Past Events

ASCM Michigan East Chapter members and class instructors answered questions regarding APICS Certifications and the exam preparation classes we offer. 
Our Detroit Chapter President, Jill Hays, joined with other supply chain experts, in presenting their perspectives on Industry 4.0 digitization processes and optimization trends!  
This was a forum for Supply Chain professionals to discuss current news and trends. We hope we can bring these events back soon.

Solar Power Supply Chain 

Dr. Brittany Smith, Techno-Economic Researcher with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Washington D.C. 
Date: Monday January 11th

About this event:
– Dr. Smith shared her expertise on, “Solar Photovoltaic Manufacturing Supply Chains.”  We talked about the increased focus on renewable energy in the United States and Supply Chain’s relationship with this fast-growing industry. 

-This event qualified for APICS Certification Maintenance

Supply Chain and Social Policy

Dr. Yemisi Bolumole, Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management at Michigan State University
Date: Wednesday December 9th

About this event:
-Dr. Bolumole shared her expertise on “Supply Chain and Social Policy Responsibility.”   We talked about the increased focus on supply chains due to the pandemic and the social policy implications.

-This event qualified for APICS Certification Maintenance


When sourcing all-new technology products, one challenge supply managers face is when and how to collaborate with design and engineering colleagues. New product launches offer supply management professionals an opportunity to positively impact their company’s growth. To effectively speed up innovation, we must build bridges with our cross-functional team members. Our ability to acquire early cost data from suppliers, share information with product development teams, and quickly source parts also undoubtedly shortens the timeline. In this webinar, we’ll unpack proven strategies, tactics and tools that provide massive results for supply chain professionals to source new technology products faster.

You’ll Learn

  • How to quickly change your colleagues’ perception of supply management from “cost czar” to “trusted advisor” to enable a greater sourcing impact
  • What new agile project management software tools are available to help facilitate earlier supply chain involvement during product development
  • What tactics provide the best results when including suppliers earlier for both sourcing and generating greater technical product feedback
  • Why it’s critical to include supply management team members early in product design (supported by data from academic research)

May 27th: The Supply Chain Horizon: Future Trends for an Integrated Supply Chain

A FREE event hosting Dr. Judith Whipple, Professor Logistics and Supply Change Management at Michigan State University!

  • Dr. Whipple shared her expertise on, “What’s on the Supply Chain Horizon: Future Trends for an Integrated Supply Chain.” There will be time for discussion after her presentation.
  • This event qualifies for APICS Certification Maintenance
  • The event will be hosted on Zoom. First 100 to log in will be able to participate.

March 16th – VIRTUAL Student Career Event!

We met virtually with Supply Chain students to discuss career goals and network with future business leaders!

The goal of this event was to support students and recent graduates interested in careers in Supply Chain Management.

Date & Time: Mon, March 16, 2020 | 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

Location: Plymouth District Library, 223 South Main Street, Plymouth, MI 48170

Cost: FREE!

Dinner & discussion of Strategic Procurement with Linas Polteraitis, Adient’s VP of Global Commodity Procurement.

APICS Greater Detroit Chapter hosted a Professional Development Meeting focusing on Strategic Procurement and we would love you to join us. We welcome Linas Polteraitis, Adient’s VP of Global Commodity Procurement. Adient is a leader in automotive seating, supplying 23 million seat sets per year.

Linas has nearly twenty years of experience in the automotive industry within Purchasing & Supply Chain Management. He has enjoyed success in the North American and Asia Pacific regions at companies such as Isuzu, DMAX, ZF/TRW, Aptiv, and now Adient. Learn more…

Date: Thursday, February 6, 2020

Location: Schoolcraft College – VisTaTech Center, 18600 Haggerty Road, Livonia, MI 48152 | View Map

Cost: $30 (Member) | $40 (Non-Member) | $10 (Student)

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Dinner, Networking and Presentation at Slalom. Presentation from Tim McCurdy, StockX’s VP of Supply Chain!

