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GE Reports: 3D Printing Aircraft Engine Parts

GE reports video imageIn this special video tour of Avio Aero facilities and labs, GE REPORTS shows how 3D printing and digital technologies are altering the face of aircraft engine manufacturing in Italy.




GE Teams Use CPFR Forecasting Methods to Build 6 Ft. Freestanding Towers in 6 Minutes 

GE Team photoMaster Planning of Resource (MPR) student teams at GE used collaborative planning, forecasting, and replenishment (CPFR) forecasting methods to construct six feet tall freestanding towers in only six minutes.


ge team photoThe demonstrations took place during our onsite course that ended on February 2, 2017. This Tower Exercise is one of dozens of interactive exercises developed by our instructor team to enhance APICS curricula and increase learning retention.  Four of our 17 students have already passed the MPR exam!



Nestlé USA to Move US Headquarters to Rosslyn, VA


nestle hqNestlé USA, a subsidiary of Nestlé S.A., a leading global nutrition, health and wellness company, announced that it will transition its corporate headquarters to Arlington County, Virginia starting later this year. The company expects to bring approximately 750 jobs to the Washington, D.C. area with this transition. 




Tom Brady, Under Armour Team Up on Recovery Sleepwear

Tom Brady sleepingPatriots Quarterback Tom Brady and Under Armour have teamed up on a line of Athlete Recovery Sleepwear. The pajamas are designed to rebuild your body while you rest using the power of Far Infrared.

According to Under Armour, "Far Infrared is a type of energy on the infrared spectrum that has several benefits for the human body. The soft bioceramic print on the inside of the garment absorbs the body’s natural heat and reflects Far Infrared back to the skin. This helps your body recover faster, promotes better sleep, reduces inflammation, and regulates cell metabolism."

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warehouse videoThis video by CNBC shows a warehouse, called Supply Chain City, that makes use of new technologies like drone and radio-frequency identification systems to increase efficiency.



Amazon To Hire 100,000 Full-Time Employees

amazon jobs mapAmazon announced that it plans to hire 100,000 full-time employees in the U.S. between now and mid-2018. The jobs will include full benefits and span engineering roles, logistics, and customer service, among other occupations, the company said. By the time the jobs initiative is over, Amazon will employ more than 280,000 people in the U.S. alone.
The company says that the "full-time, full-benefit" jobs will employ people with ranges of experience and education levels in several different states.
Amazon currently has 445 jobs listings in the DC Metro area and 492 in Herndon, VA.


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Upcoming Courses and Events

Webinar: Identifying and Investigating Supply Chain Risk


Bloomberg logoIn this tense climate, managing supply chain risk is more critical than ever. Supply chain professionals leverage Bloomberg’s transparent data and sophisticated tools to uncover risk and negotiate better positions with suppliers. On March 1st, tune in to see how Bloomberg’s industry-leading platform for news, data, and analytical tools, provides purchasing professionals with the insights needed to deliver cost savings and security to their global supply chains.


Date: March 1

Time: 2-3 p.m.

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 March PDM Tour: JLG Industries

JLG logoThe Cumberland Valley Operating Unit of your newly expanded DC Metro chapter is pleased to announce our March event: World-class Excellence in Quality, Service and Delivery at JLG Industries.

JLG has long been a pioneer in producing environmentally friendly lift and access equipment. They also continually seek out and embrace ways to be more sustainable in every aspect of their operation. Sustainability guides their responsibility to the environment and to their customers, who demand green solutions.

At parent company Oshkosh, sustainability drives responsible manufacturing, careful resource management and environmentally sound products and services. As an Oshkosh company, JLG continues to lead the way in making innovative products that meet customers’ needs for energy-efficient solutions and reduce impact on the environment



Thursday, March 16, 2017  from 5:30 to 7:00



560 Walnut Bottom Rd, Shippensburg, PA, 17257






Foreign visitors by Wednesday, March 1, 2017*

U.S. Citizens by Wednesday, March 8, 2017

*All foreign visitors must be reported in advance to the Facility Security Officer. A form must be completed and submitted to the Facility Security Officer at least ten days in advance for all unclassified visits to allow sufficient time for processing.  Please request a copy of the form from

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APICS Seminar on Principles of Distribution and Logistics

APICS logoThis seminar is designed to introduce operations management professionals to the field of distribution and logistics management. This comprehensive seminar is appropriate for both beginning and experienced individuals.

Attend this seminar to learn how to:

  • Use ”push” and “pull” inventory replenishment in a multi-echelon environment
  • Integrate new technologies to your distribution channels
  • Be mindful of sustainability and “green” issues Measure performance to ensure optimal efficiency and productivity
  • Support customer service objectives using warehousing
  • Decide when you should be using the various types of transportation modes
  • Set objectives for warehouse design, automation, equipment, and layout

By the conclusion of the seminar, attendees will have a clear knowledge of the  fundamentals of distribution and logistics functions and objectives.

Presenter: Mark C. Hardison, CFPIM, CSCP, CLTD

HardisonMark currently serves as the Associate Director, Supply Chain for Jubilant Cadista Pharmaceuticals, one of the fastest growing generic pharmaceutical companies in the US. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelors in Business Administration from Strayer University.

