September 2017 Print

Vision and Mission - APICS Puget Sound

Vision— APICS Puget Sound Chapter is the leading source of professional development for the Washington State Supply Chain and Operations community.

Mission— Serve Supply Chain and Operations professionals and the business community through educational experiences that will add value to our members and business partners

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APICS Puget Sound Chapter

40 Lake Bellevue, Suite 100
Bellevue, WA 98005
425 468-6178 Business Hours


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Presidents Message

MountainVistaVoice of the Customer

by Dennis Obermeier

As we are face to face with fire and smoke in the West and Hurricanes in the South and East, it is good to reflect on what can be and how we can effectively move forward. During the 3rd quarter of this year your APICS-PS Board of Directors has been busy deciding how to take action on the discoveries that resulted from our recent Voice of the Customer (VOC) initiative. As a result of this initiative the chapter has created an action plan and created assignments for the major areas of; Education, Membership, Programs, and Marketing. In order to assist in bringing these items to completion, the chapter is currently seeking help from an independent contractor.

These actions dovetail nicely into the new exciting offerings from APICS-Chicago. The new enhanced CPIM offering is now in effect. The new CPIM certification consists of 2 preparation classes and 2 exams instead of the previous 5 class/5 exam offering. APICS-PS is offering the first class, called Part I, in September and Part II in November. This new offering features the same style On-Line Learning System that has been used for the CSCP and CLTD offerings. This learning system features pre and post sample exams, references and special activity exercises to help in the comprehensive understanding of the material.

APICS-PS is happy to announce that the first CLTD course offering was completed this summer and that 62% of the class has already signed up for the exam and that two people have already completed the exam.

As you look forward to the future, look for ways to contribute in more and exciting ways. There are opportunities to take on a single action item that will help your local APICS-PS chapter, or you may want toachieve another certification. In so doing, you will network with other Supply Chain Professionals that will both enhance your understanding and add to a vibrant classroom environment.

Dennis Obermeier, MEM, CPIM, CIRM, CSCP, CLTD, PMP, Jonah




APICS Puget Sound Chapter is a partner with APICS, a not-for-profit international educational organization respected throughout the world for its education and professional certification programs. With more than 70,000 individual and corporate members in 20,000 companies worldwide, APICS is dedicated to using education to improve the business bottom line.

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APICS Conference Theme


Leading the way: End-to-end supply chain  I  APICS 2017 Conference – San Antonio, TX

When I attended my first APICS International Conference in 2005, it was painfully clear how manufacturing centric APICS was.  The conference was basically oriented around the core of the CPIM BOK (body of knowledge).  However, APICS members are dealing with a quickly evolving Supply Chain world.   Supply Chain professionals like myself are challenged daily with contract manufacturing, logistics, distribution, and technology.  Our roles require an in depth of knowledge of the interplay of the entire Supply Chain.  Thankfully, APICS has evolved too.  With the additions of CSCP, SCOR, and CLTD, APICS has truly become the leading professional organization for Supply Chain.  The lineup for this year’s conference is an excellent example of that leadership.   

Attendees are going to have a tough time choosing between all the great Learning Paths and speakers.  My specific area of interest is Supply Chain Visibility (SCV), and it is great to see Spotlight sessions highlighting the benefits of SCV, and how it enables working differently.  IoT, big data, and predictive analytics are enabling companies to become hyper-aware, manage by exception, and make better decisions faster.  In the current business environment, this is going to be essential to providing best in class customer service, lead time reductions, lowering inventory, and ultimately being more agile.  This is and will continue to transform the way the work is done.  I encourage all attendees to attend at least two of the sessions being offered in this area.  The future of Supply Chain is dependent on the use of technology, and I am not talking about the ability to write SQL queries. 

So just as APICS has elevated its game to span the end to end Supply Chain, I challenge each attendee to build out your conference schedule so that you walk away with a broader understanding of the interplay across the entire Supply Chain and identify how you can play a bigger role in it.  If you do this, your conference experience will be viewed as a success. 

Best of luck.

Chase Mueller, CPIM



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Calendar of Events


CSCP Course


CSCP Fall 2017, Oct 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov 4.

