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APICS Twin Cities Chapter Newsletter

This newsletter has the latest news and updates for 2020.

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Professional Development Meeting

November 2020 Virtual Professional Development Meeting

Supply Chain Operations - University Ticket Sales (SCOUTS)

A Virtual Interview with: 
Zachary Czubakowski, Director of Ticket Operations
University of MInnesota

Thursday, November 19, 2020, 5:30pm

 Virtual Networking & Fireside Chat

Join APICS Twin Cities as we explore alternative supply chains and expand our experiences.  Chapter President John Melbye will lead the journey of discovery with Zach Czubakowski as we unwrap the Supply Chain of University Ticket Sales.

Link to meeting details and registration page.

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Member News

Congratulations alyssa rinelli!

Recipient of Thomas Hoffman Scholarship Award at the University of Minnesota!

We congratulate Alyssa Rinelli, this year's recipient of the Tom Hoffman/APICS scholarship. Alyssa is a senior at the University of Minnesota double-majoring in Supply Chain & Operations Management and Management Information Systems because she is passionate about helping businesses transform and improve their entire supply chain while enabling available technologies.

Alyssa is a passionate supply chain problem solver who has a wide range of experiences spanning across the world and industries. She started her career at General Mills as a freshman and has since had the opportunity to travel the world with SAP in their digital supply chain and direct spend group to work with customers on their toughest supply chain problems. One of her favorite experiences was getting to lead a supply chain design thinking session in Singapore with top Asian companies.

This experience led her back to Singapore where she studied Supply Chain and Business with an Asian Focus at Singapore Management University, ultimately landing an internship there. While she could not complete her internship due to COVID, she remains focused on returning to Asia for work.

Alyssa aspires to continue to help companies with their toughest supply chain problems post-graduation and is excited for the future opportunities to do just that. 

Welcome Central Minnesota apics Members!

APICS Twin Cities Chapter recently added the Central Minnesota Chapter's members to our community!  We extend a warm welcome to our colleagues in the St. Cloud, Alexandria, and northern Minnesota/Red River Valley areas. We also are pleased to welcome the Student Members from the St. Cloud State Univeristy Student Chapter.  These are our future supply chain leaders!  While we currently are limited to virtual events during the pandemic, we plan to continue events/activities in these areas as soon as it is safe. 

We look forward to making lasting connections with all our members and welcome your feedback, ideas, and thoughts about the future of the local chapter's activities and engagement.

Exciting chapter news!

Your APICS Twin Cities Chapter leaders are in the process of transitioning to a new organizational structure that will allow us to be more responsive to the changing needs of our members.

To learn more, watch the full introduction from John Melbye, Chapter President here.

Navigating the Impact of the Coronavirus

We’ve compiled several resources to help organizations navigate through this crisis. Bookmark the COVID-19 Resource page for the latest updates, resources and news.

2019-20 Chapter Recognitions/Awards

APICS Twin Cities Chapter Board of Directors would like to thank everyone for their membership. One of our challenges this year was to recognize more of our members who show a commitment to excellence and to the chapter, rather than trying to narrow it down to one individual. In that spirit, we would like to further recognize a few categories.

Categories Include:

  • 30+ Year Members
  • Attendance Awards at Chapter Programs
  • Outstanding Instructors
  • Company Recognitions

See the full list of Chapter Recognitions for 2019-20 here.

Congratulations to the Winners!


One of the changes under the new ASCM organization is the expansion of learning opportunities via partnerships with cutting-edge thought leaders.  ASCM/APICS and the Demand Driven Institute is the first of these partnerships.  The Twin Cities Chapter is among the first North American APICS Chapters to offer Demand Driven Certification Programs.  DDMRP is a proven methodology to manage the chaos created by constant changes in demand and the limits of traditional MRP planning.  It has been proven (in companies both large and small) to improve customer service, reduce lead times, reduce inventory, lower total cost, and change the focus of plannners from reacting to continual MRP nervousness (ie putting out fires) to anticipating and managing priorities. 

If you haven't taken the time to learn more about it, NOW is the time!  Visit the Demand Driven Institute's website to learn more and view the testimonials and case studies of numerous companies.  Contact the Twin Cities Chapter for more information.

We are offering Demand Driven Workshops locally NOW! 

Check out one of our workshops or contact us to talk about doing an on-site workshop for your team!   

Upcoming Local Demand Driven Events:

NEW!  Local Mentorship Program

Mentorship is a proven approach to advancing in one’s career, particularly for those new in their field or place of employment. Mentorship goes beyond training and education by helping newcomers navigate through the sometimes confusing or complex situations they can face. Mentors and mentees can be of any age or career stage.

Link to Details about the mentorship program!

We are currently seeking new mentors as well as mentees!

Supply Chain Industry News

Supply Chain Digest

Supply Chain Management Review

NEW! Supply Chain Illustrated - check out John Melbye's blog!