APICS Greater Detroit and Slalom hosted Tim McCurdy, StockX’s VP of Supply Chain, and our amazing members and guests for a night of Supply Chain topics, food, drinks, and networking.

StockX is the world’s first stock market for things – a live ‘bid/ask’ marketplace. Buyers place bids, sellers place asks and when a bid and ask meet, the transaction happens automatically. Retro Jordans, Nikes, Yeezys and more – now 100% authentic guaranteed.

Agenda: 6:30 Dinner | 7:00 Hear from Tim McCurdy | 7:45 Networking

Date: Wed, November 20, 2019

Location: Slalom Offices, 660 Woodward Avenue, 19th Floor, Detroit, MI 48226

Cost: $25 – $35

Axe Throwing at BATL Novi

APICS Detroit had a fun fall networking event at BATL, Novi.

Date And Time: Tue, September 24, 2019

Location: BATL | The Backyard Axe Throwing League, Novi, MI;

Cost: $30 – $35

2nd Annual Southeast MI Outing

August 16, 2019

Join in the FUN for the for 18 HOLES OF GOLF!

There will be PRIZES for golf & tons of RAFFLE Prizes! Sponsorship opportunities also available!

Networking Event at B. Nektar Meadery – June 5, 2019

Networking event at B. Nektar Meadery – Taproom & Headquarters

When: Wednesday June 5th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM; Where: 1511 Jarvis Street Ferndale, MI 48220

Included: $5.00 (member) and $10.00 (non-member) includes a light dinner like Pizza or Jimmy John’s mini subs and a tour of B. Nektar’s production facility

About Mead and B. Nektar: Mead is a fermented beverage traditionally made from honey, water, and yeast.ble!

S&OP night of networking, good food, awards, and great presentation!


Thursday, May 2, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Detroit – Dearborn; Detroit, MI 48228

About the Event
In today’s complex marketplace, effective planning and performance metrics are critical for success. A successful S&OP process integrates financial, marketing and operational planning to create over-arching strategic plans for the business. APICS provides forward-looking programs that will prepare you to collaboratively participate in the S&OP process.

The APICS S&OP seminar provides managers and planners a comprehensive review of the principles and functions of S&OP. Attendees will participate in exercises and discussions on the elements of data collection, demand and supply planning, and conducting the pre- and executive S&OP meetings. The presenter will lead attendees through sales and marketing planning, resource requirements planning, distribution planning and more.

Attend the APICS S&OP seminar and learned how to:
Identify the necessary inputs needed for and the outputs from the S&OP process
Calculate the data elements for the S&OP process
Utilize the S&OP planning grid
Translate what you have learned from the S&OP process into production and inventory plans
Understand the impact that S&OP output has on the distribution plan

Individuals who attend an APICS S&OP seminar will receive 7 core contact hours toward the APICS S&OP Education Certificate, a comprehensive program that enables professionals to demonstrate their commitment to and understanding of S&OP principles and functions.

Interested in learning more?

Watch this online presentation given by Anthony Zampello, APICS Master Instructor, that gives an introduction to Sales and Operations Planning. Learn what S&OP is, why you should care about it, and how you can obtain the APICS S&OP Certificate.

Price: Member $399 or $374 using discount code DMSAVE25; Nonmember $499 or $474 using discount code DMSAVE25

APICS Greater Detroit Presents: Sales & Operational Planning: “A Holistic Approach” (Understanding the real challenges, not a theoretical perspective)

We’ve all heard the statement: “In today’s complex marketplace, effective planning and performance metrics are critical for success. A successful S&OP process integrates financial, marketing and operational planning to create over-arching strategic plans for the business.”

Join us for an interactive discussion on the real challenges, not just the theory in today’s business world on sales and operations planning! This interactive event is designed to engage the team, sharing insights from Global Supply Chain Management Executive Richard Ulrey’s real world experiences!

5:30-6:00 pm: Networking and Registration

6:00-7:00pm: Dinner presented by Magical Schoolcraft Culinary Team

7:00-8:00 pm:Presentation

APICS Greater Detroit Presents: Volunteer and Beer!

