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

December 2020 Print

The Beacon Newsletter

Racine Breakwater Lighthouse



*Holiday Greetings* 

from the

APICS Fox Valley Chapter!


There will not be a PDM during this busy holiday season,


Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming information on our January PDM



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President's Report

Hello, fellow APICS Fox Valley Chapter members!

I hope this newsletter finds you well.

The chapter closed out the 2020 PDM season with an energetic and inspiring presentation by board member, Brian Figueroa.  In another online event, Brian showed us what is possible with the use of technology and analytics and demonstrated some of the innovative things going on at a company in our area, KBX Logistics.  I had really been looking forward to the presentation and was really impressed by what I saw. 

At the end of the evening, we were able to do a surprise drawing for a free ASCM core membership.  We randomly drew a number corresponding to the name of an attendee of the event.  Congratulations to Natalie Nygren for being selected!

We have all been impacted in one way or another by the pandemic.  If you or your employer are seeing an increase in demand and need good employees to help manage the workload, please consider utilizing our job board.  Click HERE to submit an ad.  The chapter has a lot of very talented and well-educated members and it’s FREE to post the ad. 

If you find yourself in a less than favorable position due to the pandemic and are between jobs, please check out our job board.  And, if your membership is also up for renewal, please let me know.  We can extend your membership a few months to help.  Just send me an e-mail and I can help. 

As I am typing my last President’s Letter for 2020, I am thinking back to the beginning of the year. Early in the year, we then found ourselves in quite a challenging and uncertain situation.  We missed out on a tour of Amazon’s Fulfillment Center in Kenosha, we missed out on holding our Top Management Night event and celebrating the achievements of our members who obtained certification, and we haven’t been together in person in over 8 months.  While it is very easy to get wrapped up in the losses we’ve all experienced in one way or another, it is important for us all to maintain our composure and focus on whatever positive experiences we’ve had.  Some companies, like Ford, shifted production away from making cars to making ventilators.  Some companies utilized technology to make a change in how they were conducting business.  Brian told us about how KBX Logistics started using electronic bills of lading.  The chapter has utilized technology to bring you PDMs in a virtual format.  Do you have a positive supply chain story you would like to share?  Let me know by sending me an e-mail.  My contact info is below.

Our PDM planning team is hard at work setting up content for our PDMs for 2021.  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.

Please have a safe and healthy holiday season.  I look forward to seeing you online for our January PDM and to seeing you in person again someday in the future.

Take Care,


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


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Welcome New Members

The APICS Fox Valley Chapter would like to welcome the following new members:  


Alex Johannes

David Pauly

Jessica Borchardt

Bree Ryan


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


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CBAR Platinum Status Awarded to APICS Fox Valley Chapter for 2020

"Chapter management excellence is an integral component to enhancing the member experience. Successful APICS chapters provide their members with opportunities for stellar education, career development, and networking.

The APICS Chapter Benchmarking and Reporting (CBAR) program recognizes chapters that have exceeded minimum standards and exemplify excellence in overall chapter management. We are proud to announce the APICS Fox Valley Chapter received the 2020 CBAR Platinum Award designation, an admirable accomplishment for an APICS chapter.

As a member of an APICS Platinum Award Winning Chapter, the CBAR designation signifies commitment to providing an exceptional membership experience.
" - 2020 ASCM Partner Development Committee

Once a chapter has achieved the Gold level for 5 consecutive years, they reach the Platinum level.  If a Platinum level chapter slips for just one year, it must attain Gold level 5 consecutive years before it can again become a Platinum chapter.  The Fox Valley chapter has been at the Platinum level for many years starting somewhere in the late 80’s or early 90’s.  Something to be very proud of!  Congratulations and Thank You to everyone past and present who has helped us achieve this accomplishment!


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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 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 Fox Valley APICS chapter 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 Fox Valley Chapter of APICS 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!

  APICS Fox Valley Chapter 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 chapter 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:



APICS Fox Valley Chapter Cancellation Policy

Procedure for Notification

If the APICS Fox Valley Chapter decides to cancel a chapter 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 APICS Fox Valley chapter is unable to reschedule the event, refunds will be given in full.


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