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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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The Data Sync Specialist role will be a part of the Global Planning department, and report to the Master Data Manager. This role will be responsible for executing the operational GDSN capability at Bumble Bee. Serving as a point of contact and have day-to-day operational support with cross functional organizations and external customers to ensure GDSN capabilities and service to our customers and their requirements for GDSN as well as other Global Data Sync activities.


• Lead the operational base business activities of the GDSN program while maintaining effective communication with internal stakeholders and customers.
• Manage publication of product data on 1WorldSync, FSEnet and various trading partner portals.
• Provide the highest level of data quality and enable efficient digital strategies for our customers.
• Work collaboratively with other functional areas to trouble shoot product data inconsistencies.
• Own customer satisfaction through effective understanding and knowledge of the GS1 standards and GDSN capabilities.
• Assist customers to utilize GDSN by responding to onboarding requests and driving innovative digital solutions.
• Analyze product data needs for specific customers, and aggregate data from multiple internal and external sources to drive desired outcomes.
• Create and maintain comprehensive metrics and track issues, problem solving resolutions, and communicate timelines effectively.
• Create and review reports with Manager, making recommendation for improvement regarding data flows, errors and overall trends.
• Assist in developing departmental standard operating procedures (SOP’s) and training documents.
• Other duties as assigned.


• Position requires a Bachelor’s degree in business or related field. Additionally this position requires 1-2 years’ experience with GDSN and GS1 standards.
• Ability to work cross functionally within a global supply chain is required.
• Ability to create and drive progression of business metrics is required.
• Candidate must possess very strong analytical skills and function in a fast-paced multi-task environment with minimal supervision.
• Ability to analyze, interpret and react to complex issues with critical attention to detail; High organizational and coordination skills are required.
• Strong time management skills with the ability to work across multiple concurrent projects and priorities.
• Strong verbal and written communication skills, as well as excellent listening skills.
• Candidate must be proficient in working with large databases and experienced in Excel, utilizing filters, pivot tables, and vlookups to analyze and manipulate spreadsheets efficiently.
• Other preferences include background in Supply Chain, cross-functional projects, and ERP system experience with SAP.


About the Company

Bumble Bee Foods, LLC, headquartered in San Diego, is North America’s largest branded shelf-stable seafood company, offering a full line of canned and pouched tuna, salmon, sardine and specialty protein products marketed in the U.S. under leading brands including Bumble Bee®, Brunswick®, Snow’s®, Wild Selections® and Beach Cliff®, and in Canada under the Clover Leaf® brand.
Bumble Bee's mission is to provide healthy and nutritious products and meal solutions that are sourced sustainably. The company actively promotes the responsible stewardship of global fisheries resources and is a founder of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) — a global partnership of scientists, tuna processors and WWF, the global conservation organization.
How to Apply

Interested candidates should apply directly at https://beewithus.bumblebee.com/B4F168575C

Bumble Bee Seafoods is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. 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.


The Supply Chain Intern will rotate through various departments within Supply Chain, as needed. Supply Chain is comprised of the following departments:  Sales Support Services, Master Data, Supply Planning, Demand Planning, Procurement, Transportation, Logistics (Warehouse and Inventory Management) and Operations (Manufacturing).

During each rotation, this position will likely interact with all areas of Supply Chain, Sales, Customers, IT, Finance, plants, carriers, warehouses and vendors.  Each rotation will range from 2 – 4 months, depending upon the needs of the departments. The length of this internship will be determined by the successful completion of each rotation.


    • College degree with a BA/BS in logistics, business management, supply chain or equivalent business discipline a plus.


    • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, with excellent interpersonal skills.


    • Strong analytical skills; able to work with large data extracts, creating formats and formulas to obtain data based next step solutions.


    • Ability to function in a multi-task environment.


    • Must be able to set priorities and demonstrate a high organizational level in an environment of ever-changing needs.  Must be innovative, assertive, and capable of anticipating needs.


    • Accuracy, attention to detail and sensitivity to deadlines.


    • Strong teamwork skills including cross-functional collaboration.


    • Computer literate: proficient in Excel (ex: able to use filters, pivot tables and V-Lookups to efficiently analyze and manipulate spreadsheet data).


    • This position is at an office desk, sedentary work.


About the Company

Bumble Bee Foods, LLC, headquartered in San Diego, is North America’s largest branded shelf-stable seafood company, offering a full line of canned and pouched tuna, salmon, sardine and specialty protein products marketed in the U.S. under leading brands including Bumble Bee®, Brunswick®, Snow’s®, Wild Selections® and Beach Cliff®, and in Canada under the Clover Leaf® brand.

Bumble Bee's mission is to provide healthy and nutritious products and meal solutions that are sourced sustainably. The company actively promotes the responsible stewardship of global fisheries resources and is a founder of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) — a global partnership of scientists, tuna processors and WWF, the global conservation organization.