APICS Detroit team is excited to volunteer at Fleece and Thank You on March 16th!

The plan is to spend a couple hours creating the blanket kits at the warehouse in Novi, Michigan then head over for networking at Michigan Beer Company!

Fleece & Thank You provides comfort and hope to children battling illness by giving donors the unique opportunity to create a fleece blanket and a cherished video message of support and encouragement.

The blanket kits provide a friend in a time of need. Every blanket has a special patch that carries the video message from the maker. This is a comforting face in a scary time for the child in the hospital, and providing this connection is a huge reason why we do what we do.

APICS Detroit invites you to join us at the Harvest Brew Company for a fun fall networking event. Come and network with your fellow supply chain colleagues. There will be a cash bar serving rotating seasonal craft brews- feel free to bring your own growler to fill! Appetizers and fun finger food will be provided by the APICS team along with a fun tour of the facility inside one of Southeast Michigan’s premier culinary locals. Invite a colleague or spouse for this fun night of networking, see you there soon!!!

CSCMP – Eastern Michigan Roundtable and APICS Presents :Tour of the Corner/Auto Show

Join experts from MIC Custom Solutions, 4flow, and other industry-leading members of CSCMP and APICS to learn more about the impact that international trade agreements have on global supply chain networks.

Gianluca Romano, President, MIC Custom Solutions

Bob Wynes, Director Business Development and Strategy, 4flow Inc.

Amy Broglin, Principle, WinX Global Advisory

Hear and discuss Supply Chain Concepts for 2019

Here’s why you should come:

Interesting panel discussion on 2019 trends, compliance and change

Lunch at The Corner

Tour of this new landmark – created from the
Old Tiger Stadium

A ticket to the North American International Auto Show to use when you want

Interest in machine learning and Artificial Intelligence for SCM? September 19th

Join for an evening of networking, an excellent meal, and an interactive presentation on Artificial Intelligence. The focus surrounding Artificial Intelligence and supply chain management (SCM). Envision a future where supply chain teams will be using machine learning to make better predictions and ultimately more efficient supply chains.

This presentation will have an interaction feature, and will focus on the reality of AI vs the “Marketing Hype!”

Join fellow Supply Chain Professionals in the fun with networking, raffles and contest prizes and – of course- 18 holes of golf! The day includes Green Fees, Cart, Range Balls, Lunch Buffet and Drink Coupon.

Location: Sanctuary Lake Golf Course, 1450 E South Blvd, Troy, MI

Date & Time: August 10th, 2018

8:00am – Registration

9:00am – Shotgun Start

APICS Detroit Career Night

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Time: 6:00-8:00pm

Location: Eastern Michigan University – Livonia, MI

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Supply Chain Risk Management PDM

Supply chain risk management is now a strategic topic in supply chains across the globe. Companies must be both insightful and selective in determining which risks require detailed risk planning.

In this presentation, Dan Howe – Supply Chain Risk Guru, will discuss his journey from an operations-focused supply chain professional to a risk manager/advisor. Various risk management methodologies and their practical applications in operations will be explored.

FedEx Oak Park Tour

September 14th – APICS Members only event

Tour Content:
– Supply Chain Risk Management Presentation
– Analytics in the Supply Chain
– Autonomous Vehicle impact to the Supply Chain
The FedEx Ground Tour is officially FULL! We plan to schedule another in the near future.

APICS Greater Detroit Presents: Supply Chain and Industry 4.0 – the 4th Industrial Revolution

Wednesday, April 11, 2017,

Time: 5:30-8:00 pm

Location: Schoolcraft Vista Tech Center – Livonia, Michigan

Register at:

APICS Greater Detroit Presents: The Autonomous Vehicle – Ground-Shaking Supply Chain Impact Considerations

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

There’s a lot of news circulating about autonomous vehicles. This disruptive technology will require a paradigm shift as the world moves toward contemporary ride sharing scenarios and the introduction of autonomous vehicle technology—the 24/7-vehicle usage profile.

