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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

Septmeber 2020 Professional Development Meeting
Your APICS Board of Directors and Committee Members are processing your feedback from the Member Surveys, assessing our options for member safety due to COVID19 vs. value-added experiences to develop the Programs Calendar for 2020-21.  
Check back soon to learn what's coming up in September!

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Member News

chapter recognitions!

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 is where it's at...

Check out these sites that we found quite interesting and relevant:

Supply Chain Digest

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

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!

images/Instructor_on_Demand-2.pngRecognizing 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.

Your Chapter is Platinum!

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 2019 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 25 consecutive years!

BONUS!  All Student Members attend Professional Development Meetings FREE of charge (a $35 value) thanks to local sponsors: 

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

June 2020:
  • Laura Kraupa, CPIM
  • Luanne Lavalle, CPIM
  • Jeffrey Hall, CPIM

May 2020
  • Janna Mazo, CPIM
  • Margaret Rouleau, CSCP
  • Michael Geiselman, CPIM, CSCP
  • Jaycke Sather, CSCP, StoneArch Logistics
  • Joseph Hessing, CPIM, CSCP, Fabcon Precast

February 2020
  • Keenan Brickson, CPIM, Graco, Inc.
  • Ryan Wisherd, CLTD, Smead Manufacturing

January 2020
  • Taylor Dewitz, CPIM, Donaldson Company
  • Spenser Fauks, CPIM, Starkey Hearing
  • Jason Stark, CSCP, CH Robinson

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Welcome New Members

May 2020:

  • Yana An
  • Matthew Anderson
  • Bradley Ashton, Tennant Company
  • Thomas Boyer
  • Lance Grimm, Target
  • Kendall Hatten, Ecolab
  • David Holmquist
  • Ilir Morina
  • Licia Newulis
  • Stephanie Schaffer
  • Ram Srinivasan
  • Angel Vang

April 2020:

  • Sabah Ahmed, Target
  • William Anderson
  • Patrice Carter
  • Rachel Dahl, University of St. Thomas
  • Kirk Edlund
  • Supaporn Hammerand
  • Anika Hauck, Trimble Transportation
  • Christine Meidinger, Nonin Medical
  • Timothy Meyer
  • Troy Parish
  • Parjinder Singh, Tenthpin Managemetn Consultants
  • Angela Stassen

March 2020:

  • Douglas Ahlgren, University of Minnesota
  • Alan Albert, Travel Tags, Inc.
  • Jessica Anderson
  • David Brandt, DJB Solutions
  • Kristen Butler, Medtronic
  • Eric Chin Uponor Wirsbo
  • Jessica Moore
  • Colin Moriarty
  • Taren Poulton
  • Luigi Priami
  • Kim Rasmussen
  • Michael Shuneson
  • Thomas Vandersloot

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President's Report

Change, Change and More Change

As we look back on the past year, there are memories that illustrate how much things change in what seems like such a short time.  Remember back when we used to meet face-to-face?  Could it really be only four months ago that we met in the same physical space?  Will it be less than another four months before we do it again?  How long ago since we thought we had it all figured out?

Sometimes it takes a while for all the dots to connect.  In other words, for the information to enter our minds, get processed and create the subsequent awareness.  And sometimes, while we are connecting the dots, the dots relocate.

During the past year I realized something.  When we try to sell training, we are not competing with another training program.  We are selling against the idea that training is unnecessary.  When we talk to people about membership, they aren’t deciding to which organization they’d like to belong. They are deciding whether or not to belong to an organization.  When we talk to people about improving their leadership or public speaking skills, they aren’t deciding between Leadership or Change Management.  They are deciding whether or not their leadership or public speaking skills are fine (or at least good enough).

We are mostly fighting against the status quo.  To improve or not to improve?  That is the question.

In a world that is changing faster than ever, it is hard to believe that one would attempt to stand still in terms of learning new things and gaining new insight.  But we must accept that not every learning opportunity offers the same value and benefit.  And we must accept that in a world of constant learning opportunities, ours is not the only choice.  But we must remain committed to building capabilities.

As APICS Twin Cities, we must understand this in order to successfully add value to the careers of our members and to the companies for which they work.  One of the best approaches is to challenge the status quo of our own organization.

During July and August, we will be making a series of announcements and virtual meetings to introduce exciting changes as we re-imagine APICS Twin Cities.  These changes are intended to create several advantages and to help keep pace with the ever-changing world including:

  1. Engage new voices in evolving the chapter value and function.
  2. Create an excitement and buzz around the value of APICS Twin Cities.
  3. Make it easy for members to bring their ideas to fruition and develop their own capabilities.
  4. Build an agile foundation to easily keep pace with changes and new ideas.
  5. Encourage leadership, team building and growth opportunities for our volunteers.

