Each month the ASCM  Fox Valley Forum produces a newsletter with information about upcoming PDMs, educational offerings, seminars and other events of interest.

March 2021 Print

The Beacon Newsletter

Two Rivers Lighthouse



Greetings from the

ASCM Fox Valley Forum!


Please join us for our March

Professional Development Meeting (PDM) 


Thursday, March 18, 2021


This PDM will be a virtual meeting due to COVID-19 and the CDC guidelines restricting the size of gatherings.

A Microsoft Teams link will be sent via email on the day prior to the PDM.

Presentation begins at 6:00pm


Presentation Topic

Reshoring Production from China back to the United States


Presentation Summary

COVID-19 has disrupted supply chains beyond ways imaginable 12 months ago.  Not only has labor been impacted, but long supply chains are especially vulnerable to transportation disruption, which creates chaos.  All experienced firsthand in 2020 the issues and challenges with sourcing components and finished goods from Asia.  Delays in just one raw material can send the entire supply chain into a tail spin.  With the lessons of the past year, companies are now reassessing their sourcing strategies and are now looking to implement contingency plans.  Some companies are even redesigning their supply chains entirely.

Consumers have felt the impact and retailers have realized that perhaps outsourcing and/or offshoring was excessive to Asia over the past 20 years.  The term “Reshoring” refers to bringing production back to the United States, or a closer and dependable supplier, from Asia.  There are many reasons and benefits from this action, which will be discussed during this presentation.

During this presentation a real word example will be shared where Turtle Wax was able to move the plastic injection molding and assembly for a main product line from China to the United States (in Illinois).  This included a redesigned part with better quality, improved consumer experience, and at a reduced price.  This project was cross functional in nature and the lessons learned will be shared to take these back to your organization and rethink your sourcing strategies.


Meet our Speaker


Shawn has over 25 years of Supply Chain and Operations Management experience with companies in the consumer products and plastics industries.  He is currently Director of Strategic Supply for Turtle Wax with responsibility for Global Sourcing, Supply Chain Planning, Contract Manufacturing, Warehousing, Transportation, and Distribution in North America.

Previously, Shawn spent seven years at PepsiCo where he held strategic supply chain planning and lean six sigma / continuous improvement roles with the Tropicana, Gatorade, and Carbonated Soft Drink divisions.  He was Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certified and Black Belt Trained at PepsiCo by Accenture (The George Group).  Shawn’s LSS projects focused on inventory management, cash flow, planning, customer service, and process improvement.  In this LSS role Shawn also had responsibility to train, mentor, and lead 20 Kaizen Leaders and Green Belts.  He also had a unique opportunity to train a customer team and lead an LSS project at a major grocery retailer while at PepsiCo.

Before his tenure at PepsiCo, Shawn spent six years at Diageo, leading the materials management and production planning functions at the company’s flagship distilled spirits production and bottling operation in North America.

His plastics experience includes high-speed extrusion blow molding at Consolidated Container Company, which was a bottle supplier to Fortune 100 companies.  Shawn also gained custom injection molding experience at Armin Molding.  He has been heavily involved in multiple ERP system implementation projects including SAP, Manugistics, Oracle, and JD Edwards.

In addition to his extensive industry experience, Shawn also serves as an Adjunct Faculty member for Southern Illinois University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Lewis University, and Elgin Community College where he teaches in supply chain and operations management in the Chicago area.  Shawn is an Associate Instructor for APICS, teaching CPIM, CSCP, and CLTD certification courses.

Shawn has been actively involved in APICS for 20 years, and is Past President for the APICS Fox River Chapter (Chicago area). He has multiple APICS supply chain certifications and is also Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certified.  Shawn has an MBA in Finance from DePaul’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Management, and a BS in Industrial Technology from Southern Illinois University. Shawn resides in the Chicago area with his wife and two teenage daughters.


Please be sure to register by Tuesday, March 16th!!!



$0.00 - This ASCM Fox Valley Forum Virtual PDM is FREE of charge!



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President's Report

Hello, fellow ASCM Fox Valley Forum members!

I hope this newsletter finds you well.

It's that time of year again…….time for our annual elections and member survey.  Our nomination committee has been hard at work reaching out to members with an opportunity to become a chapter leader.  Elections will again be held using a third-party survey tool in March.  These activities are very important to the organization and its leaders and we really need your participation!  Please be on the lookout for e-mails with instructions and survey links.  If you are interested in learning more about leading the chapter, please feel free to reach out to me.  My contact information is below.