Come join us as we learn about the supply chain impact and considerations for this paradigm shift associated with autonomous vehicles (i.e. self driving vehicles)!

Current vehicle usage cycles are very low, 5% or less. However, within the context of a fully mature autonomous vehicle environment involving structured car sharing, the daily usage rate could grow to 95% or more. Such a dramatic increase in utilization will have an impact on the vehicle system life, the supply chain to support it, and is assumed will have a significant degradation effect. This presentation will explore this hypothesis.
While full adoption may take decades, driverless cars are inevitable. Companies that look far ahead, plan and execute the fastest will survive. Those companies sticking to tradition risk stalling, or disappearing altogether.

Speaker Bio
James (Jim) Wasiloff is the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle Reliability Leader at BAE Systems. In this role, he leads the AMPV Reliability Engineering program effort and serves as a BAE Systems consultant on Lean Six Sigma, Design for Six Sigma, and Autonomous Vehicle Technology.

Jim has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Oakland University, a Master of Science degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from The University of Michigan, and is currently enrolled in a Doctorate in Engineering program in Manufacturing (Reliability and Robust Engineering) at The University of Michigan. He has studied Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Vehicles at Stanford University under Sebastian Thrun. A certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Jim has specialized in the implementation of Design for Six Sigma and related preemptive problem avoidance methodologies.

Supply Chain Collaboration – The Ultimate Value Chain Experience!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

APICS Greater Detroit Presents: Supply Chain Collaboration – The Ultimate Value Chain Experience!

Get ready for action! WARNING…. This evening is NOT a “relax at dinner and listen to a lecture” type of evening! But don’t worry, you will be fed… both your mind and your body!

Join us for a hands-on Supply Chain event – a fun, high energy evening learning to bridge theory and practice!

APICS Greater Detroit is pleased to announce a supply chain learning experience that integrates theory in a practical way. This cross-functional business simulation workshop is a hands-on opportunity. Participants will be part of a simulated management team in one of the four following roles:

VP Purchasing: Responsible for selecting the right suppliers and agreeing SLAs with suppliers, including possible collaboration options.

VP Operations: Must decide on capacity in warehouses and production areas and approve investment in bottling lines and mixers. Can introduce various improvement projects. Has the ability to outsource outbound warehousing.

VP Supply Chain: Manages inventories (safety stock and lot size settings), production intervals, and the frozen period of production.

VP Sales: Agrees SLAs with customers, manages the product and customer portfolio, forecasts demand and can introduce collaboration concepts.

The Goal: deliver optimal performance using supply chain best practices from theory and real life. Or, in other words, win prizes through creating the best-simulated supply chain! (And YES, there will be metrics!!!)
Just like real world, every decision a participant makes has trade-offs, both within and across roles, so participants will only succeed if they align all the disciplines. As the simulation evolves it becomes clear that a supply chain strategy is essential for success – and that the strategy must be implemented and deployed to functional levels and below to be effective. Winning is about generating the best ROI for the business while still managing your own team’s Key Performance Indicators and targets.

This event is designed for any professional who works as part of cross-functional teams along the value chain. This can include:
General managers, Operations managers, Production managers, Supply chain managers, Logistics managers, Warehouse managers, Sales / Marketing managers, Financial managers, Procurement managers / buyers, Planners / forecasters

About our Presenter: James C. Williams
James is an exceptional Leader and understands what it takes to drive value within the Global Supply Chain.

Vice President Client Solutions for DSV, with responsibilities consisting of designing and implementing global Supply Chain Management solution for strategic clients within the Automotive Vertical.
Prior to joining DSV James served as the Vice President of Supply Chain Solutions for Walker Logistics where he transformed a small minority Logistics company into a mid-tier supply chain solutions provider.

James earned a Master of Science in International Logistics at The Georgia Institute of Technology, a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix in 2001, and a Bachelor of Business Administration and Logistics from Central Michigan University in 1991.

