Each month the APICS Providence Chapter produces a newsletter with information about upcoming PDMs, educational offerings, seminars and other events of interest. Newsletters are provided in the convenient PDF format.

June 2017 Print

President's Report

Last Friday, our newly installed 2017/2018 APICS Atlanta Board of Directors met for the first time. We are fortunate to have over 20 leaders from a variety of backgrounds willing to serve the Chapter and help us grow. We laid out the vision for where our 50+ year old organization is headed and shared a variety of areas where we are looking for volunteer leaders to help. If you are interested in volunteering or sponsoring APICS Atlanta programming, please reach out to me & we'll plug you in!

Special thanks to all of our volunteers and our sponsors: ShowMe50, Vanderlande Industries and TalentStream.

Chris Barnes

APICS Atlanta Chapter President


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Calendar of Events

Georgia  Manufacturing Alliance Plant Tour: High Roads Craft Ice Cream

July 7, 2017- Marietta

Enjoy a guided tour through High Roads Craft Ice Cream's new factory for a behind the scenes look at the ice cream making process. Guests will be able to see their top chefs supervising production and conjuring up ice cream, sorbet and gelato flavors and get sneak previews of  new flavors before they hit the shelves. High Road's new factory is primed to become both a local attraction for Atlanta-area residents as well as an entertaining and delicious travel destination for ice cream enthusiasts all over the nation. 

Click here for more information and to register.

APICS Southeast District Webinar Series:3 Practical Ideas to Reduce Inventory

July 18, 2017

As our supply chains continue to get more global and more complex and the software continues to get more and more sophisticated, it is very easy to fall-in-love with Technology.  However, there are tried and true practices that still apply in even the most sophisticated situations.  Join us for a 1-hour webinar to talk about 3 important topics that too many companies aren't doing that will help them reduce the cost of inventory and improve their warehouse and supply chain performance.  


APICS Train the Trainer Workshop

Interested in improving your facilitation skills and/or becoming an APICS instructor? Consider attending this two day workshop: August 4 & 5, 8am to 5pm.  

About the course:   The Train the Trainer course establishes a foundation of presentation skills as well as training skills, strategies, and capabilities that will lead to increased success with experience and feedback.  The focus of Train the Trainer is training, or an activity or programmed instruction that results in observable, measurable performance by the learner. Learning is the acquisition and use of knowledge. At the simplest level, it is straightforward recall or recognition of facts. At its most complex and abstract mental level, it involves evaluation, assessment, and judgment.  This two-day intensive course is a hands-on, do-it-yourself opportunity to practice developing and delivering training presentations. A successful and reliable set of tools will be provided that you can use in any training situation. You will receive constructive feedback from trained instructors/facilitators as well as your peers.

Contact Chris Barnes for more information.

APICS Southeast District Webinar Series: Tactical Material Flow Management

August 10, 2017

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.     

Click here for more information and to register.


Vetlanta Q3 Summit

August 16, 2017

Visit the APICS Atlanta Booth and support veterans transitioning into civilian life at the Vetlanta Q3 Summit.  

Registration Coming Soon, Click Here for More Information


Executive Roundtable Discussion: Supply Chain Transformation: A Case Study

August 23, 2017

Transforming a supply chain can be a significant emotional event. Not only must you properly align the end-to-end supply chain to the organization's overarching business goals - - but the leader of the transformation must also constantly communicate the process of the effort to the organization, address the fears and uncertainties involved with change management, limit scope creep and keep the end goal in mind. Utilizing tools such as Lean Six Sigma, SCOR and the latest technology can be a force multiplier or a distraction if not implemented properly.

Please join Blake Mathies, Vice President of Supply Chain for Vanderlande North America and a newly minted Certified Supply Chain Transformation Architect (CSCTA) as he discusses a Supply Chain Transformation that he and his team recently embarked upon. This robust initiative is near completion and will be featured in an upcoming article of Supply Chain World magazine. Blake will discuss the leadership lessons learned, utilization of the APICS SCOR framework, Lean Six Sigma & other tools used, communication and change management strategy and other pertinent aspects of their supply chain transformation.  

Contact Scott Luton for Information on Attending


September Meet & Greet: Fight Hunger and Shake Hands

September 12, 2017

Join us for an evening dedicated to supporting a non-profit and networking with other industry association professionals. APICS Atlanta and the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance have partnered with Rise Against Hunger to conduct a meal-building operation. Rise Against Hunger is driven by the vision of a world without hunger. Its mission is to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-changing aid to the world's most vulnerable and creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources. During this September 12th event, we'll be packing meals and getting them ready for Rise Against Hunger to distribute to those in need around the globe. After the meal-packing activities, we'll spend the rest of the evening sharing good food & drink, networking and competing in a Trivia Night competition.

FREE to attend - - DONATIONS are welcome.

Click Here for Information and to Register

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APICS Education

 Are you interested in obtaining your CSCP or CLTD certification? We are in the process of building classes for both in the fall. Please take 2 minutes and submit your information via our APICS Atlanta Education Survey:

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APICS Atlanta is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with ShowMe50. Read more in the press release: click here

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Job Board

 Are you an organization looking to hire talent in the Manufacturing, Logistics, Transportation or general Supply Chain space? Post a free ad on our APICS Atlanta Job Board. Here's a link - - questions? Contact Scott W. Luton at 678.296.5268 or

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