October 07, 2017
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

*Check our website for next scheduled CSCP Course offerings: Check Here

The APICS CSCP program helps you demonstrate your knowledge and organizational skills for developing more streamlined operations.

Since its launch in 2006, more than 19,000 professionals in 82 countries have earned the APICS CSCP designation.

The APICS CSCP designation

  • is the most widely recognized educational program for operations and supply chain management professionals around the globe
  • is a designation that is sought by thousands of employers and recruiters
  • provides you with a mastery of supply chain management best practices and distinguishes you as an industry expert with a specialized, high-level knowledge and skills

Only one comprehensive exam is required to pass and earn your CSCP certification designation.


The APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) program provides you with the ability to understand and evaluate production and inventory activities within a company's global operations.

  • APICS CPIM is preferred by thousands of employers worldwide.
  • More than 100,000 professionals since 1973 have earned the APICS CPIM designation


CPIM Course Upcoming: 


September 09, 2017
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM


CPIM Part 2 (new format-replaces MPR, DSP, ECO and SMR), Course dates include 11/11, 11/18, 12/2, 12/9 and 12/16 (if necessary)

November 11, 2017

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM


 *Check our website for next scheduled CPIM Course offerings Check Here 


CLTD Learning System

Whether you are beginning your career in logistics, distribution or transportation or you are an experienced professional in the field, the APICS CLTD program is designed to meet the needs of working, adult learners.

The flexible learning options make it easier to pursue certification while you work to increase your earning potential and advance your career.

The new APICS CLTD Learning System provides a personal path toward success for CLTD exam preparation. The interactive web-based study tools and comprehensive reading materials help you learn and apply new concepts and test your understanding and retention of the topics.

To help prepare you for the APICS CLTD exam, APICS has developed the APICS CLTD LEARNING SYSTEM.

APICS Puget Sound is offering Instructor-led Courses in 2017.


Karman Executive Center
40 Lake Bellevue Dr #100
Bellevue, WA 98005

Only one comprehensive exam is required to pass and earn your CLTD certification designation.

Lean Six Sigma TOC Training Series

5 Sessions 4 hrs each from 7.30am to 11.30am | Team-Oriented, Interactive

"Certification" will be recieved by each participant upon completion.

Learning by Doing! Application "Hands On" Classroom Enviroment.

LeanSixSigmaTOC Training

Schedule Training Series on the following areas:

* Lean Interactive Simulation Workshop | * Work Area Org. 6s & Setup Reduction, TOC | * Process Mapping & Elimination of Waste | * Continuous Improvement, Toyota Kata & Kaizen | * Problem Solving and Desicion Making


*Check our APICS Puget Sound for scheduled date in MEETING/EVENT INFORMATION to reserve your spot.


Dan Kocer, PE

APICS Director of Events, and President of Kocer Consulting+Engineering

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APICS After-Effects

Digital Supply Chain IoT: Emerging Competitive Landscape

The digital landscape continues to emerge with innovative offerings facilitating the end to end supply chain. APICS RISC (Research, Innovation & Strategy Committee) stated, “The digital supply chain are the future and their data is at the center of value creation”. Recently Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella (2017) excitedly announced the culmination of work he began with Microsoft long ago, now as a stunning digital transformation realized in the vision for businesses with Microsoft Dynamics 365. Gould (2017) shared Expeditors creation of new offering Cargo Signal: Making Cargo Smarter [Visibility, IoT]. The capability for businesses demand sensing, shaping, and agility, to be responsive (Bolstorff, 2015), these respective supply chain solutions are among the recently arriving new principles and practices.

The new demands for competiveness in the digital landscape requires responsive network of capabilities operating within increasing complex adaptive system (CAS) environment. Bradley (2015) defines, “The Digital Vortex is the inevitable movement of industries toward a “digital center” in which business models, offerings, and value chains are digitized to the maximum extent possible.” The impact is great in redefining industries with a trillion-dollar opportunity based on Cisco’s analysis due to digital transformation, also cautions of those leading firm’s failure to adopt will result in their displacement due to digital disruption of four out of 10 in the next five years (Bradley, 2015).

