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Apr 21, 2015
Big Data and the Future of Business Decision Making
University of Toledo Student Union

Join APICS Toledo on the evening of Tuesday April 21st at the University of Toledo for our joint Professional Development Meeting with the UT APICS Student Chapter.

Our speaker will be Dr. Robert Detwiler (Lourdes University) and his presentation will be “Big Data and the Future of Business Decision Making”.

The issue of “big data” is ever present in seminars, conferences, and articles on the future of management in the 21st century. Businesses are spending vast amounts of resources on data collection, mining, and software programs to make better decisions on issues related to customers, employees and the competition. This presentation will focus on the macro issues facing businesses with the “big data” issue, in addition to those issues now creating new pressures on managers and leaders to get results. In addition, we will discuss the need to not overlook human judgment and “gut instincts” in making decisions with an overwhelming amount of data and information.

$25 for APICS professional members, $30 for guests, $15 for students.

APICS is the leading professional association for supply chain and operations management.

May 16, 2016
Branding yourself in the social media era
Nagoya Japanese Steakhouse

APICS Toledo (operations management and supply chain management professional organization) presents guest speaker Brandon Nutting on “Branding yourself in the social media era: How to manage your online brand”.

Social media marketing has become a buzz phrase in every industry. Just about every business is expected to have an online presence. More jobs are posted for social media marketers every day.

Social media is important for business but it can also be a tool for yourself.

This presentation will provide an insight into how social media is shaping personal relationships. It will focus on how you can be a part of the social media conversation and how you can use tools to enhance your online reputation. The world is slowly leaving the traditional one-page resume behind. This presentation will help you understand how that landscape looks in order to produce an online presence that will truly showcase your skills and set you apart from others.

Brandon H. Nutting, Ph.D. is an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln specializing in social media marketing. He conceptualized and developed a social media marketing minor designed to keep students current on Internet marketing trends at the University of South Dakota before joining the faculty at UNL. He has developed and consulted on various Internetbased marketing projects and has presented at numerous technology and advertising conferences at both the local and national levels.

Jan 14, 2015
Common Sense is Not So Common
Mancy's Italian Restaurant

The APICS Toledo chapter presents its January Professional Development Meeting.

Stan Kirkwood and Walt Myers on “Common Sense is Not So Common”.

You are familiar with the saying “Common sense is not so common”. Walt Myers and Stan Kirkwood will show you how “Common understanding is not so common”. They will do it by sharing with you critical assumptions unknowingly being made on a daily basis. Come and find out some of the invalid assumptions being made by business leaders that can negatively impact your performance as well as the performance of your organization. After all IT IS ALL ABOUT PERFORMANCE!!

Dinner will be provided. $25 for APICS professional members, $30 for guests, $15 for students

Apr 10, 2014
How to Apply 5S (from Lean) to Any Workplace
University of Toledo Student Union

Everything our mom told us about cleaning our room, making our bed, and picking up after ourselves was true!!!!!

Remember growing up, mom told us we couldn’t go out to play with our friends until our bedrooms were clean? We griped because we didn’t realize that mom was laying the groundwork for successfully competing in today’s marketplace. It turns out the concepts of 5S (Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardize, and Sustain) are foundational activities necessary for us to have a chance at successful and sane work environments.

5S is one of the Lean philosophies and techniques necessary if we as employees want a more pleasant work environment, more satisfying jobs, processes that make the job easier and make sense. For employers, 5S means higher quality, lower costs, easier maintenance, greater customer satisfaction, and higher profitability. It is the foundation for continually improving ourselves.

This highly interactive presentation is perfect for any owner, manager, leader, or employee responsible for performing the tasks of an organization, and seeking to continuously improve. Participants will apply what they learned immediately with an exercise that includes a sweet surprise!

Maryanne Ross, CFPIM, CIRM, CSCP, CDDP, is an author, speaker, international trainer, and instructor specializing in Personal and Professional Development and Supply Chain Management.

Cost is $25 for APICS members, $30 for guests and $15 for students.

Mar 24, 2016
Ice Cream Sundae Production: From Job Shop to Lean Flow
University of Toledo Student Union

Join APICS Toledo and UT APICS Student Chapter for "Ice Cream Sundae Production: From Job Shop to Lean Flow".

This interactive workshop will compare a job shop layout to a lean flow line while participants assume the role of customer order entry professionals, production planners, workstation operators, inspectors or hungry customers placing orders.

The session involves two major exercises: first, a simulation of a traditional job shop layout; and then, creation of a flow line to demonstrate the improved lean environment.

Attendees will gain knowledge of the following concepts:

  • The advantages of empowerment and engagement
  • Lean improvements in productivity, space requirements, lead time and quality
  • Some secrets you never knew about Lean (which contradict the so-called “experts”)!

Facilitator: Sheryl Holbrook, CPIM, CSCP, APICS Certification Instructor, VP Education, APICS Toledo.

Cost: $25 for APICS Professional Members; $30 for Guests; $15 for Students.

Mar 15, 2012
Managing Supply Chain Risk
BGSU at Levis Commons

CAPS Sponsored Research Project - Risk Management. Joint meeting for APICS Toledo ( and NPAM Toledo (

Managing Supply Chain Risk: Sharing Best Practices

Dr Janet Hartley, Director Supply Chain Management Institute Bowling Green State University

Reservation Deadline is Monday, March 12, 12:00 Noon

Dr. Janet Hartley is currently a member of the CAPS Research team which is examining supply chain risk. Join us on March 15, when Dr. Hartley will be facilitating a discussion of the topic, "Managing Supply Chain Risk: Sharing Best Practices".