ASCM Insights - ASCM Blog

Feel free to share your interesting reading on our LInkedIn page

new for 2020!  Instructors on Demand!

Recognizing that our Chapter Instructors have additional value to offer Our members, we have developed three opportunities to utilize our instructors to enhance the learning experience.



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

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Calendar of Events

>Link to the Events Calendar.

Learn about:

CPIM - CSCP - CLTD - Demand Driven - Continuing Education - IHE - Seminars

Did you know that APICS Twin Cities Chapter can bring any of our Workshops, Courses, and Seminars to your organization on your schedule?  Contact the Chapter Office to inquire:  763-413-2513 or Natalie Dietz at [email protected]


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Congratulations Newly Certified Members

Erin Kochendorfer, CPIM - November 2020

Brian Nevison, CPIM, Versa Electronics - October 2020

Benjamin Newberg, CLTD, Nonin Medical Inc. - October 2020

Shawn Stuttgen, CSCP - September 2020

Harlan Baxter, CPIM - September 2020

Germaine Benemile, CSCP - September 2020

Gabriel Isa, CSCP - September 2020

Wyatt Johnson, CSCP, CH Robinson - September 2020

Lisa Adams, CPIM - August 2020

Fidel Gonzalez Barrueta, CPIM - August 2020

Phillip Koch, CPIM, Emerson - August 2020

Brian Leach, CPIM, 3M - July 2020

Jason Napp, CSCP, CH Robinson - July 2020

Rebecca Dahlen, CSCP,  Land O'Lakes - July 2020

Laura Kraupa, CPIM - June 2020

Luanne Lavalle, CPIM - June 2020

Jeffrey Hall, CPIM - June 2020

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Welcome New Members

October 2020:

  • Scott Cumming, PHS West
  • Hannah Dickinson, Polaris
  • Ramon Gonzalez
  • Joshua Hobbs, Polaris
  • Darin Lantz
  • Brett Murphy
  • David Preston
  • Greg Skluzacek
  • Tyler Smith
  • Nathan Smith, Pentair
  • Michelle Stueland
  • Ibssa Yadassa, 3M

September 2020:

  • Meenakshi Alajangi                                                       
  • Mohammed Al Hasan                                                                      
  • Muhammad Anwar Ul Haq                                                                 
  • Sushmitha Bethi                                                                      
  • Awais Bilal, Saint Cloud State University
  • Christina Braaten                                                                      
  • Alexander Briesemeister, 3M
  • Takeecha Calloway                                                       
  • Dawn Dalsin
  • Timothy Decklever                                                                       
  • Miezan Echimane                                                                      
  • Ejiakhianghe Ereghan                                                                      
  • Robert Hall, Camerons Coffee
  • Thor Hansen                                                       
  • Nicolas Hauge                                                                      
  • Alex Heiselman                                                                      
  • Gabriel Isa, CSCP
  • Aakash Joshi                                                       
  • Aayush Joshi                                                       
  • Taha Babar Kaimkhani                                                                    
  • Venkata Kajjam                                                                      
  • Jagadish Kodiganti                                                                      
  • Pravallika Kolluru                                                                      
  • Courtney Kongevick                                                       
  • Anitha Kotha                                                       
  • Gwen Manning                                                                      
  • Mikyle Mason                                                                      
  • Jessica Mukazi Ngango                                                                    
  • Kavya Pokuri                                                       
  • Smitha Ravikumar                                                                      
  • Anusha Reddy                                                                      
  • Prashant Sharma                                                                      
  • Tyler Smith                                                                      
  • Ruchika Soni                                                                        
  • Travis Swanson                                                                      
  • Mounika Telukuntla                                                       
  • Swetha Tummala                                                                      
  • William Tyler                                                       
  • Peter Varughese                                                                      
  • Jeff Wenz, Chandler Industries

August 2020:

  • Chad Acker
  • Somchai Chitpasong
  • Sambit Dutta, Ecolab
  • Lynnsey Hoffmann
  • Jeison Morales, St. Cloud State University
  • Jeremy Morrison
  • Ruchir Patel, Fujitsu America
  • Alex Sinnen

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President's Report

Life's Little (or not so little) Challenges


The challenges of a pandemic have reached us all.  And the examples are endless.

Some struggle to manage the remote learning scenarios of their children.  Some are faced with having to work on-site in a safe manner.  Some aren’t sure if or how they will survive financially.  And hundreds of other scenarios.  Stress, depression, and an overwhelming sense of being lost. These things are real.

What used to be a simple task (go fix your mother’s coffee machine) has become an exercise in creativity and resource utilization.  We can’t just run to the senior living facility to handle a complaint. We can’t just visit anyone without first thinking about who we might impact, or who might impact us.

Shaking hands and hugging have become fist bumps and elbow knocks.  Many of us cannot quite get used to having to grab a mask before heading to the grocery store.  It is hard to adjust.