Nadella (2017), observed how the transformation caused by the radically changing digital age is having such a great impact across industries and society with numerous available case studies areas as examples in automotive, healthcare, agriculture, for value creation serving global aspirations of every customer. To ensure have right supporting integration of CRM and ERP system architecture of data intelligence for virtuous feedback cycle, need capabilities involving, “Do I have for each of these digital outcomes a feedback loop where something happens an observation or an event in the field and it flows all the way back to some analytical or predictive power which then allows you to change the outcome?” (Nadella (2017).

Gene Alger, President of Global Services for Expeditors, stated importance of visibility and adaptiveness (Gould, 2017), “Our Cargo Signal platform is based on our deep understanding of international logistics and the people, processes and technology needed to deliver the high level of service our customers require. Dots on a map become powerful, actionable intelligence when paired with our people who have the experience and judgment to interpret the data and take timely action on our customers’ behalf to avoid losses and create more resilient and responsive supply chains” (Gould, 2017).

Emerging are supply chain data intelligence value creation and capture opportunities with increasing capabilities. APICS RISC (2017) notes how digital supply chains are the future and the Internet of Supply Chains (IoSC) consisting of the semantic web, linked data technologies, and blockchain are further developing beneficial results from combining value network elements. Quigley (2016) challenges leaders and managers in supply chain and operations to innovate with digital and high tech to recognize improvements needing to be made with shared conviction working in alignment can implement great outcomes.


APICS RISC (2017). The Internet of Supply Chains (IoSC), a Model in the Cloud. Retrieved from

Bolstorff, P (2015). The Seven Principles of Effective Supply Chain Planning. Retrieved from

Bradley, J., et al. (2015). "Digital vortex: How digital disruption is redefining industries." Global Center for Digital Business Transformation: An IMD and Cisco initiative.

Gould, R (2017). Cargo Signal: Making Cargo Smarter [VISIBILITY, IoT]. Expeditors. Retrieved from

Satya Nadella (2017) on the vision for digital transformation. Microsoft Business Forward 2017 keynote. Retrieved from

Quigley, P (2016). The Digital Factory Dilemma: Leveling the path to automated manufacturing. Retrieved from

Richard Lefrandt, DBA (ABD), MEM, CSCP, PMP, Jonah

Strategy Deployment

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Certification Career Credentials

APICS:  What’s In It For Me?

Take a moment and check out the APICS Programs CSCP, CPIM, CLTD, and SCOR to find out best fit(s) for enhancing your career and improving your companies bottom-line.

For Instructor Led APICS Certification Course Offerings by APICS Puget Sound Chapter Check Here

World-Renowed APICS Programs:

"Why you should earn the CSCP designation

  • -Increase your salary - on average designees see a 12% increase
  • -Improve your hiring potential by 65%
  • -Maximize your organization's ERP investments
  • -Effectively manage global end-to-end supply chain activities
  • -Understand how to increase customer satisfaction
  • -Increase your professional value and secure your future"


"Why you should earn the CPIM designation

  • -Increase your salary - on average designees see a 12% increase
  • -Improve your hiring potential by 65%
  • -Maximize ROI on the systems and technologies
  • -Reduce your organization's costs
  • -Provide more value to your organization
  • -Understand how to increase customer satisfaction
  • -Build your credibility and set yourself apart from peers"


"Why you should earn the CLTD designation

  • -Gain recognition in the field as a logistics expert
  • -Build credibility and set yourself apart from peers
  • -Learn latest trends in global supply chain logistics
  • -Impact your organization's bottom line
  • -Demonstrate logistics mastery of knowledge"

Supply Chain Excellence is a Journey

"More than 5,000 companies have learned to navigate that journey . . . "

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CPIM Transformed for Today’s Busy Professionals

The APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) is known as the premier certification for internal supply chain business operations. Since CPIM’s launch in 1973, more than 107,000 professionals have benefited from this globally recognized certification.
Companies and employers know that CPIM designees have the proven knowledge and skills to strategically streamline operations.  Now, APICS is streamlining the CPIM program to better serve the needs of the supply chain workforce - while maintaining the body of knowledge and integrity that has kept CPIM at the forefront of supply chain education.  View the webinar CPIM Transformed for Today's Busy Professional and FAQ's for details on the new CPIM Learning System and exams.

