DC METRO ASCM NEWS January 2021 Print

President's Report

Thanks for taking time to read the latest news from the DC Metro ASCM Chapter!


Welcome to another issue of the DC Metro ASCM Newsletter.  The aim of this publication is to keep you informed of current and recent events, educational information, and updates. 

The first update is to welcome our new members from the APICS Baltimore and Apple Valley Chapters.  As many of you probably already know APICS is transitioning / rebranding to the Association for Supply Chain Management (or ASCM).  ASCM is built on a foundation of APICS certification and training spanning 60 years.  ASCM is driving innovation in the industry with new products, services and partnerships that enable companies to further optimize their supply chains, secure their competitive advantage and positively impact their bottom lines.

Part of this transition involves the consolidation and closure of multiple Chapters as the remaining APICS Chapters become ASCM Chapters with new goals and operational targets.  Specifically, the APICS Baltimore and Apple Valley Chapters are being merged with the ASCM DC Metro Chapter.  While local, regional, and global based professional mentoring, benchmarking, and collaborative-based communities are still part of the ASCM structure.  There is also the recognition that professional skills development can also come from virtual on-demand digital training, common recognized proven methodologies and a deeper body of knowledge that spans multiple skill areas.

We would love to talk with any new (or existing) members interested in volunteering their valuable time to Chair Committees, serve on the Board, assist with PDM’s, Tours, or Training.  Having said this we are working on several interactive webinars that we hope to be announcing soon. One coming up quickly and is scheduled will be held Wednesday, January 13th deals with Lean Principles / Lean Strategy.  We also have a CSCP class starting in February, for those interested.

We look forward to interacting with you in the upcoming webinars and planned trainings and we encourage your participation.

Stay safe and all the best,

Greg, Jodi & Gerry




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Upcoming Courses and Events

When: Feb 8, 11, 18, 22, 25, March 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 25, 29, 2021 - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm EST

Scope:  From 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 world, the importance of buyer convenience, delivery speed and promise date reliability is increasing exponentially from a client's value perspective.  As a result, flawless deployment has become essential to competing successfully in a global marketplace.

CSCP takes a broad view of the SCM field, extending beyond internal operations to encompass all the links throughout a value network—from the supplier, through the company, to the end consumer—and how to effectively integrate, manage, and innovate these processes to optimize trading partner performance.  A full suite of Web tools with an online dictionary, e-flashcards, and pre- and post-tests are included with each Participant Learning System.

Who Should Attend?  Operations or IT specialists holding a bachelor's degree, an APICS or ISM certification, or three years of business experience qualify to sit for the CSCP certification Exam.  CSCP’s designation is ideal for ERP systems analysts, consultants engaged by DOD, large retailers, distributors, manufacturers, or those engaged in logistics, international trade or financing, ERP or BPR projects. Substantial reading assignments must be completed before every session, including the first.

Registration Fees: Existing APICS and ISM members receive deep discounts for materials, tuition and exam fees.  If this is the first time you've taken a training course from DC Metro, we are happy to "bundle" your first year of membership dues into your registration fee.  APICS has created several membership categories as listed below.

These rates are all-inclusive (materials, Web access, Exam fee, tuition). To register please click on the link below.  Registration closes January 22, 2021 in order to deliver materials one week before our opening session.  Materials consist of the following:

CSCP Participant Learning System (1200+ pages)
CSCP Slide Deck
CSCP Exam Credit (valid for 6 months)
Online access to Web study tools

Curriculum:  Classes are highly interactive with a rich variety of study tools, peer discussions, team exercises, video clips and case studies.  Over nine hours are devoted to each of the three modules within the CSCP program:

     1. Supply Chain Design 

     2. Supply Chain Planning & Execution 

     3. Supply Chain Improvement & Best Practices

CPIM or CLTD attendees completing this course are awarded 35 Certification Maintenance points.

Meet Your Instructor: Jessica Flory, MBA, CSCP-F, CPIM-F, CLTD                        

Jessica has worked in production control, demand planning and material planning in the heavy equipment manufacturing and automotive supply industries. She has provided workshops and consulting services to entrepreneurs and small business owners. Currently she delivers APICS CPIM, CSCP, CLTD and Principles training, enhancing the curriculum to provide hands-on and engaging experiences for all students.  She is the 2019 recipient of the Joni Holeman Distinguished Instructor Award.


$3,000.00 member rate

$3,220.00 Non-member bundled with one year membership

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Upcoming Programs

Looking for a virtual PDM?? We have just that! Check it out!


Dave Rizzardo - Speaks about Lean

January 13th 2021 from 6:00PM - 7:30PM

Speaker - Dave Rizzardo, MWCC Associate Director

Dave Rizzardo has been the Associate Director of MWCC since 2014. In 2012, he co-developed the Lean Peer Group service and has been facilitating multiple groups since that time. His Lean experience predates the time when Lean became synonymous with business excellence, and his recently published book is titled Lean - Let's Get It Right! How to Build a Culture of Continuous Improvement. Dave also works directly with organizations in helping them on their Lean journeys of excellence. 


Topic - The Lean Culture Foundation - The Lean Principles

Dave will present an overview of Lean principles which should be treated as the organization's Lean Constitution, the framework and foundation that your Lean strategy is built upon. Dave will also introduce the MWCC Lean Peer Group Program which, due to the current virtual format, is now open to companies regardless of location.

Please register below!


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2nd Place Winner - $50 VISA Gift Card

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Congratulations to the winners and thank you all for your participation.



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