He has over 40 years of experience in the fields of operations management and supply chain management. Mark is recognized by APICS as a Certified Fellow in Production and Inventory Management (CFPIM), Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), and Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD).  He was the founding chair of the CSCP Examination Committee, has recently served as the chair of the CPIM Basics of Supply Chain Management Examination Committee, and currently serves as a founding member CLTD Examination Committee.


March 16, 2017, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Location: Washington, D.C.  



APICS member $399
Nonmember $499
Save $25 with promo code DCSAVE25


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Certified Logistics, Transportation & Distribution (CLTD) Workshops

CLTD learning systemCLTD covers concepts, tools and processes which illustrate the supply chain-wide system perspective of logistics.  CLTD emphasizes the microanalysis of logistics, distribution and transportation services. 

Managing a logistics systems requires oversights of transportation, order processing, inventory and the combination of warehousing, material handling and packaging.  All these components are integrated through a network of facilities with a goal to support customer service, manufacturing and purchasing operational requirements.


Who Should Attend?  Industry newcomers, logistics professionals, importers and exporters, 3PLs and 4PLs will learn the latest technologies and LTD trends.  Anyone active in daily management of warehousing or working within a multi-level distribution network will benefit from the best practices presented in this workshop, as will anyone involved in the transportation modes of trucking, rail, ocean, airline or pipeline operations.



Cost:  Students must bring highlighters and a calculator with square root function to every session.  Substantial pre-course Reading Assignments are required for every session, including the first.  Cost of $2,795 Member/$3,245 Nonmember includes 1st year of APICS membership, tuition and exam fee plus the following materials:


  • 2017 CLTD Learning System
  • Online study tools access
  • CLTD Exam credit (valid for 6 months)


Curriculum:  Classes are highly interactive, with reading assignments, exercises, discussions, quizzes, demos, DVDs, Midterm & Final tests plus multiple study tools.  The five days cover:


1.  Logistics & Supply Chain Overview
2.  Capacity Planning & Demand Management
3.  Order Management
4.  Inventory & Warehouse Management 

5.   Transportation
6.   Global Logistics Considerations
7.   Logistics Network Design
8.   Reverse Logistics & Sustainability


Location:  For more details, call Joni Holeman at 703 430-4075 or email  We happily accept Pcard, debit or credit cards, personal or company checks and purchase orders.  See you in class!



CSCP Classes and Workshops

CSCP learning systemFrom manufacturers to service providers, regardless of whether a firm’s clients are businesses or consumers, for-profit or not, supply chain management (SCM) impacts all organizations.  Customers already demand high quality and low prices.  In today’s global markets, user convenience, delivery speed, and promise date reliability are becoming increasingly important from a value perspective.  As a result, flawless deployment has become essential to competing successfully in a global marketplace.

CSCP takes a broad view of SCM, extending beyond internal operations to encompass all the links throughout a value chain network—from supplier to end consumer—and how to effectively integrate, manage, and innovate these activities to optimize supply chain performance.  Web tools with an online dictionary, e-flashcards, practice questions, pre- and post-tests are included with each Participant Learning System.


Course Dates:  Course Name:

Fairfax CSCP 5-Friday Workshop, Feb-Mar 2017


CSCP Exam Prep Course at Anne Arundel Community College 


CONUS Springfield 5-Day CSCP Workshop, April 3-7, 2017


Fairfax CSCP 5-Friday Workshop, June 2017


CONUS Springfield 5-Day CSCP Workshop, June 19-23, 2017


Sterling CSCP 5-Sat Workshop, July-Aug 2017


CONUS Springfield 5-Day CSCP Workshop, August 21-25, 2017


Fairfax CSCP 5-Friday Workshop, Sept-Oct, 2017


Springfield 5-Day CSCP Workshop, October 2017


Sterling CSCP 5-Sat Workshop, Nov-Dec 2017



CPIM Courses


CPIM circleCertified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM): This program is the global standard of expertise for operations professionals. Every ERP system uses business rules originating from CPIM's body of knowledge.  It includes five modules that distill over 50 years of industry best practices, enabling practitioners to optimize a firm's internal fulfillment processes. 

Its capstone course, Strategic Management of Resources, is the only local leadership training for strategic and business planning available outside of a Master's graduate degree program.  Each module concludes with a rigorous exam.  Candidates must pass all 5 exams (available on demand) to earn the CPIM credential. 

Course Dates:      Course Name:

Kaplan Rockville BSCM, June-July 2017


Kaplan Rockville MPR, August 2017


Kaplan Rockville DSP, Sept.-Oct. 2017 


Kaplan Rockville ECO, December 2017


Kaplan Rockville SMR, January 2018


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Chapter News

DC Metro Announces Strategic Partnership with Kaplan University


Kaplan group photoYour DC Metro Chapter is pleased to announce a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) executed November 4, 2016 with the Workforce Development team at Kaplan University’s Hagerstown and Rockville campuses.  Kaplan has agreed to host APICS training events at both facilities. Pictured, left to right: Joni Holeman, DC Metro VP of Education; John Brantley, Kaplan Director of Workforce Development; Yu-Cheng Chien, DC Metro VP of University Relations.

