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Hurricane Irma

As we witness the ongoing effects of Hurricane Irma, we’re concerned about our APICS members and customers in Florida, the southeast United States and the Caribbean. We hope you and your communities are safe and secure.

APICS is working with the American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) to participate in hurricane relief efforts.  ‘The American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) supports disaster recovery by engaging industry to address the unmet needs of relief organizations, communities, and people.’  Please see their logistics map  to see current needs.  The page also includes a form where individuals can request assistance with supply chain related issues.  They also have a Facebook page which can be found here:

APICS Southeast Webinar Series September


“Four Demand Planning Resolutions for 2017”

Featuring Jaime Reints Director, Demand Planning Intelligence Consortium, Chainalytics

September 13, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

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Moderated by Scott W. Luton, CSCP, LSSGB Staff Member, APICS Southeast District

In the current environment of proliferating product portfolios and increasing demand volatility, there is a great deal riding on getting the forecast right. Listen in as Jaime Reints, Director of Demand Planning Intelligence Consortium at Chainalytics, discusses four simple resolutions for supply chain leaders that will enable a more effective approach to achieving improved forecast accuracy and demand planning performance this year.

About the presenter: As the director of Chainalytics’ Demand Planning Intelligence Consortium (DPIC), Jaime Reints oversees membership development product innovation, and delivery of the DPIC market intelligence solution for some of the largest CPG supply chains around the world.
Chainalytics is a recognized global leader in supply chain consulting, analytics and supply chain intelligence.


APICS Webinar Series – August Webinar

“Tactical Material Flow Management”

featuring Brad Bossence Vice President of Consulting & Education LeanCor Supply Chain Group moderated by Scott W. Luton, CSCP, LSSGB APICS Southeast District Staff

Thu, Aug 10, 2017 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT


Sales and Operations Planning provides a high-level view of connecting the end to end supply chain but the real challenges for most of us occur in daily management of material flow. Inventory strategies are often misaligned with warehousing strategies and transportation strategies. Purchasing strategies are often misaligned with inventory strategies. Etcetera. Join Brad Bossence, Vice President at LeanCor Supply Chain Group, to explore tactical methods for maximizing daily material flow processes. Topics that will be covered:
• Sales & Operations Planning
• Plan for Every Part (PFEP)
• ABC SKU Classification


About the presenter: Brad Bossence is Vice President, Customer Solutions for LeanCor Supply Chain Group. Brad leads extensive supply chain improvement and operational excellence deployments for clients across multiple industries. Brad’s experience includes 20 years working in supply chain, including 7 years in supply chain consulting. Brad has extensive project experience in Supply Chain Management, Supply Chain Optimization, Distribution & Fulfillment Center Design, Inbound Logistics, Inventory Right-Sizing, Plan for Every Part, Distribution Network Design, Transportation, Industrial Engineering, Material Planning, and Operational Excellence Deployment. Brad is a lead instructor at Georgia-Tech’s Supply Chain and Logistics institute and a frequent industry speaker on topics including: Building a Lean Fulfilment Stream, Lean Warehousing, Inbound Logistics, Associate Engagement, Lean Leadership, and Lean Management Systems. Prior to joining LeanCor in 2010, Brad served 12 years in the automotive industry with Mitsui, leading logistics operations for Yamaha, Suzuki, Subaru, and Kubota. During this time, Brad served 8 years in various operational leadership and start-up roles for Toyota Canada, Toyota USA, and Toyota Europe. Brad has an MBA from the University of Windsor, a Professional in Human Resources designation and various operational excellence accreditations.


APICS Southeast District Webinar Series

Augmented Reality in Supply Chain

Featuring Charu Thomas & Sarthak Srinivas Executive Board Members, Oculogx
Moderated by Scott W. Luton, CSCP, LSSGB APICS Southeast District Staff

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 12 noon to 1 pm EDT

FREE to register: at

We’ve all heard the word Augmented Reality. But what does it mean and how can we leverage it in supply chain? During this interactive webinar, we will focus on supply chain problems such as: order picking, bin packing, and material handling. We will talk about the technical details of deploying Augmented Reality applications from game design, hardware and software. We will also talk about the common practices and mistakes that occur with Augmented Reality projects.

About the presenters:

Charu Thomas is an Automated Transportation Systems Researcher at the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines at Georgia Tech. Her research in modelling ‘Smart City’ Logistic Networks has been presented as the keynote at the 8th International Scientific Symposium on Logistics and other international forums. She is currently pursuing a B.S. in Industrial & Systems Engineering from the #1 ranked program in the USA at Georgia Tech.
Sarthak Srinivas is an Augmented Reality and Wearable Computing Researcher under Dr. Blair McIntyre and Dr. Thad Starner (inventor of Google Glass). He is one of the lead student developers of the world’s first Augmented Reality web browser, Argon. In addition, his work has been featured on CNN, Engadget, PBS, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution. He is a finalist for competitions like the InVenture Prize and the Microsoft Imagine Cup. He is a third year at Georgia Tech studying Computer Science.