February 28th Networking Event

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Join us February 28, 2017 for an APICS Greater Detroit Networking Event!

Take Break from the complicated, behind-the-scenes work of getting goods from one place to another, on time and on budget and join the APICS Detroit Chapter for an opportunity to socialize and connect with professionals within all areas of Supply Chain. Meet APICS Board Members, expand your network, hear about upcoming events, and learn how you can get involved as a volunteer or member.

Stop by after work and feel free to bring a colleague! Enjoy light appetizers and a raffle giveaway. Cash bar will be available.

CSCMP – Eastern Michigan Roundtable and APICS Presents : Rock and Ride

Thursday, January 19, 2017



Join us at the Hard Rock of Detroit on Thursday January 19th at 11:00am for networking, presentations, lunch and a ticket to the North American International Auto Show with People Mover tokens to get there and back.

Why come?:
1) Hard Rock- Detroit has memorabilia !
2) The North American Auto Show is something you NEED to see.
3) Presentations – Port issues? Auto productivity issues? Transportation Savings?

Using Modeling Technology to Mitigate Supply Chain Risk

Tuesday, November 15, 2016


Given the new global reality of sustained volatility, complexity and rapid change, supply chain design has become a critical business function. Forward-thinking businesses are continuously redesigning and improving their supply chains. They are using modeling
Technology to examine how their supply chain will perform under a wide range of market conditions and assumptions, and analyzing the trade-offs between cost, service and risk. They are able to mitigate business risk through the engineering of their supply chain operations, therefore enabling significant and sustained advantage over competitors. Attendees will learn how creating living models of the supply chain, enables three key elements of supply chain risk mitigation:

• Visibility: What is the current structure and flow of goods through my supply chain?
• Scenario analysis: What if we try this? How would my costs or service be affected by this?
• Rapid response: How should I react to an unplanned event?

About the Speaker
Bill is a Senior Director Customer Strategy with LLamasoft in Ann Arbor, MI. Since joining LLamasoft in June, 2012, Bill has worked on numerous commercial network optimization, Inventory planning and transportation optimization projects in almost all global industries. He has also been the lead business leader and mastermind in supporting large client integrations and conversions from legacy supply chain design optimization tools to the Supply Chain Guru platform and acting as a change agent and client.

Fed Ex Tour – APICS Members Only

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

APICS members only event

The FedEx Ground facility uses conveyers, bar code scanners and other technology to sort the outbound shipments. The tour includes climbing ladders to see certain parts of this indoor facility, so please dress appropriately. (Closed toe shoes, etc.)

No charge for this very special members only event.

Since space is very limited, early reservations are recommended.

APICS-2016 Annual Conference

September 25 – 27, 2016

The premier conference for supply chain professionals

Supply chain professionals are expected to achieve maximum productivity, meet consumer demand and remain agile amid instability and unpredictability. Each year, the APICS conference offers relevant education, best practices and thought leadership to help attendees lead their organizations and reach these goals.

Attend APICS 2016 to:
Learn best practices to create more sustainable, resilient, strategic and value-driven supply chains.
Advance your career by networking with professionals who are shaping the future of supply chain and operations management.
Elevate your company’s performance with actionable insights gained from industry leaders

APICS 2016 will attract more than 2,000 supply chain professionals from over 40 countries — be where supply chain is going.

Date: September 25–27, 2016
Location: Washington DC, Marriott Washington Wardman Park

Experience the charm of the Woodley Park historic neighborhood in the heart of Washington DC. Just a few steps away, you’ll discover unique stores and ethnic cuisine of Adams Morgan or the exciting night life of Dupont Circle. Head north to hear the sounds of animals coming from the National Zoo. Or venture into the hotel’s natural surroundings to enjoy a quiet hike or invigorating run through Rock Creek Park.

APICS 2016 features:
A world-class educational program
Connecting with professionals from all the sides of the value chain enables you to foster relationships, explore trends, debate challenges, strengthen processes and heighten efficiency. APICS 2016 offers a robust educational program covering end-to-end supply chain topics.

