September 2020 Print

APICS Twin Cities Chapter Newsletter

This newsletter has the latest news and updates for 2020.

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Professional Development Meeting

September 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!

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Member News

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

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

July 2020:

  • Rebecca Dahlen, CSCP, Land O'Lakes
  • Matt Fassett
  • La Shaun Hilliard
  • Monica Inthathirath, Innovize
  • Thomas Johnson
  • Alisha Knutson, EPICOR
  • William Larsen, EPICOR
  • Ryan Lundigran, CHS Inc.
  • Jonathan Nelson
  • Kristin Schwier-Casey

June 2020:

  • Bryan Baldwin
  • Joseph Golish
  • Varmun Kamara, XPO Logistics
  • Kate Lieser
  • Adam Saffert, Boston Scientific
  • Aditya Sharma, CSCP, Cummins Inc.
  • Grigoriy Stankevich
  • Nicole Stegmeier, Donaldson Company
  • Jenna Thao

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

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President's Report

What is a Supply Chain?


Most of us have heard of Supply Chain due to the recent shortages and struggles due to Covid-19.  But do you really understand what is a supply chain, the complexity involved and how you create one?

Does a supply chain just happen?  Is it simply the picture that emerges after combining all of the disconnected, individual actions related to suppliers, transportation, customs, customer delivery, inventory levels, warehousing and the plethora of other detailed components of supply chain?

Or is a supply chain the result of careful policies and planning, coordinated decisions, and a focused strategy aligning with the business resulting in an improvement in Return on Investment.

My guess is that it’s somewhere in between.  In more siloed organizations, it is closer to the first suggestion.  In companies with a culture of collaboration and strategic alignment, it’s closer to the second suggestion.

The ever-changing world we live in requires agility.  Lightning fast reactions to new information, an ability to see the impact and ramifications of our choices and decisions are more in demand and yet applied less often.  Keeping your finger on the pulse of your industry, technology, market forces and your own company culture is a stressful and challenging job.

How does one “design” a supply chain?  Do you start with today’s existing supply chain and make adjustments?  Or do you start from scratch, design the ideal supply chain and then set about creating it?

How ever you decide to design your supply chain, it requires an intentional effort.  Once you realize the impact that Supply Chain has on your business success, you’ll also realize that this is where you need to focus energy, creativity, innovation, talent and time.

Supply Chain Mapping, Risk Awareness, Transparency and Collaboration are all buzzwords, but sometimes the buzzwords lead you to the right strategic plan.  If we create a Supply Chain Map and then highlight the areas of risk, we stand a chance of informing all members of our company of our current situation which can only lead to better collaboration across departments.

We are all interconnected.  No one single-handedly saves the company or keeps the company in business.  Only by sharing information and understanding the impact that we have on each other will we be able to create the culture of collaboration required for company success.

APICS Twin Cities is a non-profit, education provider focused on Supply Chain and Operations Management.  We also partner with others to bring more skills and more tools to the discussion.

APICS Twin Cities believes that Education, Networking and Community are the cornerstones to success for any company. Improving or adding to your capabilities, making connections for shared problem solving and having a safe zone to raise questions in a supportive community is our goal.

Join APICS Twin Cities today and volunteer to help keep our organization SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE.

APICSTC.ORG or call 763-413-2513 for more information.

John Melbye, CSCP, DDPP, DDLP

APICS Twin Cities

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THE UN-COMFORT ZONE with Robert Wilson

You Have a super power

It's really quite amazing all the things it enables you to do.

Yes, you really do have a secret super power, although it might be better described as a hidden super power since you’re probably not aware of it, which means you’re not using it. Will this super power get you in the next Marvel Avengers movie? Probably not, but it might help you write it.

This super power is amazing because it will enable and empower you to do many things. However, like most “real world” abilities you will have to work at developing it. But, I’ve got to warn you, there are people out there who do not want you to discover this power. In fact, there are quite a few of them. Some of them are your friends and family, your neighbors, your colleagues, your co-workers, maybe even your boss. And, don’t get me started on Uncle Sam.

Why do so many people not want you to discover your power? That’s because if you use it, you might rock the boat. And, what happens when you rock a boat? Yes, people fall out. Then what happens? Now you don’t have to worry about anyone drowning, we’re just speaking figuratively here. But, they will be left behind, and people don’t like to be left behind; it makes them angry and afraid. And, some of them will be eaten by sharks... figuratively speaking that is.

If you develop this power extremely well, some psychologists will say that you have a mental illness, but don’t listen to them. Don’t listen to any of the naysayers because they are just envious. They will envy you because you will recognize opportunities that they will miss. You will handle change like a boss, while they cower in fear. Heck, you’ll even have a better sex life, plus you won’t have to worry about going senile as you get older. No wonder they’re envious.

What is this secret super power? It’s creativity. It is a power you were taught to suppress when you were a child. Because of this many people believe creativity is a gift only some people are born with, but it is actually a skill that can be redeveloped at any age.

You see, instead of being allowed to freely use your imagination, you were trained to conform. You were taught that curiosity is dangerous; that questioning authority and challenging the status quo is antisocial; that listening to different viewpoints is heresy; and that experiencing new things is a waste of time. But if you want to have an innovative mind, you must do all of these.

Innovation is not just for big corporations, it’s for everyone because when you embrace the innovator’s lifestyle and open your mind to more creative-thinking wonderful things will happen for you. There is nothing more satisfying than being enmeshed in the creative process. When you create something you develop self-confidence. The more time you spend in creative activity, the more you will believe in yourself. The more successful you are, the more persistent you become; the more willing you are to take risks; and the more comfortable you become with change.

To develop this skill, this super power, you must learn to get a different perspective, to see things in different ways, so that you can think different thoughts, and come up with new ideas. An idea is simply combining two or more existing concepts/ideas into something new. Your challenge will be to look for connections or patterns where no one has seen one before. If you want to invent a better mousetrap, then start with a goal and work backwards from there to how you might make it happen.

Creativity is a critical skill in today’s constantly changing world. Intel chairman, Andrew Grove described it succinctly and accurately when he said, “Adapt or die.” Change is all about Creative Destruction, which is a term, coined in 1943, by economist Joseph Schumpter to describe what happens when a new technology makes an old technology obsolete. Creative destruction is like a steamroller without a driver heading right toward your business and there is nothing you can do to stop it. You can only prepare. It’s happening faster than ever before and will only speed up. And, if you aren’t changing with the changes going on around you, you’ll get left behind... and probably eaten by sharks... figuratively speaking.

You can start developing your super power today by exposing yourself to new things, new experiences, and different viewpoints. When you have new experiences you lay down new neural pathways in your brain. You open up new electrical connections between your brain cells. In other words, you have expanded your thinking ability and your store of knowledge - which gives you more stuff with which to create.

The more of these electrical connections you create, the less likely you’ll suffer senility as you age. Plus, when you experience new things you stimulate the dopamine receptors in your brain which makes you feel good. When you experience new things with your significant other, you'll rekindle the romantic feelings you had when your love was new, and you know where that leads.

So... take a class on a subject that makes you curious. Read a magazine or a blog on a topic you know nothing about. Listen to a music genre you’ve never attended before. Eat an ethnic food that you’ve never tasted. Imagine a new use for an old product, then do it again, and again. Write with your non-dominant hand. Sleep on the wrong side of the bed. Talk like a pirate. Most of all, have fun!

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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