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Networking Event

Please join us at the at Twisted Spur  on December 10th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm for networking PDM meeting.  This is an opportunity to meet other MidCarolina APICS members and learn about activities and tours that we are planning for the spring.

Twisted Spur Brewery

705 Gervais St, A, Columbia, SC 29201


Register here: Columbia Canal Water Treatment Facility Tour

Come see a flow process that we rely on everyday, fresh water!

We will be touring the Columbia Canal Water Treatment facility, seeing the process, and discussing the following topics:

 1)      How do you forecast demand of water and monitor that demand?

2)      How do you monitor inventory of freshwater in the system?

3)      What is the process for creating freshwater?

4)      What would be the throughput time from intake to distribution pipe to the city?

5)      How do you forecast long range capital investments?

If you go to our website (www.midcarolina-apics.org) you can hear a short podcast of the Chicago Water Treatment facility, toured during the APICS International Conference.  

Come join us!

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:
Friday, March 1, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM (EST)
Columbia Water Treatment Plant
300 Laurel Street
Columbia, SC 29201


2019 PDM APICS Tour of BOMAG America

BOMAG Americas makes road pavers and soil compactors right in Ridgeway, SC. This equipment ranges from personal to road sized. Come and visit on the APICS Tour.

  1. Intro to Bomag and how we got where we are today
  2. Brief review of Service and Production Parts planning process
  3. Warehouse processes
  4. Review of Production Planning
  5. Plant Tour
  6. Q&A

Register Here

Date And Time
Fri, February 1, 2019
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM EST

BOMAG America
125 Blue Granite Parkway
Ridgeway, SC 29130


A world leader in recycling, Sonoco Recycling collects more than 3 million tons of paper, plastic, metal and other materials in more than 100 cities and towns across the U.S. each year. A unit of Sonoco, a multi-billion dollar global provider of consumer packaging, industrial products, and supply chain services, our recycling roots date back to the 1920s. Sonoco operates 40 recycling facilities globally and help more than 15,000 retailers, manufacturers and communities save money, save resources and create clean, renewable energy.
Join us on November 8 for a tour of Sonoco Recycling.

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:
Thursday, November 8, 2018 from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM (EST)
Sonoco Recycling
1132 Idlewilde Boulevard
Columbia, SC 29201
Register Here

August 2018 Webinar

“Creating a Culture That Attracts Top Supply Chain Talent”
Tuesday August 21, 2018 12 noon to 1 pm EDT

FREE to register: click here

OR for automatic registration, send email with contact info to: info@apicsatlanta.org
Hosted by Scott W. Luton, CSCP, LSSGB Managing Partner, TalentStream EVP, APICS Atlanta
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Corporate culture refers to the shared values, attitudes, standards, and beliefs that characterize members of an organization and define its nature. The path to creating a culture of engagement is as hard to define as culture itself, and it is a path that has no end. When Tosca began operations in 1958, it was a much smaller company with 1 location and a handful of employees servicing 1 supply chain. Back then the concept of culture was much simpler to define and describe. Today, the thriving Tosca organization has grown to over 600 team members spread across 16 different locations, servicing 4 very different supply chains, with year over year double digit growth, and the complexities of creating company culture has grown with it. Join us for this webinar, in which Mike Wasson with Tosca will share some of their lessons and best practices learned from this journey, which are applicable no matter the size or complexity of your company, or of the role you play in your organization. In fact, Tosca’s success in sharing and living company values was recently recognized by the Atlanta Journal Constitution as one of the 2018 Top Workplaces in Atlanta. Join our webinar to learn more about what makes Tosca a special place to work.
Featured Speaker
Mike Wasson Vice President Supply Chain & Operations Tosca

March 2018 Webinar

Lead the People & Manage the Process

Friday March 30th, 2018 12 noon to 1 pm EST FREE

to register: www.apicssoutheast.org OR direct registration at: click here

Ever heard the phrase “lead the people & manage the process”? Ever wonder exactly what that means? Join us on March 30th as Beau Groover walks through this principle and shares best practices for effectively applying it to your business. He’ll also cover:
• Leadership versus Management
• How to best evaluate your processes
• How to lead in a process-centered operation
• Live Q&A: tap into Beau’s 20+ years of hands-on leadership experience


Beau Groover has been working with manufacturing and operations-focused organizations for over 20 years, primarily focused on developing bullet-proof processes and teams that are built to win. Beau has helped organizations save millions of dollars while also improv-ing those companies’ customer experiences and building high-performing teams that con-tinue to drive the business forward. He has developed his approach and strategy over years of working with some of the biggest companies in multiple levels within the organiza-tions, including The Coca-Cola Company, Nordson Corporation, and Westrock (formerly RockTenn). Just prior to launching The Effective Syndicate in 2015, Beau served as the Director of Lean Sup-ply Chain at Serta Simmons Bedding, LLC. Beau also currently serves as an Advisory Board Member with Tal-entStream. Learn more about The Effective Syndicate at: www.theeffectivesyndicate.com.

