January 2018 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

Blockchain, an emerging technology within the Supply Chain

Blockchain is “a protocol for a digital ledger that enables proof of ownership and the transfer of ownership from one entity to another without using a trusted third party intermediary (like a bank)” according to Steve Banker, a Forbes magazine contributor.  Blockchain is also the key technology behind Bitcoin and other crypto currencies. 

The key to Blockchain is that on-line data elements are collected in a series of ledgers that are interconnected with encrypted data.  Users with access keys can view chains of ledgers and trace activities from their origin to current time in chronological order.  This encrypted data is therefore assumed to be secure.

In a December 18th Seattle Times article Luzi Ann Javier states that companies such as, Walmart, Nestle, Tyson Foods, Unilever and McCormick & Co are looking for ways to use Blockchain technology in the supply chain of food products.  Natixis and the Trafigura Group are looking at a March implementation of Blockchain for buying and selling oil. 

As many already know, APICS released a new Certification in 2017 in the area of Logistics, Distribution and Transportation (CLTD).  This body of knowledge covers all the supply chain logistic activities to from sub-tier suppliers to partner suppliers through a nucleus firm exchange of ownership out into distribution to the final owner.  The Maersk and IBM companies are running pilot programs now that are creating digital distribution ledgers that offer a single electronic place to view the multitude of documents related to these transactions.  Another company, T-Mining is developing a blockchain that will give clearance to personnel, like a truck driver, to pick up goods from a shipping dock.  The concept that T-Mining is working from is that shipping transactions are locked into blockchain in secure fashion that can be viewed in a common ledger.  Another company, Kouvala Innovations is developing the idea adding Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), to pallets of goods, with to/from/due date and then allow carriers to bid on carrying the freight.  Once the bid is accepted, the entire set of logistics activities then is open for viewing in Blockchain.  Finally, a UK company, Provenance is working on blockchain technology that can trace sea food from “hook to fork.”

As with lots of innovative ideas, there are concerns with the maturation of this technology.  Technical talent within the supply chain is scarce, networks of suppliers within a supply chain are not yet developed, and finally there are not developed standards that define the rules of blockchain.  There also remains a concern that Blockchain requires that “Miners” validate that data added to a blockchain comes from a legitimate source.  This “Mining” activity can take time and cause delays which could be undesirable in supply chain transactions.

For added references to Blockchain technology, reference Blockchain in Transport Alliance which along with seems to be the current gravitational center of Blockchain activity and development in the Supply Chain. 

Your APICS-PS chapter is continuously planning future events and engagements driven by professional member feedback and value, and thus very interested in all related ideas or input.

Those currently working in Public Cloud based supply chain solutions could be significantly impacted if Blockchain does reach maturity.   If you are interested in having added dialog around this topic, APICS-PS is offering a CLTD Certification course March 3, 2018.  Sign up at

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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Voice of the Customer (VOC)

Along with our President, Dennis Obermeier, I would be very pleased to meet or speak with you at your convenience to share and learn more about how our teams can best be leveraged to support, lead and succeed looking forward. Meanwhile, please check out our recent updates which may be helpful for your folks, and don't hesitate to share your needs or comments with me as we appreciate and improve through your input.

Newly expanded Pacific Northwest SCM Events Calendar at:

Follow us on Twitter for important updates and supply chain news/info at:

Register for Classroom or Virtual (NEW!!) education and courses at:

Customized globally-recognized APICS Training and Education - designed, scheduled and delivered according to your teams requirements -

Please let me know if you have any questions, feedback or time to meet, and thanks again for being an APICS Puget Sound member!


David Green, CSCP, Voice of the Customer Manager



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Ah, the New Year is among us. Typically, most of us have resolutions to make, new ideas to implement, and a plethora of crazy idea’s the usually go unfulfilled. Will this year be any different?

Why not? Here within the chapter leadership, we are looking for additional volunteers to assist with membership outreach activities. Maybe one of your goals for 2018 is to be more involved, or maybe to get involved within the Puget Sound Chapter as a way of advancing your career opportunities, or to give back by way of way of internships for college students in Supply Chain Programs. There are many ways, if interested, you can make an impact in someone else life/career by joining us, even on selected activities as we embark on a new year.

