Upcoming Meetings

Using Supply Chain Levers to Impact the Bottom Line

September 12, 2017
5:45 PM to 7:30 PM

Caesar's Table
125 N Market
Wichita, KS 67202

Sandra Jessop will give us a preview of her upcoming presentation at the APICS International Conference in October

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Charles Koch Arena - WSU Men's Basketball Operational Tour

October 10, 2017
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Charles Koch Arena
SE corner of 21st and Hillside
Wichita, KS 67260

Charles Koch Arena - WSU Men's Basketball Operational Tour

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Apics News

APICS and JD.com Expand Strategic Relationship
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2018 APICS Board of Directors Announcement
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APICS Announces Summer 2017 Promotions for Certification Program
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Welcome to the APICS Wichita Chapter!2016 C-BAR award

Are you interested in a volunteer opportunity with the Wichita Chapter?  We will be setting up a table at an upcoming Wichita Chamber event on Thursday, 9/28 between 10am and 4pm.  We need a couple more volunteers to help us with this booth (2 hour shifts).  For more information, contact Sandy Jessop at president@apics-wichita.com.


APICS Wichita President’s Message - August 2017

2016-2017 Operational Year In Review

June 30th signified the end of the APICS Financial and Strategic Planning Year for 2016-2017.

At the corporate level, APICS revenues were up 4% with a majority of the revenues coming from Educational materials, Certifications, and Membership fees. APICS launched the CLTD, Certification in Logistics, Transportation, and Distribution, in 2016 and has certified more than 670 people. APICS also announced the reconfiguration of the CPIM that takes it from 5 exams to 2 exams to be certified. The new CPIM was available for purchase starting June 1, 2017. APICS also launched APICS for Business and grew corporate managed accounts by 55%. They created the APICS Ambassador program matching seasoned affiliates with first year affiliates, implemented the SCOR Business Process Management Accelerator software, held the first APICS Supply Chain Council Executive Summit to discuss critical supply chain issues, and launched the new interactive and seamless website suitable for any device. On the website, APICS has also added Innovative Supply Chain Research with the industry-focused initiative “Supply Chain Management:  Beyond The Horizon,” which provides research and educational content conducted by Michigan State University. It has truly been a banner year.

At the local level, APICS-Wichita celebrated its 54th Anniversary and achieved its 25th Platinum Passport Award. We improved our financial position by winning large company training contracts, increasing the number of certification courses offered, and had very good attendance at the seminar in April.  

Membership declined as the Spirit Aerosystems Corporate Membership lapsed and many of the Viega employees transitioned to the Denver chapter. Spirit Aerosystems is a large employer in Wichita, KS and is a good partner with APICS-Wichita, offering many of our Supply Chain Courses and utilizing our trained professionals. With the loss of Viega and the renewal of the Spirit account, membership will be down 7% over 2015 levels. Throughout 2016-2017, we added 12 new Enterprise / Professional members from various companies in the Wichita area. We continue to have a strong WSU student chapter, adding 18 members in the past year.

You may have noticed increased volunteer opportunities as we highlighted many events on the website. This year, we joined the Wichita Chamber of Commerce, participated in the Commerce Expo event and Manufacturing Day Summit, as well as Judged the WSU Engineering Projects Open House, sponsored a student group for the district student competition, and sent a couple of board members to the national convention in Washington DC. Throughout the year, we brought in incredible experts in the fields of Transportation and Logistics, Import/Export, ThomasNet, Change Management, and Demand Driven MRP. The tours included Hatman Jack’s, Intrust Bank Arena, and Lawrence Dumont Stadium. We worked closely with other professional organizations (ISM, ASQ, and SHRM) to partner on event, as well.

Overall, the year was a success. Supply Chain Industry Initiatives and Training were up significantly, keeping our APICS-Wichita trainers busy throughout the year and our finances in a strong position. Membership was only slightly down over 2015, with a lot of interest in certifications. This is a strong indication of the health of our profession. When purchasing spend is 60% of the Cost of Sales, it is no wonder that the need for well informed, trained, and certified supply chain professionals is greater than ever.

Sandy Jessop