APICS Chapter- CLTD Launch party and PDM Logistics speaker

Mellow Mushroom

1009 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201


Enjoy this dual event of the MidCarolina Chapter! David McCullough of Expeditors International will speak of the business of Expediting, and Lennie Mize, our CLTD instructor, will speak on the CLTD class and learning system and answer any questions regarding our upcoming class.

The chapter will provide food from the Mellow Mushroom, and non-alcoholic drinks. BYOB if you would like. We will be in the 2nd floor group room.

Please RSVP and come early for a meet and greet (6:00-6:30 pm) if you can.


Wed, March 22, 2017

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT

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Mellow Mushroom

1009 Gervais Street

Columbia, SC 29201

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March Webinar

“The Warehouse of the (Near) Future”

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 12 noon to 1 pm EDT FREE

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Featuring Colton Griffin CEO, WMSight moderated by Scott W. Luton, CSCP, LSSGB APICS Southeast District Staff

You’ve heard the buzzwords: Artificial Intelligence, IoT, Augmented Reality. What does all this mean for your supply chain? Oxford University researchers recently estimated that 47% of U.S. jobs could be automated in the next two decades. Could these technologies be a driving force behind this huge potential change? Join our next APICS Southeast District Webinar Series event where we’ll feature Colton Griffin, CEO of WMSight, providing an executive overview of “what’s next” in the logistics space for distribution centers from a technology perspective. Join us!

About the presenter: Colton Griffin, CEO of WMSight, LLC ( is an expert in supply chain business intelligence and data analytics. He has implemented business intelligence solutions for distribution centers ranging from 65,000 sq. ft. to well over 1,000,000 sq. ft. and founded WMSight, a SaaS analytics platform built specifically for distribution center operations. WMSight’s professional consulting practice specializes in reporting and data analytics for supply chain applications. Griffin started his career at Manhattan Associates, and from there he went to Genuine Parts Company to implement and manage a reporting platform for multiple subsidiary distribution

January Webinar

3 Ways to Improve Your Communication

January 25, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Ms. Pam Scott Founder,

FREE to register:

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Poor communication can gum up your supply chain’s performance in a second, eating up time and resources – – and creating new fires for your team to put out. Communications expert Pam Scott will help you streamline your communications, by offering practical, proven methods for improving your communication skills. The outcome: Customers and employees alike will praise you as the go-to source in your field.

November Webinar

“5 Steps to Maximize Your ERP While Managing to Keep Your Hair”

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 12 noon to 1 pm EDT FREE to register:

Mr. Mike Roman, CPIM Past President, APICS Atlanta moderated by Scott W. Luton, APICS Southeast District Staff

There are a number of “5 Steps”, “5 Activities”, “5 Processes” webinars that explain how to do something properly. They teach – – which is a good thing! One shortcoming though is that these sessions generally do not address the human side of the issues associated with the activities that teach. This presentation is something completely different. Our webinar will identify Five Steps to Maximizing your ERP ROI While Managing to Keep Your Hair.
Our session addresses the top five common concerns that Mike Roman has identified in his 30+ years of experience in assisting organizations in their ERP projects. With more than 60 successful ERP Implementations and ERP ROI Improvement efforts – – you will want to see, hear, and get involved in this interactive experience. After the presentation, there will be a question and answer opportunity. You will want to ask questions to illuminate the obstacles that may impede your organization from gaining a competitive marketplace advantage. Such an advantage is available when a smoothly functioning ERP System uses KPIs for Keeping People Involved?.

December Webinar

“Imagine Santa’s Magical Supply Chain!”

featuring Ms. Deb Hansford, CFPIM, CIRM, CSCP, C.P.M., CPSM Owner & Founder, PreCrest LLC moderated by Scott W. Luton, APICS Southeast District Staff.

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 12 noon to 1 pm EST FREE to register

As supply chain and operations management professionals, we understand the importance of the 7 R’s, (right place, right time, right quantity, right quality, right customer, right condition and right price). Consider this: Santa has to provide 100% perfect order fulfillment in less than 24 hours throughout the world!
Join us for this fun webinar as we blend two familiar concepts (Santa and supply chain) to consider new possibilities. Topics for discussion include:
Maybe there are Santa fundamental practices (SFP) that we should re-evaluate and consider to help make our supply chains more magical!


About the presenter: Deb Hansford is the owner and founder of PreCrest, LLC, a women owned company specializing in supply chain education. She is very grateful for her previous experience at companies including W.W. Grainger, Inc.; Cummins, Inc., and Anheuser-Busch, where she started as a materials handler and progressed through as a supply chain director. This range of experience has enabled Deb to appreciate the different backgrounds and responsibilities of learners attending her classes. PreCrest offers face to face classes as well as online and webinar classes to accommodate different learning styles and time limitations for busy professionals. Learning is fun!