Powerful general sessions
APICS conferences feature well-known, dynamic speakers. These respected business leaders, authors and innovators share their knowledge and experiences with conference attendees.

Nonstop networking opportunities
Connect with peers and industry experts from around the globe and exchange ideas at conference receptions, luncheons, career events and more.

Experience the APICS 2016 Expo
Learn about innovative new products and services that are shaping the supply chain future at the APICS 2016 Expo. This is your opportunity to talk with vendors about your specific needs and see firsthand the emerging tools and technologies advancing the field of supply chain and operations management.

Facility tours
See supply chains in action when you attend one of our facility tours.

Supply Chain Management in Healthcare, a Changing Landscape

April 26, 2016

APICS Greater Detroit and MARHMM Present: Supply Chain Management in Healthcare, a Changing Landscape

Presented by: Ed Hisscock, Trinity Health

The healthcare landscape is changing dramatically from both a demographics perspective (baby boomers coming of healthcare heavy utilizer age) and a regulatory perspective (Affordable Care Act, HIPAA, Price Gouging). In this presentation Ed Hisscock from Trinity Health will discuss the current state of the healthcare supply chain and some of the present challenges for both the Industry and Trinity Health.

Introduction: Healthcare Industry, Trinity Health

Healthcare Supply Chain Overview:
Demand Profile, SKU Proliferation: Lack of Standards, Preference over Evidence Based Criteria

Contracting Strategies: Group Purchasing Organizations, Self-Op Strategies

Logistics: Distribution Dependencies, Self-Op Strategies

Challenges: Demand Peaking (baby boomers), Payment Mechanisms Changing (ACO), Regulations Tightening (HIPAA), Supplier Price Gouging

About the Speaker
Ed Hisscock is Vice President of Strategic Sourcing and Transformation Officer for Non-Labor Spend at Trinity Health, a leading catholic healthcare ministry. Ed has returned to Trinity Health to lead the enterprise sourcing and contracting efforts and the supply chain transformation.

Prior to rejoining Trinity Health, Ed co-founded Optimé Supply Chain, a software solutions provider, and founded Appleseed Healthcare Resources, a supply chain consultancy. As an entrepreneur, he co-developed multiple supply chain optimization technologies and personally served over 100 healthcare provider organizations in the US and Europe.

Before his entrepreneurial journey, Ed served the provider sector at Mercy Health Services, later Trinity Health where he held several key supply chain positions in both the corporate and hospital settings. At the corporate office he was responsible for leading the development and implementation of an enterprise supply chain Information Technology (IT) and content management strategy and directed the sourcing and procurement of the organizations IT spend. In his role at the hospital, he designed and implemented a shared services cooperative and led the development of a contract and supply data warehouse.

Ed began his career in healthcare with American Scientific Products, later Baxter Healthcare. In his work at Baxter, Ed piloted a new services venture in contract materials management and consultation, led a regional distribution center and a regional technical services team and facilitated many change management, product management and educational events.

Ed holds an Electronics Engineering degree in from the Ohio Institute of Technology, a Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science from National Lewis University and a Master’s degree in Supply Chain from Michigan State University.


Thursday, March 10, 2016


Materials Requirements Planning (MRP) is a vital component in the supply chain. It acts as the bridge between master planning and production in a system. MRP helps to determine requirements and keep priorities. The APICS Principles and Practices of MRP seminar assists beginning and experienced planners using a MRP system. Through classroom discussion and practical, hands-on exercises, this seminar will help attendees gain a firm understanding of the principles and functions of MRP in the manufacturing process.

Attend this seminar and learn how to:

Understand the objectives and functions of MRP
Work with the different types of demand placed on the inventory resources of the company
Use MRP-generated action messages when performing MRP output maintenance
Determine when it is time to release manufacturing and purchase orders
Develop performance measurements to determine the effectiveness of the MRP in priority management

By the conclusion of the seminar, attendees will have acquired practical tools to make MRP environments work more smoothly, increase productivity and reduce operational costs.