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APICS Portland Chapter - 2020 Winter Newsletter

Hello everyone,

I hope everyone has had a great holiday and have been keeping warm in these winter months! This is your Winter newsletter from your friendly APICS Portland Chapter President where I get to talk about what we have been up to so far!

We have had quite the start for this board year with experimenting with different types of events. We've started in September with a traditional PDM where we have invited Richard Brown, President of Boxmaker, to talk about packaging supply chains. We then followed up with an interactive "Supply Chain Horror Story" event in October to hear and learn from our membership and their scary stories. We even hosted a joint-meeting with PMI in November combining a panel interview and hosted a resume review segment. And lastly in December, we have conducted a "Beer Game" event with our membership learning all about the bullwhip effect and how it cascades in the overall supply chain. During the same time-frame, we have conducted the first of five of our Inventory Control Workshop series, 5 Plant Tours (Port of Vancouver, Oregon Food Bank, Danner, School House Electric, Fusion-EMS), and conducted CSCP and CPIM Part 1 prep courses!

But we're not done yet! For 2020, we're bringing in some engaging speakers that you wouldn't want to miss. For January we have John McPhee, Nike's premier Supply Chain education lead who will tell us all about what makes NIke's supply chain tick. We have also recently secured a speaker for our February PDM. Jennifer Williams will be speaking on blockchain at the University of Portland and how it has been implemented in the agricultural supply chain. We're also going to be continuing our Inventory Control Workshop series, hosting more Plant Tours, and conducting more certification prep courses. Keep an eye on our website so you won't miss anything!

And lastly, many have reached out to us concerning the implending snowstorm this week and how it will affect our event schedule. Please know that we are closely monitoring the weather and will communicate to you via email if or when plans change. For now, it looks like we're in the clear.

Thank you all for helping us finish the year off strong in 2019. We're always looking to improve and making sure that we are bringing value to your membership. If there is anything that we can do, do not hesitate to contact us. Here's to an amazing 2020!

Charlie Tang MBA
APICS - Portland Chapter
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