Now, there you have what we call a “teaser”.  Watch your email and our LinkedIn page for more details.

The inspiration for this re-imagining comes from many sources, but at its heart is the spirit of a constant search for improvement.  I am excited to see where this journey leads.  And I’m confident that together we will create an organization ready to tackle whatever the future can throw at us.


John Melbye, CSCP, DDPP, DDLP

APICS Twin Cities

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THE UN-COMFORT ZONE with Robert Wilson

The Movies Have it All Wrong

People are good, despite what you see on TV.

I was driving up I-85 to Raleigh one summer night with my windows down to let in the cool air. My car radio was blasting rock and roll as I sang along. I was on my way to visit one of my buddies for the weekend, when suddenly I heard a helicopter. It was really loud, like it was hovering right over the top of my car. I turned off the radio and stuck my head out the window. It wasn’t a helicopter, I had a flat tire, and at 70 miles per hour the loose rubber against pavement was making a tremendous wop-wop-wop sound. I pulled onto the shoulder.

It was the late 1970s, I was in college, and my hair, blonde and curly, hung down below my shoulders. I had just pulled all the luggage out of my trunk in order to reach my spare tire, when a black pick-up truck pulled over in front of my car. Two guys jumped out of the cab and dashed over to me. The first to arrive cried out, "Oh hell, Ricky, it's a DUDE!" I laughed and thanked them for stopping, then said I had everything under control. I suspect, out of embarrassment, and the need to save face, Ricky shoved me out of the way, and grabbed my tire. He said, “We stopped; we’re changing the tire.” Five minutes of awkward silence passed as I watched them work swiftly, then they left as I reloaded my trunk.

I share this story, partly because it's funny, but mostly because I think it represents how helpful people generally are. Now, I’ve had car trouble on other occasions when the people who stopped to help me, were not lured in by my long blonde locks; they just genuinely wanted to help. The point is, I see people helping other people all the time - in all sorts of situations. It is my sincere belief that nearly all people, despite what’s in the news every day, are good people. With very few exceptions, the average person is a giving, nonjudgmental, peace lover.

Yet, there are so many books, movies, and television shows depicting a dystopian future where the majority of people are evil, looting, raping, enslaving others, and worse. Many of these books and movies, like 1984, and The Hunger Games are written to warn us what will happen if our tyrannical governments continue to grow. Others, like The Walking Dead, The Road, and The Time of the Wolf imply that without government, people will become ruthless predators preying on each other. The message of these narratives is clear, if government breaks down people will devolve into savagery.

I don’t believe it for a minute, if society collapses, people will strive to come together even more, and do everything in their power to keep civilization going. However, movies and books about people helping each other rebuilding homes, planting gardens, sharing stored goods is not nearly as thrilling as having to hide from your neighbors because they will eat you.

I believe the Christmas Truce of World War I, where British and German soldiers on the front line refused to fight and instead played soccer together for a day, is more indicative of what people are truly like. Individuals don’t go to war against each other - their governments do. And, in order to make war palatable, governments create lies and propaganda to induce their citizens to fight.

We are naturally motivated to help others because we have empathy for people. We have all experienced hardship, or will, and it is because we know how it feels to be vulnerable that we want to help others in need.

The average person gives of his or her time and treasure generously. Some, of course, with a little nudging. According to the National Philanthropic Trust, Americans gave $410.02 billion in 2017 which was a 5.2% increase over 2016. NPT goes on to report that approximately 77 million Americans, 30% of the adult population, volunteer their time, talents, and energy to making a difference. It reports that the top four national volunteer activities are fundraising or selling items to raise money (36.0%); food collection or distribution (34.2%); collecting, making or distributing clothing, crafts or other goods (26.5%); and mentoring youth (26.2%).

I suspect these numbers are too low and don’t account for cash donations to individuals, and hours volunteered that seem self-serving, such as, working with youth if the volunteers’ children are involved, i.e., coaching sports, scout leadership, school lunchroom and classroom help, and so forth.

It’s true that prosperity makes people more giving. In times of economic recession people give less money, but still give time. It seems that our governments should be doing everything in their power to enable more wealth creation. Governments, however, don’t create wealth, they take it; but they can create an environment that is conducive to prosperity by meddling less in the economy. But, politicians don’t want to do that because that is where they get their power.

Evil people are rare, although they do tend to be attracted to positions of power which is why so many of these movies predict the rise of tyranny. It seems that too often, when government tries to fix things, it only makes things worse. People have already figured out how to get along with each other in good times and bad. Perhaps the solution to creating more good times - and even more giving and volunteering - is simply less government

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 http://www.jumpstartyourmeeting.com

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