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Food Service Industry Collaboration Will Drive Supply Chain Transformation

Restaurant industry sales in the United States are expected to reach $799 billion in 2017. That’s a lot of burgers, chicken, fries, salads, burritos and milkshakes!

While top line revenue growth is moderate, the market research company NPD Group reports that U.S. foodservice traffic actually declined in 2016. One of the key factors is changing consumer tastes. Market research company Datassential found that America’s top 300 chain restaurants and convenience stores introduced a staggering 5,113 new menu items over the past 12 months in the effort to appeal to changing consumer tastes.  “What is interesting is not the types of items that are new, what’s in them,” said Jack Li, who is a member of the Datassential research team.  According to Datassential, chain restaurants have been betting on trendy ingredients including kale and quinoa, items you never would have found on a chain restaurant menu just a few years ago.

Larry Oberkfell, President and CEO of the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) sees this as a wake-up call for the industry.  “The consumer votes with their feet and if we are to win their dollar then all players in the supply chain must work together to give them what they want. And there is a lot at stake to do so.  The food service industry is the second largest private employer in the United States and counts nearly 15 million among its workforce (10% of the overall U.S. workforce).”

IFMA, together with HAVI, a supply chain management firm with deep expertise in food service, and Kinetic12, a food industry management consulting firm, are orchestrating a Supply Chain Optimization initiative. The initiative is the first of its kind in the foodservice industry and is bringing together the biggest brands and suppliers as part of the initiative.  Their collective objective is to evaluate how to optimize supply chain practices across all of the key stakeholders and to address how the movement of foods from farm to fork can bring new offerings to meet changing consumer tastes.

Read the article here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/katevitasek/2017/06/05/food-service-industry-collaboration-will-drive-supply-chain-transformation/#2153b45b5f70

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Upcoming Events

Statistical Alignment of Master Data – Vol. 2: Bigger Data

About the Speaker:

Rohit Parangath CPIM, CSCP, CLTD is the Head of ERP Processes at MilliporeSigma (Merck KGaA, Germany). He joined the company in 2007 and has held various positions in Production Planning, Sales & Operations Planning and Supply Chain Strategy.

Rohit has been involved in several mergers and acquisitions during his employ with MilliporeSigma. Other than his regular duties he also holds SAP Key User responsibilities for Production Planning, Business Warehouse, APO Supply Network Planning, APO Demand Planning and SAP Information Steward.

He grew up in Bangalore, a metropolitan city in southern India and received his Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rashtreeya Vidyalaya College of Engineering (RVCE), Bangalore in 2003. He completed his Master of Science degree in Manufacturing Engineering, focusing in Supply Chain Management, from Syracuse University, New York in 2006. Rohit received his CPIM certification in 2011, CSCP in 2012 and CLTD in 2016.

Rohit has been an APICS member since 2005 and a board member of the APICS San Diego Chapter since 2012.

What you will learn:

While Vol. 1 of this PDM series covered Safety Stocks, this episode delves into lot sizing, forecast strategy and inventory control policies.

  • Inter-dependencies between supply chain master data elements
  • Mass calculation of Supply Chain parameters
  • Using an advanced model of the ABC-XYZ analysis matrix.
  • Statistically managing outliers in your demand data.
  • Effectively analyzing lot sizing policies.
  • Alternatives to the Economic Production Quantity (EPQ).
  • Power of 2 production lot sizing policy
  • Segmental analysis of Supply Chain KPIs.



$38.00 [Non-Member]
$40.00 after 05:30 pm June 12

$28.00 [APICS Member]
$30.00 after 05:30 pm June 12

Space is limited, register today at: http://apics-sd.org/meetinginfo.php?id=109

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Education Spotlight

CLTD – Summer Wednesdays [ Carlsbad]

The APICS Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD) designation assess individuals based on a comprehensive body of knowledge, best practices and standards for those in the logistics, transportation and distribution industries.

