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  • APICS Greater Detroit Presents: The Autonomous Vehicle - Ground-Shaking Supply Chain Impact Considerations... Wednesday, May 17, 2017

    There’s a lot of news circulating about autonomous vehicles.  This disruptive technology will require a paradigm shift as the world moves toward contemporary ride sharing scenarios and the introduction of autonomous vehicle technology—the 24/7-vehicle usage profile. 

    Come join us as we learn about the supply chain impact and considerations for this paradigm shift associated with autonomous vehicles (i.e. self driving vehicles)! 

    Current vehicle usage cycles are very low, 5% or less. However, within the context of a fully mature autonomous vehicle environment involving structured car sharing, the daily usage rate could grow to 95% or more. Such a dramatic increase in utilization will have an impact on the vehicle system life, the supply chain to support it, and is assumed will have a significant degradation effect. This presentation will explore this hypothesis.

    While full adoption may take decades, driverless cars are inevitable. Companies that look far ahead, plan and execute the fastest will survive. Those companies sticking to tradition risk stalling, or disappearing altogether.

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    Event Timing


    Registration and Networking:                                                   5:30 pm

    Dinner and Certification Awards:                                              6:00 pm

    Presentation:                                                                           7:00 pm



    Speaker Bio


    James (Jim) Wasiloff is the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle Reliability Leader at BAE Systems. In this role, he leads the AMPV Reliability Engineering program effort and serves as a BAE Systems consultant on Lean Six Sigma, Design for Six Sigma, and Autonomous Vehicle Technology. 

    Jim has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Oakland University, a Master of Science degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from The University of Michigan, and is currently enrolled in a Doctorate in Engineering program in Manufacturing (Reliability and Robust Engineering) at The University of Michigan. He has studied Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Vehicles at Stanford University under Sebastian Thrun. A certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Jim has specialized in the implementation of Design for Six Sigma and related preemptive problem avoidance methodologies.

    Jim is the founder of the global Autonomous Vehicle Community of Practice group on LinkedIn (



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    Posted May 8, 2017, 6:50 AM by Jill Hays
  • Supply Chain Collaboration – The Ultimate Value Chain Experience!

    APICS Greater Detroit Presents:  Supply Chain Collaboration – The Ultimate Value Chain Experience!

    Get ready for action!  WARNING…. This evening is NOT a “relax at dinner and listen to a lecture” type of evening!  But don’t worry, you will be fed… both your mind and your body!

    Join us for a hands-on Supply Chain event – a fun, high energy evening learning to bridge theory and practice!

    APICS Greater Detroit is pleased to announce a supply chain learning experience that integrates theory in a practical way. This cross-functional business simulation workshop is a hands-on opportunity.  Participants will be part of a simulated management team in one of the four following roles:

    • VP Purchasing: Responsible for selecting the right suppliers and agreeing SLAs with suppliers, including possible collaboration options.
    • VP Operations: Must decide on capacity in warehouses and production areas and approve investment in bottling lines and mixers. Can introduce various improvement projects. Has the ability to outsource outbound warehousing.
    • VP Supply Chain: Manages inventories (safety stock and lot size settings), production intervals, and the frozen period of production.
    • VP Sales: Agrees SLAs with customers, manages the product and customer portfolio, forecasts demand and can introduce collaboration concepts.

    The Goal: deliver optimal performance using supply chain best practices from theory and real life.  Or, in other words, win prizes through creating the best-simulated supply chain!  (And YES, there will be metrics!!!)

    Just like real world, every decision a participant makes has trade-offs, both within and across roles, so participants will only succeed if they align all the disciplines. As the simulation evolves it becomes clear that a supply chain strategy is essential for success – and that the strategy must be implemented and deployed to functional levels and below to be effective. Winning is about generating the best ROI for the business while still managing your own team’s Key Performance Indicators and targets.

    Only 24 VP spots are available so register today!

    Hands-on Participants:    (Please note that participants will need to bring WIFI enabled laptops)

    $25 APICS Member                $35 Non Member

     Enjoy a meal and watch the proceedings!

    $15 APICS Member                $20 Non Member

    This event is designed for any professional who works as part of cross-functional teams along the value chain. This can include:

    • General managers
    • Operations managers
    • Production managers
    • Supply chain managers
    • Logistics managers
    • Warehouse managers
    • Sales / Marketing managers
    • Financial managers
    • Procurement managers / buyers
    • Planners / forecasters


    April 26, 2017

    5:30-6:00 - Registration and light dinner 

    6:00 - 8:30 - Hands on workshop!

    Schoolcraft College - VisTaTech Center

    18600 Haggerty Road

    Livonia, MI

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    About our Presenter: James C. Williams

    James is an exceptional Leader and understands what it takes to drive value within the Global Supply Chain. 

