’s commitment to providing an exceptional membership experience. APICS Twin Cities Chapter has been recognized with this award for the past 23 consecutive years!




We are pleased to make the benefits of APICS student membership even more accessible to our future leaders in the industry!


Discover Which Program is Right for You!

APICS offers a variety of education, certification, and endorsement programs to enhance your professional career and improve your organization’s bottom line. Whether you need to streamline your supply chain, master the basics of materials and operations management or build your knowledge in logistics, transportation and distribution, APICS has the right program for you.

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Calendar of Events

  • CPIM Certification Review Part I: Monday afternoons, 1-5pm, 7/9/18 thru 8/13/18, 6 weeks, Registration Deadline - 6/22/18
  • Demand Driven Supply Chain Fundamentals (2-day Workshop): Wednesday & Thursday, 7/18 & 7/19/18, 8am-5pm, Registration Deadline - 7/11/18
  • Fall Seminar - Adaptive S&OP with Carol Ptak and Dick Ling: 10/23/18, 8am-4pm, Registration Deadline 10/18/18


>Link to the Events Calendar.

Learn about:

CPIM - CSCP - CLTD - Continuing Education - Inv Mgmt - IHE -Seminars


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Welcome New Members

June 2018:

FirstName LastName Company
Adam Oknich  
Errin O'Sullivan  
Maggie Rouleau Ciranda
Babatola Agboola  
Matthew Matson Dunwoody College of Technology
Casey Schwan  
Mylene Villanueva  
Andy Voigt APICS Learning Systems
Ash Pereira Sapient
Cassie Weyland All Flex Inc.


May 2018:

FirstName LastName Company
Sam Alders  
Joshua Cagle  
David  Fuad  
Evan  Kolker  
Kyle Prins Harland Medical Systems, Inc.
Kelly Simonson Clear Edge Filtration Group
Dave Steindl  
Shawn  Stam  


April 2018:

FirstName LastName Company
Kedric Curtis  Ecolab
Leakhena Ly All Flex Flexible Circuits
Junior Martinez All Flex Flexible Circuits
Destinee Mashl Wurth Adams
Shaun O'Hara Metro Hardwoods
Christian Olson  
Eric Reddy  
Daniel Ruenger  
Danielle Schouviller  
Jordan Tanck Graco Inc.


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Congratulations Newly Certified Members


June 2018
  • Melissa Kovtun, CPIM - Cargill
  • Joseph Hessing, CPIM - Fabcon Precast
May 2018
  • Melissa Casey, CPIM - Zero Zone
  • Richard Barger, CPIM - Suburban Manufacturing
  • Myrna Coello, CSCP
  • Christopher McCaffrey, CLTD - 3M
  • Gerald Vetsch, CPIM - J&B Group
  • Katelyn Moon, CSCP - CH Robinson
  • Kedric Curtis, CSCP - Ecolab
  • Misty Clark, CSCP - CyberOptics Corporation
  • Ryan Semrow, CSCP - CH Robinson
  • Shawn May, CSCP - 3M
  • Kyle Gearman, CSCP - SPS Commerce

April 2018 

  • Gerald Vetsch, CPIM - J & B Group 
  • Shawn May, CSCP - 3M 
  • Ryan Semrow, CSCP - CH Robinson 
  • Misty Clark, CSCP - CyberOptics Corp 
  • Kedric Curtis, CSCP - Ecolab 
  • Katelyn Moon, CSCP - CH Robinson 


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THE UN-COMFORT ZONE with Robert Wilson

Here's What You Need to Change the World
the tipping point is closer than you think.

I recall, back in 1995, trying to decide whether or not to get an internet account. I only knew two or three people who had them. Email sounded like a cool idea, but you still needed to pick up the phone to get in touch with someone. (Remember when the question was: “Do you have an email address?” instead of: “What is your email address?”) Getting on The Net seemed like a good idea for my writing business, especially for purposes of research. I just wasn’t sure it was worth the money. Back then you bought time on the World Wide Web by the hour, and it was deducted by the minute. If you downloaded a file that was too large, you might use up your entire monthly allotment. I really wanted it, but I needed to justify spending the money.

My justification arrived after a phone call with a new client. A magazine publisher in Texas wanted me to write some articles for him. During the conversation, he said, “I only work with writers who are on email.” I made my decision in that moment. The publisher called me back the next day and said he forgot to ask for my email address, by which time, I had one.

Not too long after that I went to see the movie Braveheart. When I got home I wanted to know more about William Wallace, so I went onto Netscape and searched the Web. I found an article about him on the website of a library in Scotland. I was so excited to be getting information from such a long distance away that I called my wife into my office to show her.

When I look back on it I wonder, if I had not had a business reason to be on the internet, how long would it have taken me to do it. According to Everett Rogers, who created the diffusion of innovations theory, the tipping point for mass market acceptance of an idea occurs when 15% to 18% of the participants in a social network have tried it first. So, if we consider Dunbar’s Number of 150, which (as stated by anthropologist Robin Dunbar) is the number of stable relationships one person can have; I would’ve gotten on the internet when about 25 of my friends had done it first.

Other research, however, says it might have taken fewer people. As reported by scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, it only takes 10 percent of the population to create a shift in opinion. If those 10 percent hold an “unshakable belief,” it will always be adopted by the majority of society.

“When the number of committed opinion holders is below 10 percent, there is no visible progress in the spread of ideas;” said professor Boleslaw Szymanski, Director of the Social Cognitive Networks Academic Research Center at Rensselaer, “Once that number grows above 10 percent, the idea spreads like flame.” As an example, Szymanski references the Arab Spring in Tunisia and Egypt, “In those countries, dictators who were in power for decades were suddenly overthrown in just a few weeks.”

As a rule people do not like holding unpopular opinions, they feel more comfortable belonging to the majority. This is probably a throwback to our caveman days when acceptance by the clan or tribe meant the difference between surviving or not.

As few as two people can change the opinion of a third person. Sameet Sreenivasan, another researcher at Rensselaer, found that if a test subject heard an opinion or belief from one person, he or she would not accept it, but if it was heard from two people, the subject would adopt it as his or her own.

Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point, says, “The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire.” He compares it to how a single sick person can start a disease epidemic like the flu.

A good example is the American Revolution which was far from a majority. At most one-third of the colonists supported the revolution. But it was actually fewer than that. Only 3% actively fought the British. 10% provided material support to the soldiers. Another 20% preferred the revolutionaries but did nothing to sustain them. At the same time, one-third of the colonists supported the crown; while another third were indifferent to either side. By the end of the war there were actually more American colonists fighting for the crown than for the revolution. And, yet the rebels succeeded.

The world is a marketplace of ideas, opinions, and beliefs. When the next new trend comes around, will you be an early adopter or will you wait for consensus? Perhaps it will be your idea that will spread like wildfire - so be careful with your next social media post - it may go viral!

Robert Evans Wilson, Jr. is an author, humorist/speaker and innovation consultant. He works with companies that want to be more competitive and with people who want to think like innovators. Robert is the author of ...and Never Coming Back, a psychological thriller-novel about a motion picture director; The Annoying Ghost Kid, a humorous children's book about dealing with a bully; and the inspirational book: Wisdom in the Weirdest Places. For more information on Robert, please visit www.jumpstartyourmeeting.com.

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The Flagship Conference from the Premier Supply Chain Association

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