We are putting together a calendar for quarterly networking mixers; keep an eye on our calendar on our website for upcoming events.

We hope to see you at one in the near future. And if you do have any interest in volunteering, reach out to me through the INFO@APCIS-PS.ORG email address – Happy New Years to you all!!


Tom Zistatsis, CPIM




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Membership Corner

Creating a Profile on APICS-PS

During the process of becoming an APICS member you are given the opportunity (and responsibility) to identify with us – the APICS Puget Sound Chapter (sometimes abbreviated as PUGS). When you join APICS, you are on APICS corporate’s computer and assigned an APICS ID number. It takes several days before the APICS corporate computer system updates our chapter’s computer system with that ID number and whatever contact information you provided. The user name and password that you used at APICS corporate is not part of the update.

If you have tried to sign-up for a course or event and you can’t, please contact one of us at INFO@APICS-PS.ORG and one of us will manually assign a temporary user name and password for your record with our chapter. We will ask you to change those codes to whatever you want them to be. That new user name and password for our computer system may be the same as you use for APICS corporate or you can make it different – it’s up to you.

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

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8 X 8 does not necessarily equal 64. Since when and how can that be??? Many pieces of information we use for decision making are just estimates. Either 8 might better be a 7 or a 9, and if they are, the answer is quite different! Never conclude that an answer is more accurate than the information or assumptions that went into it. Is an estimate more accurate if we increase its stature by describing it as a “management policy variable”? Think about this when forecasting, computing capacity, determining lot sizes, planning transportation, computing yield, managing projects, etc. Attend our courses to refine your knowledge in these areas and more.

(8X8 discussion idea based on a review of a TOC presentation by Eli Goldratt)

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

Hank Barr

 Hank Barr, CFPIM, CSCP, CLTD 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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CPIM Part 2 

Tuesdays/Thursdays, 5:30 - 8:30pm, February 13 thru March 29 

MARCH 2018

CLTD Course

Saturdays, 8am - 5pm, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

CSCP Virtual Attendance/Web based via Go To Meeting

Wednesday evenings 5:30 - 8:30pm, March 28 thru June 20

CPIM Part 2 Virtual Attendance/Web based via Go To Meeting

Wednesdays evenings 5:30 - 8:30pm, March 28 thru June 20


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Calendar of Events

February 2018

APICS & E/Step software present:


February 06, 20185:30pm - 8:15pm, Coast Bellevue Hotel

MARCH 2018

APICS & E/Step software present:


March 01, 2018, 8am - 5pm, Coast Bellevue Hotel

APICS & E/Step software present:


March 21, 20188am - 5pm, Coast Bellevue Hotel

 2018 BOD Meetings

  • February 20
  • April 3
  • May 15
  • June 26

5:00 PM PST - 7:00 PM PST

Kocer Consulting
3147 Fairview Ave. E. Suite 100 
Seattle, WA 98102

Follow Preapproved Agenda

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.

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Hello APICS Members!

Our Best Practice Tours that are sponsored by APICS and Kocer Consulting+Engineering are highly attended and really enjoyable.  We have so many great companies in Washington that are willing to share their new ideas and help other companies to improve.  Expeditors International, Legend Brands, Boeing, Nintendo, Paccar, Qualitel, and the Port of Seattle are a few of the great organizations that have provided tours over the last few years.  Everyone is typically excited to get out of the office and see something new, and it allows the hosting company to put their best foot forward and increase awareness of their products and services.  We always have a lunch that is either sponsored by the hosting company or by APICS and I always meet new people at every one of these tours.  These are a win-win for everyone involved and our programs committee will continue to organize these for our members. 

If your company would be interested in hosting a tour, or if you would like to join our programs committee, call Gaby Thomas at 206-528-0111 ext 5.  I look forward to seeing you at our next event!

Take Care,

DanKocerAPICS-PSBOD-Programs KocerConsultingEngineering

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

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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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APICS Conference



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. 


Mark your calendar for the 2018 CONFERENCE IN CHICAGO FROM SEPT 30 – OCT 2.




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