John Brantley, Director of Workforce Development for Kaplan, states “APICS is an industry leading, globally recognized organization.  We are very proud to partner with a group of professionals who set the industry standard in supply chain excellence.”

“This exciting partnership enables our veterans to use GI Bill benefits for certification programs such as CSCP, CLTD and CPIM,” reports Joni Holeman, VP Education at DC Metro.  “We’ve been looking for a new facility in the Rockville area to host classes.  Kaplan’s campus on Piccard Drive (Shady Grove exit 8 off I-270) provides free parking and state-of-the-art classrooms.”

On January 30 we completed a 5-Monday CSCP workshop at Kaplan’s Rockville site, then started a CLTD on February 13.  A CPIM cohort is scheduled to begin in June.  Please visit our Calendar page for a full listing of course offerings.


Congratulations Newly Certified Members

CSCP logo

CPIM logo


New CSCPs:

Kenneth Tisch, The College Board
Brian Chane, Ernst & Young LLP
Julia Allen, Cipher-Systems LLC
Victoria Roberts-Murphy, AstraZeneca Biologics
Alan Corbett, Micron Technologies Inc.

New CPIMs:
Dnyanesh Anaspure, Sun Trust Bank






New CLTDs:

Nishat Ahmed, M.C. Dean, Inc.
Yu-Cheng Chien, Hughes Network Systems
Jessica Flory, Instructor
Joni Holeman, VP Education
Irv Varkonyi, SCOPE


New SCOR-P Endorsements:

Nishat Ahmed, M.C. Dean, Inc.
Jayati Saha, J&J, GPE
Gerald Verno, WMATA




Welcome New Members!

Andre Ajabor
Jonathan Augustus
Jordan Austin
Brian Avison
Hanah Billups
Wane Byer
Qiuyan Chen
Renee Cooper
Curtis Cummings
Fred Della Gala
Tahirah Dickenson
Jennifer Fertig
Porter Flinn
Sid Govindani
Myrna Guzman
Rich D Hansen
Christopher Hill
Samaiya Hoyle
Ikenna Ikeotuonye
Jerome Inniss
Ronald Kauffman
Rachel Kenlaw
Willie King
Matthew Lawrence


Rhonda Leib
Chakriya Lim
Gerald L Lowery
Matthew Lowy
Durel Marsh
Cadesha Mclean
Ashton Myles
Adindu Nwadialo
Karol Pacherres
Erika Peterson
Shicheng Qi
Zijia Ren
Catherine Rogers
Richard Ryles
Michael Saavedra
Nadine Silva
Dana Slaughter
Christopher Sobieski
Ronald Walker
Jaelan White
Kayla Williams
Jacqueline Wincek
Jiahui Wu
Caijun Zhong

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Student Chapter News

Four UMD Teams Head to Case Competition This Month

We are SO proud to share the news that at 2017's annual Mid Atlantic District's (MAD) Student Case Competition being held in Pittsburgh February 25-26four of the five semifinal teams are coming from UMD's College Park graduate school! 

Our four teams pictured below will compete in the third of three 2-hour online rounds using The Fresh Connection's rigorous supply chain simulation game. They will then write a 3-page synopsis of their team's strategies which will be scored by a panel of 3 judges. On Saturday afternoon the team will deliver a 10-minute oral presentation to an audience of over 50 APICS professionals and university professors. This presentation is likewise scored by a separate panel of 3 judges.  Scores are combined to determine the District winner, whose team receives a check for $5,500 to support their travel to the International Student Case Competition Finals October 13-16 at the APICS 2017 Conference in San Antonio, TX. 

These teams ROCK!

avengers team photo National security stmadnl9 team Stmadnl11 team

Teams pictured, left to right:

Avengers: Weiguang Zeng, Hailong He, Shuxuan Zhao, Wei Zhang.

National security is champion: Li Sun,Shicheng Qi, Zilong Hua, Jiawei Shou, Zigeng Zhang. stmadnl9: Yun Hsiang Yeh,Qijing Huang, Haotian Ni,Chunan Tong. Stmadnl11: Xuejing Sun, Jiahui Wu, Caijun Zhong, Qiuyan Chen. 


UMD Student Chapter Hosts Strategic Planning Board Meeting

strategic planning photoOur Student Chapter graciously hosted a special 5-hour SP workshop on campus at the Robert H Smith School of Business last Saturday.  Here, ASC President Hailong He answers a question from one of our facilitators, Dave Flory and Carmen Zapata.

With 89 members, UMD's ASC is one of the top five largest Student Chapters within our Mid Atlantic District.

Howard University ASC

Howard University logoBreaking News: the Charter plaque for our third and newest Associated Student Chapter (ASC) at Howard University in Washington, DC is awaiting final approval from APICS HQ.  Watch for presentation photos in April's upcoming newsletter to meet their BoD and Faculty Adviser!

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