Earning the CLTD credential makes you a recognized expert in the logistics, transportation and distribution fields. Certification demonstrates in-depth knowledge of a broad range of topics to set you apart from your colleagues — proving your high level of knowledge and skills. The CLTD will make you a more valuable asset to your organization, keeping you and your organization more competitive in today’s global economy.

This 10-week (4 hours per week) course will guide students through the APICS CLTD Learning System.

The new APICS CLTD exam consists of eight content areas. To earn the CLTD certification, you must master each of the following:

Module 1: Logistics and Supply Chain Overview

  •         Logistics Fundamentals
  •         Logistics Strategy within the Supply Chain
  •         Lean Logistics


Module 2: Capacity Planning and Demand Management

  •         Aligning Supply and Demand
  •         Translating Demand into Capacity Planning
  •         Demand Management
  •         Sourcing and Procurement of Inventory


Module 3: Supply Chain Improvements and Best Practices

  •         Customer Relationship Management
  •         Order Management
  •         Customer Service Management


Module 4: Inventory and Warehouse Management

  •         Inventory Management in Logistics
  •         Inventory Management Methods
  •         Inventory Control
  •         Warehousing Strategy and Management
  •         Packaging and Materials Handling


Module 5: Transportation

  •         Transportation Fundamentals
  •         Modes of Transportation
  •         Transportation Management


Module 6: Global Logistics Considerations

  •         Infrastructure and System
  •         Regulations
  •         Customs Clearing and Documentation
  •         Finance and Payment Options
  •         Currency and Tax Considerations


Module 7: Logistics Network Design

  •         Facilities Planning
  •         Distribution Network Design
  •         Risk Management


Module 8: Reverse Logistics and Sustainability

  •         Reverse Logistics
  •         Sustainability


The registration fee for this course includes the APICS CLTD Learning System materials and on-line tools.

Please note that fees for taking the CLTD exam is separate and has to be booked via Pearson Vue.


$1,700.00 [APICS Member]
$1,750.00 after 12:00 am June 14

$1,900.00 [Non-Member]
$1,950.00 after 12:00 am June 14

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Classified Ads


SupplyPro is a privately held, global, high-growth technology company producing inventory management solutions. The company is strategically positioned to improve productivity, increase efficiency and reduce inventory costs to its customers, through industry-leading intelligence software and flexible and customizable inventory management systems. 

We are looking for a Buyer III who will under limited supervision, procures raw materials and outside supplier services at the lowest possible cost consistent with accepted standards of quality and service to meet company cost and schedule targets. This position analyzes quotes for goods and services and evaluates against cost targets to ensure that the required service levels are met at the lowest total cost of ownership.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

  • Uses data on supplier reliability, response time and total cost of ownership to evaluate vendor choices.
  • Selects or recommends suppliers, solicits bids, negotiates prices and purchasing terms, analyzes and evaluates responses, presents proposals for management approval.
  • Responsible for continuously improving the total cost of ownership for the company inventory.
  • Experience with procurement legal and contractual implications, for domestic and global procurement.
  • Evaluation, negotiation and coordination with carriers, brokers, duty, customs and different modes of transportation for materials procured overseas. Experience with global logistics and familiar with use of incoterms, shipping documents, and carrier selection.
  • Works with suppliers to review and improve their costs, quality, reliability, and ability to meet schedule and budgetary requirements.
  • Manage supplier relationships to support effective coordination and forecast information.
  • Act as a liaison for early supplier involvement in new product design.
  • Validate purchase action messages, place purchase orders, and purchase order releases as defined by purchasing strategies and approval guidelines.
  • Monitor and verify supplier delivery, approve payment, and maintain related records.
  • Support the resolution of non-conforming material discrepancies with suppliers.
  • Support consistent implementation of best practice supply chain solutions to enable low cost, reliable on time delivery of material.
  • Experience with procurement of multiple commodities including tools, sheet metal, contract manufactured assemblies, electronic components, software, packaging materials, and business services.
  • Analyze customer orders and ensure material availability, anticipate supplier delivery issues and proactively pursue resolution before impact to delivery schedules.