We had record attendance at our February PDM!  AND, we were able to host a number of long distance attendees and first time attendees (to a Fox Valley event).  Very exciting!  For those who may have missed it, our speakers (Justin Wilcox and Marcus Bugni) work full-time jobs in supply chain and then spend some of their off hours doing research and recording a podcast, “The Strongest Link Supply Chain Podcast”.  Check out their PODCAST!

Our March event brings us a very timely topic given the impact COVID-19 has had on businesses.  Shawn Batka, CSSGB, CPIM, CSCP, CLTD will be joining us from the Chicago area.  Shawn has over 25 years of Supply Chain and Operations Management experience with companies in consumer products and plastics industries.  Shawn is going to present on reshoring production from China back to the United States.  I’ve known Shawn for a number of years and I have been looking forward to this presentation for months!  Please click HERE to register and join me for his presentation!

Our PDM planning team is hard at work setting up content for the rest of the 2021 PDMs.  Currently, we are planning to continue offering PDMs utilizing Microsoft Teams.  We will continue this path until we feel it is safe for us to meet in person again.

An important update about CPIM:

ASCM recently conducted a job task analysis and found that focus of supply chain roles are shifting from supporting basic execution of tasks to managing and understanding key elements of planning and response.  As a result, the organization is changing the meaning of CPIM from Certified in Production and Inventory Management to Certified in Planning and Inventory Management. 

Personally, I think this may make the certification more appealing to those in the service industry and those working in roles not directly related to a company’s internal manufacturing area.  This change is effective February 25, 2021.  If you have any questions about this change, please reach out using my contact information below.

A reminder of our ongoing transition:

You should have received a couple e-mails announcing the transition of the APICS Fox Valley Chapter to the ASCM Fox Valley Forum.  We’ve also made a few mentions of this in the Beacon.  ASCM made the decision to change the North American chapter structure and as a result, our APICS chapter will transition to an ASCM Professional Forum.  You may be wondering what this means for you. 

In the new structure, chapters will be able to hold their own APICS training and certification review classes, but forums will not.  Most APICS Chapters run their own certification classes and have someone from their board of directors or someone from their membership teach classes.  For most chapters transitioning from a chapter to a forum, there will be a sizeable change in the way they conduct business. 

This is different from the way our chapter has been operating.  Our chapter has had Fox Valley Technical College manage the APICS training and certification review needs for our chapter for over 20 years, and as we transition into an ASCM Forum, we will continue to partner with FVTC to manage those needs.  The same team that has been dedicated to leading the APICS Fox Valley Chapter will be leading the ASCM Fox Valley Forum.  We will continue to partner with Fox Valley Technical College for APICS training and certification needs. 

In short, for our chapter, not much will be changing beyond our logo and name. 

More details will be coming as the transition time draws nearer.  We recently received our new logo……you’ll start to see it in our communications, but we are still waiting to have our website updated.  Our website is expected to be updated by April.  These items are being updated by the ASCM organization, so please be patient as we work through the transitions.

I look forward to seeing you online for our March PDM on Thursday, March 18th!

Take Care,


Jody Suess, CPIM, CIRM, CSCP
President 2020-2021
ASCM Fox Valley Forum
[email protected]


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Notice of Meeting for Members


Note: This organization does business under the name ASCM Fox Valley Forum.


Notice for Meeting of Members

Of American Production & Inventory Control Society,

Fox Valley Chapter, Inc.


A meeting of the Members of the American Production & Inventory Control Society, Fox Valley Chapter, Inc. would normally be scheduled for April of 2021.

Historically, the purpose of the meeting was to announce the results of the election of officers for the next program year along with the results of votes related to the approval of any changes made to our chapter by-laws and articles of incorporation.

Because of the ongoing pandemic, the meeting will not be held in person, but an announcement will be made on the chapter website and in the chapter’s newsletter.  A virtual professional development meeting (PDM) is still being planned for April.

Elections for the 2021-2022 program year will be conducted through a third-party online survey tool.  Voting will open on Thursday, April 1st and will close on Sunday, April 11th.

If you have any questions, please contact me at (920) 420-1331.

Dated:  February 20, 2021

Jody Suess, CPIM, CIRM, CSCP

President, ASCM Fox Valley Forum


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Welcome New Members

The ASCM Fox Valley Forum would like to welcome the following new members:  


Danielle Chambers


Do you know someone who would benefit from being involved with ASCM?  Encourage them to join by using the following link: Join ASCM!


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Demand Driven Institute


Demand Driven Institute’s (DDI) Demand Driven Planner (DDP)™
Instructor-Supported Online Classes with
Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC)

Introductory course fee of $1,095 Per Person
(Class without the Demand Driven Materials Requirements Planning Book)

Introductory course fee of $1,160 Per Person
(Class includes the Demand Driven Materials Requirements Planning eBook)

Watch the FVTC website for additional start dates and registration deadlines

Register at: and click on Register Now!