November Webinar

Mastering DIRECT Project Leadership for Supply Chain Professionals

Wed, Nov 29, 2017 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

FREE to register

Featuring Daniel Stanton President & Co-Founder, SecureMarking Author, Supply Chain Management for Dummies Moderated by Scott W. Luton, CSCP, LSSGB Staff Member, APICS Southeast District Inarguably, supply chains need to constantly adapt. One way we manage these changes is with projects. That means supply chain managers need to become experts at leading projects. The DIRECT approach is a simple but comprehensive system for managing the issues that leaders need to address in order to ensure their cross-functional projects are successful. In this live podcast, we’ll dig deeper into how to use the DIRECT approach, building on an article from the July / August issue of APICS Magazine. We’ll also dig into current hot topics in supply chain: counterfeiting, the supply chain workforce crisis, disruptive innovation, and the role of supply chains in supporting response and recovery from hurricanes and other disasters. About the presenter: Daniel Stanton is an executive, educator, and entrepreneur with a passion for supply chains and project management. His new book, Supply Chain Management for Dummies goes on sale November 13. Stanton is president and co-founder of SecureMarking, a new startup company that leverages nanotechnology, IoT, and blockchains to address the urgent challenge of supply chain security. In the past year he has also launched two courses for LinkedIn Learning that have been viewed over 300,000 times, and has had articles published in APICS Magazine and Supply Chain Management Review. Daniel earned a master of engineering degree in logistics from MIT, is a doctoral researcher at Cranfield University, and holds several industry certifications including Six Sigma Black Belt, Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), and SCPro.

Hurricane Irma

As we witness the ongoing effects of Hurricane Irma, we’re concerned about our APICS members and customers in Florida, the southeast United States and the Caribbean. We hope you and your communities are safe and secure.

APICS is working with the American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) to participate in hurricane relief efforts.  ‘The American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) supports disaster recovery by engaging industry to address the unmet needs of relief organizations, communities, and people.’  Please see their logistics map  to see current needs.  The page also includes a form where individuals can request assistance with supply chain related issues.  They also have a Facebook page which can be found here:  https://www.facebook.com/ALANaid

APICS Southeast Webinar Series September


“Four Demand Planning Resolutions for 2017”

Featuring Jaime Reints Director, Demand Planning Intelligence Consortium, Chainalytics

September 13, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

FREE to register

OR direct registration at http://ow.ly/mB6F30dPLKw

Moderated by Scott W. Luton, CSCP, LSSGB Staff Member, APICS Southeast District

In the current environment of proliferating product portfolios and increasing demand volatility, there is a great deal riding on getting the forecast right. Listen in as Jaime Reints, Director of Demand Planning Intelligence Consortium at Chainalytics, discusses four simple resolutions for supply chain leaders that will enable a more effective approach to achieving improved forecast accuracy and demand planning performance this year.

About the presenter: As the director of Chainalytics’ Demand Planning Intelligence Consortium (DPIC), Jaime Reints oversees membership development product innovation, and delivery of the DPIC market intelligence solution for some of the largest CPG supply chains around the world.
Chainalytics is a recognized global leader in supply chain consulting, analytics and supply chain intelligence.


APICS Webinar Series – August Webinar

“Tactical Material Flow Management”

featuring Brad Bossence Vice President of Consulting & Education LeanCor Supply Chain Group moderated by Scott W. Luton, CSCP, LSSGB APICS Southeast District Staff

Thu, Aug 10, 2017 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT


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. Topics that will be covered:
• Sales & Operations Planning
• Plan for Every Part (PFEP)
• ABC SKU Classification


About the presenter: Brad Bossence is Vice President, Customer Solutions for LeanCor Supply Chain Group. Brad leads extensive supply chain improvement and operational excellence deployments for clients across multiple industries. Brad’s experience includes 20 years working in supply chain, including 7 years in supply chain consulting. Brad has extensive project experience in Supply Chain Management, Supply Chain Optimization, Distribution & Fulfillment Center Design, Inbound Logistics, Inventory Right-Sizing, Plan for Every Part, Distribution Network Design, Transportation, Industrial Engineering, Material Planning, and Operational Excellence Deployment. Brad is a lead instructor at Georgia-Tech’s Supply Chain and Logistics institute and a frequent industry speaker on topics including: Building a Lean Fulfilment Stream, Lean Warehousing, Inbound Logistics, Associate Engagement, Lean Leadership, and Lean Management Systems. Prior to joining LeanCor in 2010, Brad served 12 years in the automotive industry with Mitsui, leading logistics operations for Yamaha, Suzuki, Subaru, and Kubota. During this time, Brad served 8 years in various operational leadership and start-up roles for Toyota Canada, Toyota USA, and Toyota Europe. Brad has an MBA from the University of Windsor, a Professional in Human Resources designation and various operational excellence accreditations.