Professional Development

note: past events from 2018-2019 are summarized below the next event
Tuesday March 9, 2019 

Supply Chain Management is on the way out!  The World needs Intelligent Product Flow Networks

By  Keith Launchbury, CFPIM, CIRM, CSCP, DDPP, CDDL

Businesses today face multiple challenges, the world has become more volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) all at the same time.  Despite enormous computing power at their fingertips, many companies are frustrated by the inability of their Enterprise Management and Supply Chain Management systems to provide real answers to the challenges that are faced every day. Supply Chain Management has simply not kept pace with the digital revolution. On June 15, 2018 the Harvard Business Review published an article entitled “The Death of Supply Chain Management” by Allan Lyall, Pierre Mercier and Stefan Gstettner and this is an extract:-

“The supply chain is the heart of a company’s operations. To make the best decisions, managers need access to real-time data about their supply chain, but the limitations of legacy technologies can thwart the goal of end-to-end transparency. However, those days may soon be behind us. New digital technologies that have the potential to take over supply chain management entirely are disrupting traditional ways of working. Within 5-10 years, the supply chain function may be obsolete, replaced by a smoothly running, self-regulating utility that optimally manages end-to-end work flows and requires very little human intervention.”

Companies like Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon are on the leading edge of revolutionary change that is disrupting the status quo of business as usual, and putting less agile competitors out of business.

The challenge is how to enable products to flow seamlessly across borders and trading zones, with the same ease as they can be transferred between departments in the same building. Many supply chains are simply too wasteful in terms of inventory and also too rigid in terms of time and cost.

In this vastly different business environment it will truly be a question of the survival of the fittest, and there will be no time to waste in making sure that the entire supply chain is governed by fast, flexible product flow. Many companies will simply cease to exist if they do not adapt to the latest thinking about intelligent Product Flow Networks driven by actual customer demand. The future belongs to those companies with integrated and flexible supplier networks that are empowered by information and are capable of responding rapidly to any change in market or delivery conditions.   

During this presentation, Keith will explain how companies must adapt in order to remain viable in this new VUCA world.




Past Events 2018-2019 Chapter year

August, 2018 Co-presenters Matt Flowers (Deere-Hitachi) and Erin Welken (John Deere) discussed "SUPPLIER DEVELOPMENT AT DEERE-HITACHI AND  JOHN DEERE”.  Topics discussed:  Monitoring industry metrics to identify trends and cyclical changes, Identifying and managing supplier constraints, Keeping tabs on supplier health, Logistics management, Measuring supplier performance, Effective quality management, and Evaluating replenishment strategies.  Part one of 2 part series with ISM-CV (Piedmont chapter)

Sept 11, 2018 "DEERE-HITACHI PLANT TOUR”   Part Two of Two Part series, this is a joint series with ISM-CV (Piedmont Chapter)

Tuesday, October 9, 2018,  MEMBERSHIP NIGHT, Meeting Today’s Supply Chain & Manufacturing Challenges- Choosing the Right Scheduling Approach for Your Operations,  presented by Harold Cavallaro

Tuesday, November 13, 2018, Jamie Flinchbaugh, Author of “THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO LEAN”, discussed aspects of the Lean journey for organizations and individual contributors

No meeting scheduled for Dec 2018,  January 8,2019 event was cancelled due to venue unavailable.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019,  Student Appreciation NIght at NC A&T new Student Center.   Short presentations by NC A&T's  David Moody (Title of Paper:  Economic Impacts of CSA 2010 for Publicly Traded Motor Carriersand) and UNCG's Billy I Dillon III  (Title of Paper: Cloud Computing Effects on Supply Chain Management).  NC A&T (Joseph Huscroft)  and UNCG (Larry Taube) provided summaries of their complementary Supply Chain and Operations Mgt. programs.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019,  Joint Session of local chapters of ASQ, PMI, ISM, and our own PTC of APICS Panel Discussion on THE "CONVERGENCE OF LEAN" AT Wake Forest University’s  School  of  Business,  very well received session with ~150 registrants overall.  Expert Panelists included, David Clark (CPIM-F, CSCP-F), PMI (PMP), and ASQ (CSQE, CSSBB, CQE, CMQ/OE, CQA), Ken Waldron (Lean Six Sigma Black Belt), Deon Leou (Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Scrum Product Owner, Scrum Master and Agile Coach), and Gene Smith (Master Black Belt).