March 2019 Print

President's Report

 This year is the 30th anniversary of the First Arkansas Chapter!  We are excited about the continuing success of our chapter. 

October brought some changes to APICS and I want to take a few minutes to explain the information on these changes. First of all, your APICS First Arkansas Chapter is incorporated as a Not for Profit 501(3)(6) and is a separate entity from APICS Corporate Headquarters in Chicago. We have an arm’s length contractual relationship with APICS Corporate as a Channel Partner. Most Chapters in North America have this same type structure. APICS affiliates not in North America are mostly For Profit entities that partner with APICS.

APICS has announced it has formed ASCM, The Association for Supply Chain Management. This will be sort of like a parent organization to APICS, however APICS will be just one of many brands that are part of the ASCM portfolio. The following is what ASCM (APICS) Corporate has announced.

ASCM is needed because Supply Chain landscape is changing at a fast pace. ASCM has three pillars:

  • Learning and Development (APICS Brand)
    • Certification and courses will still be APICS brand certifications.
    • Principles course will be ASCM courses on line or chapter led classes. 
  • Corporate Transformation
    • Membership types and cost will remain the same but will be with ASCM. You should have received new membership cards in the past few weeks.
      • You will remain a member of the APICS First Arkansas chapter.
    • Making and Impact.
      • ASCM has relationships with a network of global alliances and partnerships like Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS), the Demand Driven Institute (DDI), PwC, Deloitte, Accenture, CFLP (Purchasing in China). ASCM will partner with these and other partners to add other “brands” to the ASCM portfolio.
      • ASCM stated that APICS has equity with individuals and ASCM will expand this equity with companies.

APICS Chapters will continue to be “APICS Chapters.”  The website has transitioned into The APICS First Arkansas Chapter’s website will continue to be

Thank you for being part of the APICS First Arkansas Chapter. Please let me know if you have questions or need something from the Chapter.

Sue German, CSCP, CLTD, CFPIM, CIRM, SPHR, C.P.M.  President, APICS First Arkansas Chapter



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Community Service

 Student scholarship opportunities. 

Chuck Nelson Scholarship -  Submissions due 4/12/19

ARK-LA-TEX Scholarship - Submissions due 5/17/19

Note:  An announcement with information has been sent to newsletter distribution.   If you need more information contact Sue German [email protected] 

Remember that we can post job listings for your company.   

To post a job listings on our website, select Job Listings, click on submit an ad.   This will allow you to add any additional information you wish to provide.   After completing the on-line submission, we will confirm the submission, publish on the website and forward to our membership. 

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Welcome New Members

Welcome to our newest members. A special welcome to the students at Southern Arkansas University (SAU) who have signed up as student members of our chapter.

Name Status
Mohamad Adra SAU Student Associate
Brian Brixey SAU Student Associate
Rickey Burnell SAU Student Associate
Tyler Burns Student Associate
Michae Carnell Professional Member
Jessica Fox Professional Member
Heather Gorman SAU Student Associate
Steven Gray SAU Student Associate
Haley Haltom SAU Student Associate
Thomas Logan SAU Student Associate
Michael McConaughey SAU Student Associate
Tatum Miller SAU Student Associate
Verl Mitchell SAU Student Associate
Jon Quillin SAU Student Associate
Trevor Rogers SAU Student Associate
Ryan Scheller SAU Student Associate
John Smith SAU Student Associate
Erika Stamper SAU Student Associate
William West SAU Student Associate
Marc Woerlein SAU Student Associate


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Professional Development Meetings

Rock Town Distillery Tour on Saturday  March 30, 2019 at 2:pm

Address:   1201 Main Street, Little Rock, AR 72202

Tours & Tastings:

Little Rock CVB Touring Rock Town Distillery with Phil Brandon


This is a public tour.  Please arrive a few minutes early as the tour will start promptly at 2:00.   During the guided tour we’ll take you through the whole process of making spirits… from grain to glass. From the grain that we get from Arkansas farmers to filling the bottles.

We’ll explain the origins of Bourbon, what makes Vodka – Vodka, and what is Gin anyway? These questions and many more are answered during the tour. The guided tour takes about 30 mins and at the end of the tour you’ll get to taste Rock Town’s award winning spirits.  Ask questions, learn about spirits and have fun while touring at Arkansas’ first legal distillery since prohibition.

Please pay Rock Town Distillery upon arriving for the tour.

Standard: $10 + tax – includes tasting of 10 items

Premium: $15 + tax  – includes standard tasting + 3 special items (single barrel whiskeys, anniversary whiskeys, etc.)

*Tour includes a tasting for those over 21 years of age. Kids are allowed on tours with their parents.  



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The following programs are available:

  • CPIM (Certified in Production and Inventory Management) Part 1 & Part 2
  • CSCP (Certified Supply Chain Professional)
  • CLTD (Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution)
  • Principles (can be modified to teach sections of each program)
    • Principles of Inventory Management
    • Principles of Manufacturing Management
    • Principles of Operations Planning
    • Principles of Managing Operations
    • Principles of Distribution and Logistics

Please contact Sue German via the website or [email protected]

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