Dinner will be a Mediterranean Buffet.

Oct 15, 2013
MRP and Kanban; Together Again for the First Time
PizzaPapalis Toledo

The Toledo APICS Chapter's October PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT MEETING features Don Guild From Synchronous Management: MRP and Kanban; Together Again for the First Time

Most companies who attempt to implement pull/kanban struggle with three issues. First, how do we right-size and re-size our supermarkets to get the best possible flow? What are the effects of production capacity on supermarket sizes? Supermarkets may be too large, resulting in production of unneeded items, or too small, resulting in stockouts. Either way, resources are too often engaged in producing what we do not need, and not available to produce what we do need. The expediting and firefighting continue, and inventory levels remain high – even with kanban!

Second, what techniques are appropriate for signaling replenishment? Do we signal with empty containers, kanban cards, first-in-first-out lanes, min/max, or some other technique? Too often, cumbersome manual techniques are chosen, the pull system deteriorates for lack of maintenance, is limited in its scope to only a few products, or we spend much non-value adding time making – and remaking - kanban cards! Third, how do we resolve conflicts between our kanban system and our MRP system? What do we do when kanban tells us to do one thing and MRP says another? Don't we still need MRP, even with kanban? How to we make kanban and MRP work together?

This presentation focuses on answering all of these questions. You will learn what data to harvest in any automated MRP system to size and resize your supermarkets with ease. You will examine the effects of management policies on an effective pull/kanban system. You will explore the application of automated pull techniques that provide visual control without non-value-added manual effort - and how to link pull/kanban to your existing requirements planning system.

$25 for APICS professional members, $30 for guests, $15 for students

Apr 17, 2012
Multi-Echelon Inventory Optimization
University of Toledo

Joint PDM with U of T Student Chapter.

Chris Russell, Logility Supply Chain Solutions

Multi-Echelon Inventory Optimization

Nov 14, 2012
Process Improvements
Mancy's Italian Restaurant

Process charts have long been used in quality management for monitoring processes as part of quality management efforts. However, the power of the underlying principles and applications may not be fully tapped by organizations that already have expertise in using the tool.

Dr. William Sawaya will present some of his own research and discuss other research that makes use of process charts in managing some processes which are not typical settings for the use of such charts. Almost any process currently being managed can be better understood and better managed by applying the principles of process improvements, and using such tools as process charts.

$25 for APICS professional members and guests, $15 for students (Unemployed Toledo professional members attend for free.)

Reservation cut-off date is Tuesday, November 6, at 5:00 pm Send your reservation request to

Nov 13, 2013
Procurement at the Huntington Center
Huntington Center

Join the APICS Toledo chapter as we hear from the procurement staff of the Huntington Center as they explain the procurement and logistics processes they have put in place to support a variety of events such as hockey, concerts and the circus.

Find out about the challenges of inventory management for short duration events with high attendance levels and each with their own customer type where time pressures mean that the right type and quantity of inventory must be in the right place at the right time to avoid stock-outs, delays, dissatisfied and sometimes lost customers.

Check-in begins at 5:30pm. Meeting begins at 6:00PM Sharp.

As no dinner is planned there is no charge for the meeting, if anyone wishes dinner after the meeting there are several downtown restaurants.

Reservation cut-off date is Friday November 8th, at 5:00 pm.

Feb 21, 2012
Quality at First Solar
Mancy's Italian Restaurant

Join the Toledo section of the American Society for Quality (ASC) along with APICS Toledo (The Association for Operations Management) on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 for a joint professional development meeting. "Quality at First Solar" will be presented by Clarence Hertzfeld, Director of Global Quality at First Solar Inc.

See for dinner and registration information.

It is also “Bring-Your-Boss Night” for APICS members. Bring your boss, and your boss attends for free.

Feb 16, 2012
UTAPICS Student Chapter Meeting
University of Toledo

The next UTAPICS student chapter professional development meeting will feature Matt Mishler of Buckeye Telesystems.

UTAPICS is the University of Toledo student chapter of APICS, the Association for Operations Management. See

Sep 17, 2014
Walgreens Distribution Center Tour
Walgreens Distribution Center Perrysburg

Come along with the APICS Toledo Chapter as we get a guided tour of the Walgreens Perrysburg DC.

The 687,000 sq ft facility operates as a closed campus, protecting, tracking, and storing over $200 million in product inventory. The high-security facilities for the pharmaceutical handling systems were reinforced by an integrated architectural and site plan. The Perrysburg distribution center carries 24,000 typical products sold in Walgreens stores in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and parts of Illinois, Kentucky and Pennsylvania.

Free. Reservations must be received no later than 5:00PM on Friday September 12th.

Feb 3, 2014
Why your Continuous Improvement "Program" is not Working
Spagetti Warehouse

Join us on February 3, 2014 for the annual joint meeting of ASQ Toledo & APICS Toledo at the Spaghetti Warehouse.

John Veatch will be giving a presentation titled, "Why your Continuous Improvement "Program" is not Working...and What to do About It." Mr. Veatch will discuss common pitfalls of unsuccessful CI programs and remedies for those afflictions.

Cost: $25

Registration: 5:30 PM

Dinner & Presentation: 6:00 PM

Register By January 29, 2014 12:00 PM