• The DDP™ Instructor-Supported Online course is non-refundable and non-transferable once the materials have been ordered, and/or welcome letters have been emailed.
• The official course textbook Demand Driven Material Requirements Planning V3 (Ptak and Smith, Industrial Press, 2019) is required for this online course in eBook or printed textbook.
• If you already have the book, or chose to purchase the printed book on your own, get a $65 discount on the price of the online course when enrolling into the Class Number without Book.
• One Class + One exam to earn your Demand Driven Planner Professional (DDPP)™ designation.
• Instructor assigned for 8 weeks to help you prepare for the DDPP™ exam.
• FVTC reserves the right to cancel and/or delay the class start date if class enrollment minimums are not met by the Last day to Register date listed above. Enrolled students will be notified and offered a refund, or a transfer to a later start date as desired.
• For more information on the Demand Driven Planner Professional (DDPP)™ certification exam, see

If you need assistance email us at [email protected], or call (920) 993-5150.

Note: The Demand Driven Institute (DDI) is the global authority on Demand Driven education, training, certification, & compliance. Their web site ( is always your best source for the current information. If you have questions please e-mail [email protected].

Demand Driven Planner and Demand Driven Planner Professional are trademarks of the Demand Driven Institute, all rights reserved.



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Professional Development Meeting & Tour Schedule

 The ASCM Fox Valley Forum holds monthly Professional Development Meetings (PDMs) September through April. A tentative listing of these activities is posted below.

 At each meeting a presentation will give insight into a current operations management topic. This becomes your opportunity to stay ahead of the competition by learning about new and emerging trends in your field and how to improve your company’s operational performance. In addition, the meetings offer an opportunity to network with other operations management professionals.

 The mission of the ASCM Fox Valley Forum is to be the area’s leading provider of quality learning and networking opportunities that enable our members to be leaders in the management of resources in manufacturing and service industries.

 We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting!

  ASCM Fox Valley Forum 2020 - 2021

PDM Meeting Schedule

More PDM Events Coming Soon!

Watch your inbox for details

Please note that all events are dependent on current COVID-19 restrictions

Please also visit the forum website at for more information!

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PDM Suggestion



Have a suggestion for a PDM speaker, tour, or topic?

Email your suggestion to [email protected]




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CPIM Interest List


Got ?

If not, consider signing up for a certification review course!

Click here to put your name on an interest list for CPIM Part 1. 


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Become a recognized expert in the logistics, transportation and distribution fields. Certification demonstrates in-depth knowledge of a broad range of topics to set you apart from your colleagues — proving your high level of knowledge and skills. You'll be a more valuable asset to your organization, keeping you and your organization more competitive in today’s global economy.

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


Class Schedule / Information

Classes will only be held if required registration numbers are met. 

Click here to add your name to the prospective student list or email our VP of Professional Development at [email protected]  to let us know.

To learn more about the CLTD certification click here.


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APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional Classroom Course

APICS CSCP education is essential if you are interested in:

  • increasing your knowledge and expertise in the field of global supply chain management
  • facilitating supply chain functions or working with ERP systems
  • creating common frameworks within your company to address your supply chain challenges and opportunities

An APICS CSCP designation will help you:

  • master the necessary tools to effectively manage global supply chain activities, including suppliers, plans, distributors, and customers around the globe
  • acquire the skills you need to create consistency and foster collaboration through best practices, common terminology, and corporate communication
  • understand how to leverage technology to improve the entire supply chain process
  • increase your professional value and secure your future

 Class Schedule / Information

Classes will only be held if required registration numbers are met. Click here to add your name to the prospective student list or email our VP of Professional Development at [email protected] to let us know.

To learn more about the CSCP certification click here.


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Message from the Board

There may come a time when unforseen events force us to cancel an event.

Please read the following for details of our cancellation policy:



ASCM Fox Valley Forum Cancellation Policy

Procedure for Notification

If the ASCM Fox Valley Forum decides to cancel an event, notification will proceed as follows:

  1. Decision and notification will occur a minimum of 4 hours prior to the start of the event.
  2. VP Communication will send email notification of cancellation to all members registered to attend the event.
  3. VP Communication will post notification of cancellation on the home page of the chapter’s website at

Refund Policy

Every attempt will be made to reschedule an event that has been cancelled.  When this happens, all monies paid will go toward attendance on the rescheduled date.

If the ASCM Fox Valley Forum is unable to reschedule the event, refunds will be given in full.


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