APICS Gold Award

The Mid-Hudson APICS, in support of the Tappan Zee Chapter of APICS, is informing you about this professional education event…

Inventory Management and Cycle Counting

AM Session: Smarter Inventory Management - How to Reduce Inventory & Improve Cash Flow Workshop

Today, companies are faced with increasingly complex and conflicting objectives as they strive to remain competitive in the global marketplace. Smarter inventory management is a critic al ingredient to help a company achieve its financial and operational objectives. Failure to properly monitor, plan and control inventory can place a company at a competitive

This workshop is designed to provide the attendee with the basic knowledge and tools to help assess if a company is properly managing its inventory and identify potential inventory reduction and cash flow improvement opportunities. Upon completion of this workshop the participant will be able to:

  • Understand the importance and financial impact of inventory
  • Become aware of the steps required to optimize inventory levels
  • Develop a plan to reduce inventory by 20 to 30% within 90 days
  • Assess if inventory levels meet corporate and customer objectives
  • Recognize appropriate inventory behavior and industry best practices

PM Session: Cycle Counting The Road to Enlightenment

In these competitive times, companies face many challenges as they attempt to improve productivity, eliminate non-value costs, and reduce inventory levels. The road to improvement is often a long, winding, and time -consuming journey. A wrong turn becomes an invitation to frustration, conflict, delay, and unanticipated expense. Poor inventory accuracy is a major impediment that hinder companies from achieving their business goals.

The road to enlightenment begins with the establishment of a cycle counting trip plan. The plan starts with the identification and examination of ten critical activities needed for this trip. The plan then illustrates how to avoid common obstacles and pitfalls that might detour the journey. The plan next explores the va rious costs of this journey. Finally, before the journey ends, we will explore the question , “Are We There Yet?”

Registration Fees

APICS Members (Must provide ID No.)

Non-APICS Members


Group Rate per Person *

AM or PM Session





Both Sessions





There is a $15 cancellation fee if cancelled after April 10. No refunds after April 20, 2017.

* To qualify for the Group Rate, four or more attendees must be processed in one payment transaction from the same company.

  1. AM Session: 8:00AM – 12:00PM - Includes a light breakfast and mid-morning break
  2. PM Session: 12:30PM – 4:30PM - includes an afternoon break
  3. Full day fee also includes lunch: 12:00PM – 12:30PM

The Mid-Hudson APICS, in support of the Greater North Jersey Chapter of APICS, is informing you about this training event …

Utilizing MRP in a Lean Environment: The Marriage of MRP and Lean

MRP is often referred to as “The Great Enabler” because it allows for large lot sizes, poor yields, and long lead times by planning for those allowances. While it is true that an MRP software system does not encourage LEAN concepts, the reality is that we can effectively implement LEAN initiatives in such a way as to create a successful marriage of the two techniques. In this fashion, MRP retains its role as a planning tool while LEAN provides for the execution on the shop floor.

 This highly interactive, one day workshop will engage participants in the following discussion:

  • Appropriate application of the lot sizing and yield calculations
  • Data validation for make and buy parts
  • Capacity considerations
  • Flattening Bills of Material
  • Repetitive Manufacturing
  • Backflushing
  • Engineering Change Orders
  • Master Scheduling interaction

This program is appropriate for environments using MRP systems and aspiring to implement LEAN initiatives. It is for system users, administrators and anyone who provides data input to the system OR uses the data output: planning, purchasing, stockroom, shipping/receiving, engineering, cost accounting, production, etc. This will be especially helpful to top management representatives who are responsible for project management, system implementation and training programs.

Learning Objectives

After completing this workshop, the participant will be able to:

  • Appropriately sequence the lot sizing and yield calculations for their environment
  • Apply a computer algorithm for optimization of lot sizing and yield calculations
  • Calculate lot size minimum, multiple and maximum for an MRP planned order
  • Calculate effective yield for a work order passing through multiple operations
  • Distinguish between scrap and shrinkage parameters
  • Validate MRP input data
  • Determine necessary inputs to sustain rate-based production
  • Understand MRP’s role as a simulation of the physical environment
  • Use MRP software as a planning tool to facilitate LEAN execution
  • Make strategic decisions that enable tactical efficiencies

The workshop will be held from 8:30 until 5:00 at Cucina Calandra's / Best Western Executive Inn, 216 Route 46 East, Fairfield, NJ 07004. Register by April 6 online at Registration is $399 for APICS members and $499 for non-members.

 Michael D. Ford, CFPIM, CSCP, CLTD, CQA, CRE, CQE, ACPF, CPSM, CSSGB is a Supply Chain Expert with TQM Works Consulting.  He provides innovative solutions, based on 30 years of experience in retail, distribution, manufacturing, and consulting.  His work history includes software implementation, business planning, inventory control, distribution planning, and corporate training.  This includes a broad range of experience from ETO (Engineer to Order) to MTS (Make to Stock), as well as non-profits, service, and Department of Defense.

He has presented at over 320 industry events throughout the U.S., Canada, Nigeria, S. Africa and Australia, and has provided over 5,000 hours of classroom training.

Ford is a 2016 graduate of Binghamton University, earning a M.S. in Industrial & Systems Engineering.  Ford combines his technical expertise with personal skills, to develop a unique “outside the box” approach to life’s challenges.  He is a charismatic speaker who specializes in delivering training that is “edu-taining.”


$399.00 Member of Greater North Jersey Chapter
$399.00 Member of another APICS Chapter
$499.00 Non-Member

The Mid-Hudson APICS, in support of the Piedmont Triad Chapter of APICS, is informing you about this training event …


High impact professionals like you are relied on every day to make the BIG changes, do the seemingly impossible, and keep everything under control.

But you know that too much change is coming too fast – and there’s no agreement on what should happen. You need to first know these 5 quick truths before you can get things under control:

  1. Most companies don’t really know what their customers want. They market as if they do. They sell as if they do. But in the operations and supply chain end, you constantly have to jump through hoops to make things work for a customer. And since every customer wants something different, you jump through more hoops. Either your customer requirements have been captured incorrectly or you are serving the wrong customer group in your business.
  2. Most customers can’t verbalize exactly what they want. They’ll tell you they want the sun, the moon, and the stars. And when you deliver them? They want something else. Your value add is to help them verbalize exactly and specifically what they really want. This will also solve problem number 1.
  3. Even when you know what the customer really wants, the rest of the company doesn’t listen. Each functional area is treating the customer differently. What you need is alignment to one set of performance criteria. Right now, you have as many criteria as there are functional areas.
  4. Even when there is consensus around what the customer really wants, everyone’s metrics are different. Traditionally, functional areas focused on their unique metric sets with the belief that if each functional area performed to their unique metrics, the company would profit. We know now that this is not true. Metrics throughout the entire company must support each other and aggregate together to provide real, profit producing performance.
  5. Solving these problems is both easier – and harder – than it looks. In each area of the company, you need to sit back and decide what the customer really wants, what we can really deliver, and who you really want to serve. If you want some fast track help in figuring out customer requirements and how to align your company to them, join our partner chapter for upcoming SCOR-P training April 19-21 at the Hampton Inn – Greensboro Airport.

SCOR Processes

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