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Global Value Chain Development Report: Measuring and Analyzing the Impact of GVCs on Economic Development


GVC report coverThe World Bank recently released a report on Global Value Chains (GVCs). GVCs transform global trade by breaking production into steps that can be carried out in different countries. GVCs provide new opportunities for developing countries to increase their participation in global trade and to diversify their exports. Without them, a developing country would have to be able to produce a complete product in order to expand into a new line of business. The report  examines ways developing countries can deepen their involvement in GVCs and move up the value chain.
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Amazon Files Patent for Underwater Storage Facility

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Amazon Technologies, Inc. has filed a patent for an underwater storage facility where items could be stored in man-made pools or natural bodies of water while waiting for orders to be fulfilled.

Read more: Amazon Is Going Underwater. Seriously. (Fortune)





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Upcoming Courses and Events

Supply Chain Management Meetup: Cryptocurrency

cryptocurrency graphicJoin the Supply Chain Management Meetup Group for a discussion on cryptocurrency. This presentation will address how blockchain technologies can improve the schedule and cost performance of supply chains. The group will examine blockchain solutions to improve the planning and management of all activities involved in sourcing and procurement, conversion, and all logistics management activities.

Meetup details:
Mon Sep. 18, 7:00 PM
O'Sullivan'­s Irish Pub
3207 Washington Blvd.
Arlington, VA

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Cybersecurity In Supply Chain Management


The global value chain is complex and constantly changing. Organizations need to be vigilant or their supply chains can be vulnerable to a series of risks. This brief presentation provides participants with a peek at the global supply chain cybersecurity risk landscape, and discusses best practices to proactively mitigate these risks.

Speaker Bio:

Mark Lippman is an experienced executive with over fifteen years leading security organizations at Arsenal Security Group, IBM and Cybertrust prior to joining Protiviti in 2012. Mr. Lippman has led engagements with over 100 clients transcending almost every industry although his expertise is in the Financial Services, Payment Processing and Retail sectors. Mr. Lippman received his MBA at Wharton and currently leads the National Security and Privacy practice. In addition, Mr. Lippman is a QSA-certified assessor for the Payment Card Industry (PCI) data security standards.

October 19, 2017
6:00 PM EDT - 8:00 PM EDT


Microsoft Store at Tysons Corner Mall
1961 Chain Bridge Rd. (Level 2, next to Banana Republic & across from Victoria's Secret)
McLean, VA 22102

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APICS 2017 Conference 

APICS 2017 graphicSupply chain excellence doesn’t just happen. Leaders make it happen by aligning with proven standards and practices. The journey to excellence is clear. APICS sets the standard, and APICS 2017 is the destination for end-to-end supply chain Education, Networking and Inspiration. Join over 2,000 of your fellow supply chain, operations and logistics management professionals in vibrant San Antonio for the supply chain event of the year.  Need one more excellent reason to attend APICS 2017?  At the conference, APICS will be remembering 60 years of supply chain evolution and looking forward to the bright future of the profession. Be part of the celebration of APICS's 60th anniversary in San Antonio!

OCTOBER 15–17, 2017 
San Antonio, TX

Conference Keynote Speakers

John Mackey | Co-Founder & CEO of Whole Foods Market

john mackey photoJohn Mackey, co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market, has led the natural and organic grocer to a $14 billion Fortune 500 company with more than 410 stores and 88,000 team members in three countries. The company has been included on Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for 18 consecutive years and ranked first in the food and drug store industry as part of the magazine’s “Most Admired Companies” list in 2014.


Derreck Kayongo | Founder of the Global Soap Project

derrick kayongo photoDerreck Kayongo and his family fled a civil war in Uganda and settled in the U.S. when Kayongo was just ten years old. Now a successful entrepreneur, Kayongo is a renowned expert in environmental sustainability and global health. Kayongo is the founder of the Global Soap Project: a program which takes donated, melted, purified and reprocessed hotel soap and redistributes it to vulnerable populations around the world.


