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Supply Chain Collaboration – The Ultimate Value Chain Experience!

posted Mar 15, 2017, 8:24 AM by Jill Hays   [ updated Mar 24, 2017, 6:13 AM ]

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!