CPIM Transformation – The NEW CPIM Version 6.0

The new, streamlined CPIM program launched in September 2017.

Our APICS-PS chapter is currently delivering the new CPIM Part 1 course on Saturdays at the Karman Center in Bellevue (9/9, 9/16, and 9/23)

Also advertising the new Part 2 on Saturdays starting on October 11. Scheduled course dates for the new Part 2 course include 11/11, 11/18, 12/2, 12/9, and 12/16 (if we need the extra time).

If you or your company want on-site or on-line courses on your schedule, please contact us at or call Hank Barr at 253 549-5035.

Features and benefits of the new CPIM Version 6.0 include:

  • Only 2 exams - CPIM Part 1 and CPIM Part 2 – required to earn the CPIM credential versus five exams under the previous system.

  • Already taken the previous system CPIM BSCM? - The previous system CPIM BSCM exam counts toward the new, streamlined CPIM Part 1.

  • Streamlined certification experience gets you certified faster.

  • Updated format delivers the same CPIM knowledge and skills in a focused program to meet the training needs of today’s busy supply chain professionals.

  • New CPIM Learning System, a proven APICS certification preparation method that combines reading materials with online practice tests and tools.

  • Ability to purchase the entire CPIM bundle, including the complete CPIM Learning System, CPIM Part 1 exam and CPIM Part 2 exam.

Now Available:

Get the free preview of the APICS CPIM Exam Content Manual, Version 6.0:

CPIM Part 1 Exam Content Manual Preview - Download Now
CPIM Part 2 Exam Content Manual Preview - Download Now


By Hank “It Depends” Barr, CFPIM, CSCP, CLTD

Hank Barr

 Hank Barr, CFPIM, CSCP is the Director of Education for the Puget Sound chapter of APICS and a retired Air Force Supply & Logistics officer. He is an active speaker and has taught Operations Management at several universities in the Pacific Northwest.  Hank can be reached at HANKBARR@COMCAST.NET or 253 549-5035.

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Principles of Sales and Operations Planning - Seattle

September 14, 2017  I  Courtyard by Marriott Seattle Sea-Tac 

In today’s complex marketplace, effective planning and performance metrics are critical for SOPsuccess. A successful S&OP process integrates financial, marketing and operational planning to create over-arching strategic plans for the business. APICS provides forward-looking programs that will prepare you to collaboratively participate in the S&OP process.

The APICS Principles of S&OP seminar provides managers and planners a comprehensive review of the principles and functions of S&OP. Attendees participated in exercises and discussions on the elements of data collection, demand and supply planning, and conducting the pre- and executive S&OP meetings. The presenter lead attendees through sales and marketing planning, resource requirements planning, distribution planning and more.

Attendees of the APICS Principles of S&OP seminar learned how to:

  • Identify the necessary inputs needed for and the outputs from the S&OP process

  • Calculate the data elements for the S&OP process

  • Utilize the S&OP planning grid

  • Translate what you have learned from the S&OP process into production and inventory plans

  • Understand the impact that S&OP output has on the distribution plan

Individuals who have attended an APICS S&OP seminar will receive 7 core contact hours toward the APICS S&OP Education Certificate, a comprehensive program that enables professionals to demonstrate their commitment to and understanding of S&OP principles and functions. 

Presentation given by Anthony Zampello, APICS Master Instructor, provides an introduction to Sales and Operations Planning. Learn what S&OP is, why you should care about it, and how you can obtain the APICS S&OP Certificate.To learn more, visit

Anthony Zampello, CPIM, CIRM, CSCP
Adjunct Faculty | Bentley University
Anthony Zampello is a consultant, educator and trainer. He is currently a member of the adjunct faculty at Bentley University. He has spent more than 30 years working in diverse industries and markets and managing a wide range of initiatives including S&OP, enterprise resources planning, system implementations and lead time reductions. Zampello is an industry expert in certification exam preparation and works with APICS chapters to conduct training sessions for major corporate accounts.