  • Excellent negotiation skills
  • Demonstrate outstanding communication and customer service interpersonal skills.
  • Experience with electronic components, and sheet metal procurement.
  • Experience with procurement in a make to order environment highly desirable.
  • Experience with domestic suppliers as well as global suppliers in China and Mexico.
  • Domestic & International logistics experience.
  • Experience with 3PL warehousing and transportation services.
  • Strong computer skills and proficient with various software applications (MS Office).
  • Strong experience with ERP systems.
  • Able to read and understand bills of materials and engineering drawings.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience implementing and executing material replenishment using min-max, periodic review, kan-ban, VMI and blanket POs strategies.
  • Manage contract manufacturing of assemblies.
  • Ability to stay calm under pressure and multi-task.
  • Ability to work well in a team environment. 



  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education and work experience and a minimum of 7 years of experience.
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal communication skills.
  • APICS or ISM certification a plus.
  • Excellent customer service skills.


SupplyPro is a great place to work! We offer an attractive compensation and benefits package with excellent and affordable health coverage, 3+ weeks of PTO, 9 paid holidays, and a casual work environment. We have also just moved into a brand new and fantastic workplace. To apply, please send your resume and salary requirements to jobs@supplypro.com.  

SupplyPro is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.


Are you looking for an exciting opportunity?

We currently have a full-time opening for a Master Data Analyst in Carlsbad, CA.  If you are looking for a fast paced environment where you can make a difference every day, then this is the opportunity for you!  This position is responsible for analyzing and improving the Product Master Data that are fundamental to business processes that touch and influence the customer experience. Relevant systems and processes include, but are not limited to: ERP/MRP, Oracle, WMS, and data quality systems. This position will work closely with both Business Process Key Users to investigate, design, and implement improvements in data creation and maintenance processes, rule based product configurations, and streamlined processes to support the data reliability to our customers.

 Your day will be very busy… you will:

  • Extract, manipulate, and summarize data records in a meaningful way that clearly communicates data quality to key stakeholders.
  • Initiate investigations into data quality to further analyze and report on areas of need and improvement in support of customers, both internal and external.
  • Develop methodologies for testing data quality and recommend tools to view, analyze, and report on these opportunities.
  • Ensure sales reporting item attributes for newly added items are accurately loaded in Oracle.
  • Lead ad hoc efforts to mass create or change product master data in support of new product launches, business process changes, or other project work.
  • Improve, develop, test, and establish mass change procedures and methodologies.
  • Perform systematic cleanup of sales reporting categories for existing items.
  • Troubleshoot user problems within the current master data sets.
  • Identify and implement process improvements and effective enhancements to support an enhanced customer experience.


The right person to join our team... 

Demonstrates ownership and accountability; the ability to synthesize disparate data/data sources to work with all types of master data that supports the supply chain; to create internal and external communications and disseminate information effectively; to collaborate effectively across functions and with all levels of management; demonstrates comfort with ambiguity; to lead and influence others effectively.

 What your background will be:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Analytics, Supply Chain Management or Logistics with 3+ years of experience in Product Management, Material Management, Data Management, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 2+ years of ERP/MRP Master Data creation and maintenance with a focus on Material/Item Masters. Transacting in Oracle systems strongly preferred.
  • Ability to collect, organize, analyze, and disseminate significant numbers of requests, transactions, and records in an enterprise level master data system.
  • Attention to detail with high degree of accuracy
  • Customer focused with an emphasis on clear and effective communication.  Act as a facilitator between Supply Chain and all internal stakeholders.
  • Dataloader, SQL, or similar mass update and creation tools preferred. Script/Loading design is a plus.
  •  Microsoft Excel and office suite experience required.


In 2015 Breg was awarded The National Business Research Institute (NBRI) circle of Excellence Award for employee engagement AND Breg has been awarded as one of the Best Places to work in San Diego in 2014 by “The U-T San Diego Top Workplaces”

If you meet the requirements above and would like to apply for this position, please visit our website at www.breg.com and click on the ‘Careers’ section.

Breg is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and dedicated to a diverse work force and Drug Free work environment. EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled are encouraged to apply.

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