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Coming in September – Transformed CPIM for Today’s Busy Professionals

The APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) is known as the premier certification for internal supply chain business operations. Since CPIM’s launch in 1973, more than 100,000 professionals have benefited from this globally recognized certification. 

Companies and employers know that CPIM designees have the proven knowledge and skills to strategically streamline operations.  Now, APICS is streamlining the CPIM program to better serve the needs of the supply chain workforce - while maintaining the body of knowledge and integrity that has kept CPIM at the forefront of supply chain education.  View the webinar CPIM Transformed for Today's Busy Professional and FAQ's for details on the new CPIM Learning System and exams.

CPIM Transformation – The NEW CPIM Version 6.0

The new, streamlined CPIM program launches in September 2017. Features and benefits of the new CPIM Version 6.0 include:

  • Only 2 exams - CPIM Part 1 and CPIM Part 2 – required to earn the CPIM credential.
  • Already taken CPIM BSCM? - The current CPIM BSCM exam counts toward the new, streamlined CPIM Part 1.  
  • Streamlined certification experience gets you certified faster.
  • Updated format delivers the same CPIM knowledge and skills in a focused program to meet the training needs of today’s busy supply chain professionals.
  • New CPIM Learning System, a proven APICS certification preparation method that combines reading materials with online practice tests and tools. 
  • Ability to purchase the entire CPIM bundle, including the complete CPIM Learning System, CPIM Part 1 exam and CPIM Part 2 exam.

Upcoming CPIM Courses:

Course Dates


10/16-11/13 CPIM Part 1, 4-Mon, KU Rockville Oct-Nov 2017


4-Sat CPIM Part 1 Sterling Workshop, Oct-Nov 2017


5-Sat CPIM Part 2 Sterling Workshop, Jan-Feb 2018


5-Mon CPIM Part 2, KU Rockville, Feb-Apr 2018


Certified Logistics, Transportation & Distribution (CLTD) Workshops

CLTD graphicCLTD 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.


Course Dates   Course Name



CONUS Full Week CLTD Workshop, October 2017

Beg. 10/18


Rockville Public CLTD Workshop Oct-Dec 2017


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 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, Sept-Oct, 2017



Springfield 5-Day CSCP Workshop, October 2017



Sterling CSCP 5-Sat Workshop, Nov-Dec 2017




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Chapter News

DC Metro Elects New Board Members


President--Gerald Verno

photo of Gerald VernoGerald Verno is a supply chain professional currently working with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, (WMATA), as a Business Systems Manager. In this capacity he is responsible for developing all training, business processes, and metrics supporting the supply chain. He also chairs the employee recognition program at WMATA. His past experiences have been with MRO in manufacturing, asset management, warehouse management, and retail supply chains. He currently sits on the APICS DC Metro Board of Directors as the Vice President of Operations. He holds a SCOR-P endorsement from APICS and is in process of getting his CLTD certification.



Executive Vice President:  Alexander Moser

headshot Alexander MoserAlexander holds a Bachelor of Science in Supply Chain Management from the University of Maryland, College Park Robert H. Smith School of Business. He is currently employed as a Senior Specialist at Total Wine & More. He has previously served as Social Media Coordinator for APICS DC Metro. 

"I personally believe that I am committed and prepared to serve on the board of the APICS DC Metro Chapter because of my dedication, qualities, and knowledge. If elected, I will provide long-term value-add to the DC Chapter. Serving as the executive vice president will give me an extraordinary opportunity to become more knowledgeable about the APICS organization and its processes, as well as strengthen my professional experience. I am a team player that possesses fluent analytical and technical skills, leadership, and professionalism. I have been a student member of APICS, served as the social media coordinator for the APICS DC Chapter, and currently studying for the CPIM. I would like to thank all of those who nominated me for this position and look forward to the prosperity of the APICS DC Metro Chapter."