Sponsored by APICS, Kocer Consulting + Engineering, and APICS Puget Sound

Dan Kocer, PE


President of Kocer Consulting + Engineering, and Board Member for APICS Puget Sound

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Welcome back from summer - what's on tap at APICS Puget Sound?

Be on the look-out for an invitation to a networking mixer to be scheduled in October. We’re still working on final details but are really looking forward to starting the year reconnecting with old friends and making new ones.

We’re looking forward to some great tours, PDM’s, and helping you reach your career goals through our certification programs.

Going to APICS 2017? If so, shoot me an email at  I’ll be there as well, let’s connect beforehand so we can connect in San Antonio!

Student Chapter updates:

WWU:  Please join me in congratulating the WWU student chapter in achieving their Gold Chapter status. As a student chapter there are many activities the chapter must accomplish and track in order to gain recognition. To achieve a Gold Certificate they must score a minimum of 90 out of 120 possible points over five different categories.

CWU:  I met with their new chapter president and the faculty leadership over the summer. They have some great energy and drive to really shape their student activities, more to come on this as we work together to help them in their student competitions.

Looking for a way to get involved/volunteer with the next generation of Supply Chain leaders? Working the students is a great way to pass on what you’ve learned in the trenches. Reach out to me if you’re interested, I can definitely use the help…

Certification Updates:

Join me in congratulating the following members that have achieved certification in the last 6 months:


Kevin Dyer

Amruta Kulkarni

William McDonald

Mar 2017 

Jun 2017

Jun 2017  

Carlisle Interconnect Technologies

Micron Technology

International Paper


Ada Hardy

Joseph Gratton

Anthony Falteisek

Joshua Brown

Eric McGahey

Pie Wen Mao

Anna Zinski

Wataru Aoyama

Mar 2017   

Mar 2017 

Mar 2017 

Apr 2017   

Apr 2017 

May 2017 

Jun 2017

Jun 2017 



Moss Adams

Blue Line Distribution




Fishing Company of Alaska


Nancy Miller Aug 2017   Microsurgical Technologies


Looking forward to seeing later in October at our Networking Mixer!        


Tom Zistatsis, CPIM



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APICS Learn it

APICS Learn It!Download the free APICS Learn It app to access more than 4,500 terms and definitions from the APICS Dictionary, view the term of the day, and improve your APICS vocabulary with a game of flashcards. 

• Over 4,500 terms and definitions from the APICS Dictionary
• Term of the day
• Offline access—no Internet connection needed to use 
• Suggestions are displayed as you search for term

This useful app is available Free for Smart Phones or Google Store.

This app allows the user to search for any term in the APICS Dictionary and then displays the definition. The Term of the Day can be selected, which displays the full definition.

When the Flashcard option is selected, a category, such as Basics of Supply Chain Management, can be selected. A number of flashcards can be selected and then the choice of picking the term first or the definition first is offered. If the term first is selected, the user is asked if the definition is correct or incorrect. At the conclusion of the exercise, a score is given.

If the definition is asked first, the term is then displayed with the option of selecting correct or incorrect. Again a score is given at the end of the number of questions selected. 

This App is useful when preparing for any of the CPIM or CSCP tests. It can be a real asset when taking practice test questions and coming across a term that is not fully understood. 

This App can also be useful in the work place when there is a need to clarify a term being used in the Operations Management Body of Knowledge.

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APICS Conference


APICS 2017 Conferences and Events

Attend an APICS Event

Make this the year you expand your knowledge and help improve overall supply chain operations. APICS offers end-to-end supply chain, logistics and operations management conferences, seminars and events to help you advance your career and your company’s performance. 



Make your plans to be at the end-to-end supply chain conference of the year—APICS 2017!


APICS 2017 is the conference for professionals from all sides of the value chain, where you’ll gain relevant knowledge, foster relationships, explore trends, debate challenges and heighten efficiency. You and 2,000 professionals from more than 50 countries will experience a world-class education program that will take your career and your organization’s supply chain to new heights. Don’t miss it! 

Click here to learn more!

APICS is the premier professional association for supply chain and operations management

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