    Vice President Client Solutions for DSV, with responsibilities consisting of designing and implementing global Supply Chain Management solution for strategic clients within the Automotive Vertical. 


    Prior to joining DSV James served as the Vice President of Supply Chain Solutions for Walker Logistics where he transformed a small minority Logistics company into a mid-tier supply chain solutions provider.


    James earned a Master of Science in International Logistics at The Georgia Institute of Technology, a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix in 2001, and a Bachelor of Business Administration and Logistics from Central Michigan University in 1991.


     So, if you’re up for the challenge, come join us!

    Register Here!


    Posted Mar 24, 2017, 6:13 AM by Jill Hays
  • February 28th Networking Event

    Join us February 28, 2017 for an APICS Greater Detroit Networking Event!


    Take Break from the complicated, behind-the-scenes work of getting goods from one place to another, on time and on budget and join the APICS Detroit Chapter for an opportunity to socialize and connect with professionals within all areas of Supply Chain. Meet APICS Board Members, expand your network, hear about upcoming events, and learn how you can get involved as a volunteer or member. 

    Stop by after work and feel free to bring a colleague! Enjoy light appetizers and a raffle giveaway. Cash bar will be available.


    Time:  6pm to 8pm

    Location:  Black Finn Ameripub, Royal Oak

    530 South Main Street Royal Oak, MI 4806



     What are my parking options for getting to and from the event?
    Metered parking lot available near the railroad tracks as well as parking structures 

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    Posted Feb 22, 2017, 5:55 AM by Jill Hays
  • Rock and Ride - Janaury 19th!

    CSCMP - Eastern Michigan Roundtable and APICS Presents 

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    Lunch, cars and great presentations 

    Join us at the Hard Rock of Detroit on Thursday January 19th at 11:00am for networking,  presentations, lunch and a ticket to the North American International Auto Show with People Mover tokens to get there and back.    

    Why come?: 

    1) Hard Rock- Detroit has memorabilia !  
    2) The North American Auto Show is something you NEED to see.
    3) Presentations - Port issues?  Auto productivity issues?  Transportation Savings?  

    Need more - call me - Kerry Zielinski @ (248) 789-9650  or email  Subject:  CSCMP/ APICS Meeting  to  


    Hard Rock Detroit 
    45 Monroe St
    Detroit, Michigan 48226




    January 19

    11:00am check in

    12 -  Lunch

    12:30pm Presentations

    1:45pm - to COBO for Auto Show 

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    or  -  call me and we will save a place for you.

    CSCMP / APICS Members - $41.00   Non-Members - $55.00  /  Students - call me to reserve   ( Sign up via e-mail or call) 

    APICS members will need to send Kerry Zielinski a note instead of registering on-line otherwise the CSCMP registration will charge you NON-CSCMP member pricing.  

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    Posted Jan 5, 2017, 8:22 AM by Jill Hays
  • November 15th - Using Modeling Technology to Mitigate Supply Chain Risk

    Using Modeling Technology to Mitigate Supply Chain Risk


    Given the new global reality of sustained volatility, complexity and rapid change, supply chain design has become a critical business function. Forward-thinking businesses are continuously redesigning and improving their supply chains. They are using modeling

    technology to examine how their supply chain will perform under a wide range of market conditions and assumptions, and analyzing the trade-offs between cost, service and risk. They are able to mitigate business risk through the engineering of their supply chain operations, therefore enabling significant and sustained advantage over competitors. Attendees will learn how creating living models of the supply chain, enables three key elements of supply chain risk mitigation:

    •             Visibility: What is the current structure and flow of goods through my supply chain?

    •             Scenario analysis: What if we try this? How would my costs or service be affected by this?

    •             Rapid response: How should I react to an unplanned event?

    Event Timing 

    Registration and Networking:                                5:30 pm

    Dinner and Certification Spotlight:                         6:00 pm

    Presentation:                                                      7:00 pm

    About the Speaker

    Bill is a Senior Director Customer Strategy with LLamasoft in Ann Arbor, MI. Since joining LLamasoft in June, 2012, Bill has worked on numerous commercial network optimization, Inventory planning and transportation optimization projects in almost all global industries. He has also been the lead business leader and mastermind in supporting large client integrations and conversions from legacy supply chain design optimization tools to the Supply Chain Guru platform and acting as a change agent and client.


    Tue, November 15, 2016

    5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

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    Schoolcraft College - VisTaTech Center

    18600 Haggerty Road

    Livonia, MI

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    Posted Sep 21, 2016, 1:15 PM by Jill Hays
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