Secretary: Jamie Oberholzer

head shot of JamieJamie is a Change Coordinator at Volvo Construction Equipment in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain and Information Systems with a minor in Engineering Leadership Development from The Pennsylvania State University.  Her certifications through APICS are CSCP and CPIM. Her involvement in APICS began as a student member at The Pennsylvania State University. From there she continued as young professional member in the North Texas Chapter while working for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Fort Worth, Texas. Positions held during time involved with APICS include student Education VP, Secretary, Executive VP, and President.  She is currently the Chair of the Cumberland Valley Committee and the Secretary for the DC Metro Board of APICS.  Also she is strongly committed and serves as the fall fundraising chair for the JUNIOR LEAGUE OF HARRISBURG.  Jamie currently resides in Shippensburg, PA with her fiancé and two dogs.



Treasurer: Dave Flory, ACPF, CFPIM, CIRM, CSCP, PMP

Dave holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Delaware and an MBA from the University of Maryland.  He has 25 years of experience in the manufacturing sector, working in planning, procurement, operations, project & program management, product development, and Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP).  Much of Dave’s career has been with JLG Industries, a maker of construction equipment, where he currently serves with the team facilitating JLG’s global S&OP process.  Dave has been active with APICS throughout his career serving as an instructor, board member, and advisor.  He has presented various topics at local meetings as well as at conferences for APICS and IBF.  Dave lives in Greencastle with his wife, Jessica (who is an APICS instructor), and children, Ben and Kaia.








Sep 5, 2017

Plant Tour: Amazon’s Distribution Center (breakfast & lunch included)


Chester, VA

7:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Meet Executive Bus at Lord & Taylor’s parking lot in Tyson’s Corner Mall

Sep 6, 2017

Product Launch:Reconfigured CPIM Parts 1 & 2


On Demand

“Leaned Out” from 5 to only 2 modules/exams!

Sep 11, 2017

PDM: “Strengthening Relationships by Understanding Temperament”

John Allison Public House, Greencastle PA

5:30 – 8:00 PM

David G. Flory, JLG

Oct 19, 2017

PDM: “Cybersecurity Risks Within Today’s Supply Chains”

Catered 3-course dinner by Maggiano’s

Theater in Microsoft’s Tysons Corner Store

6:00 – 8:00 PM

Mark Lippman, Protivity

Nov 2017

UMD’s annual Student Case Competition

Van Munchen Hall in College Park, MD

Oral Presenta-tions 1:00 – 3:00 PM

10+ Teams competing to represent UMD at MAD District Competition in Feb 2018

Nov 2017

Pediatric Cancer Fundraiser: Redneck Outlaws

Hagerstown, MD

5:30 -8:00 PM

Mark Lowans, Director

Jan 2018

Plant Tour:

Cushwa Brewing Co. “Craftsmanship. Positive Impact. Respect.”

Williamsport, PA

5:30-7:00 PM

Tour Guides Marcus, Scott & Garrett

Feb 2018

Mid Atlantic District

Student Case Competition

Coraopolis (Pittsburgh), PA 

Saturday 1:00 – 3:00 PM 

5 Student Chapter District Semifinalists

May 2018

Student Chapter Graduation Ceremonies!

APUS, Howard U, UMD



May 2018

MD Member Appreciation & Happy Hour (CSCP/CPIM/CLTD pins)

La Tasca in Rockville, MD

6:00-8:00 PM

DC Metro BoD Hosts

June 2018

VA Member Appreciation & Happy Hour (CSCP/CPIM/CLTD pins)

Total Wine’s Training Room in McLean, VA

6:00 – 9:00 PM

Supply Chain Constraints in the Spirits Industry

Aug 22, 2018

Save the Date for our Golden Anniversary Celebration!





Please contact for registration links and further details.



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Student Chapter News

Students Receive APICS Orientation Sessions

UMD presentationAPICS DC Metro Board Members recently presented an introduction to APICS for students at American Public University Systems and the University of Maryland.  APICS DC Metro VP of University Relations Yu-Cheng Chien presented to students at APUS. VP of Education Joni Holeman presented for Supply Chain Management students at the University of Maryland. The sessions provided students with an overview of the certifications they could earn through APICS, as well as the benefits of joining APICS. APICS DC Metro supports chapters at the University of Maryland, APUS and Howard University.


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