One thing we have in common is that we all are trying to adapt.  We all are doing our best. And though we may have different challenges, none of us have sidestepped the challenge of 2020.

None of us wants to be the conduit that causes another person to get sick.  And none of us wants to stay away from people we love.  The resulting conflict is stressful.

Being human may be harder, but we still can greet our neighbor.  Just because the smile is hidden behind a mask, you can still smile.  Give a phone call to those you miss or those who miss you.  The people you got used to seeing everyday are still reachable.  Can you pick up groceries for those who are less mobile?  Can you figure out how to give some positive reinforcement to a kid, who is more confused than ever as to why this is happening?

As we reinvent ourselves and develop our new daily routines and even slowly try to bring back some of the old routines, let’s remember that we’re all in the same storm.  We might be struggling to deal with it gracefully.  Or we might totally forget to take a deep breath when we should.

Empathy. Respect. Humility.  I remember my Aunt used to say, “There but for the grace of God, go I.” As I get older, the meaning becomes clearer.  And remembering it becomes easier.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

John Melbye, CSCP, DDPP, DDLP
APICS Twin Cities

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THE UN-COMFORT ZONE with Robert Wilson

master fear of change with these tips

You can't stop change; all you can do is prepare.

When I was a kid, I hated Burger King. I hated it because they put sweet pickle relish on their regular hamburgers, and I hated sweet pickle relish. And, they put mayonnaise on The Whopper, and I hated mayonnaise. And, I know what you're thinking... “Why didn’t I get the fish sandwich?” Well, they put tartar sauce on that, and you know what tartar sauce is? It's sweet pickle relish mixed into mayonnaise. I was doubly screwed.

Now some of my younger readers are probably thinking, “Why didn't I just ask them to make a plain hamburger?” Back then, they wouldn't do that. I remember my Dad asking them to do that once, and they flat out refused. You have to understand the mentality of the fast-food industry back then, the key word was FAST. They worked up a recipe that MOST people liked and prepared the food EXACTLY that way. If you wanted something different, you could go down the street to the diner where they had short-order cooks, and you could WAIT.

Then one day in 1973, I heard the most beautiful song on the television: "Have it your way, have it your way. Have it your way at Burger King. Hold the pickles, hold the lettuce. Special orders don't upset us. All we ask is that you let us serve it your way!"

I heard that, and cried out, “Mom, Dad, can we go to Burger King?” They looked at me like I was out of my mind (but they hadn’t heard the commercial).

Meanwhile, McDonald's was laughing (along with all the other fast food chains), because they thought Burger King was wasting its time and money. In their opinion, there was NO WAY anyone could individualize food orders and still be FAST - it could NOT be done. Besides Burger King was having to retrofit their kitchens and hire additional employees. It simply did not make sense to BK’s competitors.

It didn't take long, however, before they realized Burger King was robbing them of market share. Then all the fast food chains - not just the hamburger restaurants - adapted and followed suit. Burger King’s organizational change forced a transformative change on the market - one that caused an entire industry to change the way they were doing business.

The problem with change is that it makes most people anxious or worse - afraid. It’s fear of the unknown that does this. Recently my bank was bought by a bigger bank. I was immediately worried because I had been through a merger before with a different bank, and I thought, “Now what hassles am I going to have to endure because of this?” It turned out to be not as bad as I feared. The were some changes that I liked, and some that I didn’t, but the overall transition didn’t take up too much of my time.

Change is inevitable, change is constant, change is what you find underneath seat cushions. What it really does is force us to adapt. We do this all the time in small ways without thinking about it. For example, you get new software for your computer, and you have to learn some new commands. The more you adapt to smaller changes, the easier it is to handle the big ones.

The world is changing rapidly. Automation and artificial intelligence are blazing new trails in technology. Dell Technologies and the Institute for the Future published a report stating, "85% of the jobs that our people will be doing in 2030 haven’t been invented yet." Wow, that’s only ten years away.

Because of all this change, skills such as questioning, analysis, innovation, and creativity, are becoming increasingly important in the workplace. As will a new one called Change Agility which is defined as an individual’s ability to predict and adapt to change. Learning these skills now will prepare you for the future and reduce your fear of change.

The best way to get comfortable with change is with practice. Start by intentionally experiencing new things. Try a new food; take a new route to work; read a magazine on a subject you’ve know nothing about; listen to a different music genre than you usually do; take a class in something you’ve always been interested in. The more you expose yourself to change, the easier it gets when the big ones come along. You’ll have learned the art of adapting, and your change agility will be well conditioned for what’s coming next.

When we understand the differences in the types of innovation, the concept of disruption becomes less frightening. We can prepare ourselves for innovation by becoming more comfortable with change. The easiest way to do that is by routinely exposing yourself to new things and experiences.

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 inspirational book: Wisdom in the Weirdest Places; and The Annoying Ghost Kid a humorous children’s book about dealing with a bully. For more information on Robert, please visit

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