How to Apply

Interested candidates should send resumes to https://beewithus.bumblebee.com/2299FB8652

Bumble Bee Seafoods, LLC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. 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.


The Senior Supply Chain Planner is responsible for production planning and deployment of inventory within the assigned product areas.   This position requires use of analytical and quantitative methods to make sure inventory is deployed most effectively through the Supply Chain to minimize redeployment, keep transportation costs low, and maximize customer order fulfillment.  The Senior Supply Chain Planner will execute inventory management strategies to support the company market plans and financial goals.


    • Customer Focus – Achieve and maintain alignment in the supply chain between suppliers, Bumble Bee Foods, and the Customer

        • Works with Customer Service, Operations, QA, Technology, Sales, and Marketing  to coordinate schedules and other supply chain activities where demand exceeds supply, during supply shortages, where event timing necessitates an inventory build, or where non-standard actions are required (i.e., pre-planning for special package features i.e. coupons, graphics or size changes)

        • Work daily with distribution centers, transportation, and customer service to ensure 99% order fulfillment and prevent customer shortages.

        • Take action to forecast and prevent inventory issues, or to escalate and communicate them well in advance.  Implement strategies to manage inventory issues with limited impact to customers.

        • Lead weekly meetings with Trade and Purchasing to document global supply for products managed and clearly communicate supply status to the entire company

    • Technical Expertise – Develop and communicate inventory strategies for assigned product groups, manage execution

        • Anticipates total network inventory position impacts of sales promotional/seasonal volume projections, new item introductions and obsolete item discontinuation and manages appropriate SAP system parameters to meet inventory targets.

        • Assess total system inventory position by product/SKU to determine best economic solution to meeting customer orders and future demand.  Must be capable of using expertise and analysis to make business decisions and judgments independently.

        • Manage the excess inventory process for assigned product groups.  Facilitate sale inventory to secondary accounts, transfer inventory to alternate DC’s to minimize excess, or to identify product to repack.

        • Master SAP to create purchase orders and stock transport orders daily and keep all data current and accurate at all times

        • Provide recommendations to improve service, quality of work, and reduce costs through process or execution improvements

        • Perform other functions or services as required or assigned


    • Development - Develop yourself against the competency profiles for successful leaders at Bumble Bee Foods.


    • Results - Be accountable for the following metrics:

        • Case Fill Rate

        • Transportation mode compliance and spend targets

        • Accuracy of in transit data in SAP and timeliness of transactional data


    • Education:  Four-year college degree in business, or related field.


    • Planning systems training like ERP/DRP/MRP/MPS is desired.


    • Experience in relevant areas:  Supply chain, purchasing, forecasting, demand management inventory control, production scheduling, master scheduling, capacity management, materials management, or distribution resource planning; preferably in the consumer packaged goods industry.


    • Skills:  Strong mathematical skills,  strong quantitative and analytical skills, familiar with supply and demand planning concepts; broad range of computer skills – especially MS Excel, and other software packages; self-directed; ability to communicate findings, make recommendations and facilitate change; comfortable working with individuals at all organizational levels; project management skills.  Ability to manage many details with a high level of accuracy; ability to establish timelines and meet deadlines; excellent interpersonal and communications skills; skill in prioritizing workloads; ability to initiate, coordinate and move forward on planned activities.


    • Management Skills: Decision making, collaboration, problem solving, meeting facilitation, ability to incorporate multiple views (customer, marketing, manufacturing, distribution, warehousing, etc.) in the supply chain planning process, strong critical, conceptual and analytical thinking, and good business judgment.


About the Company

Bumble Bee Foods is the number one producer and marketer of canned albacore tuna, canned salmon, and specialty canned seafood products in the U.S. under the Bumble Bee brand.  We are a passionate group of individuals with an entrepreneurial spirit that drives us to continually innovate in order to satisfy our consumers’ need for affordable, convenient, healthful products that make their lives more enjoyable.

Bumble Bee Foods is a global company with eight locations around the world, including Headquarters in San Diego, California.  Among the corporate values are a commitment to provide a motivational environment that exceeds expectations; strive to achieve high standards of personal and corporate performance; and a commitment to winning in today’s competitive market place.


Go to the following link to submit your application:


Bumble Bee Seafoods is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  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.


Salk Job #G399 Department: Procurement Services

Status: Regular Full Time (7:30am - 4:00pm Monday-Friday), Benefits Eligible       

Position Description Summary

This position is responsible for providing management and supervision for the Logistics Operations staff whose responsibilities including shipping, receiving, distribution, mail services and various logistic services to the Institute. The incumbent is expected to; stay current and adhere to on all applicable laws and regulations; create solutions for the most complex Institute requirements; identify, execute and report progress on strategic projects and goals to reduce costs and create efficiencies; write SOPs; train staff; and leverage current and future technology solutions. This position is accountable for all related administrative and support duties such as database and systems management, recharge processing, communication, reporting, customer service, providing back up in any department are as necessary and other duties as directed.

Qualifications Summary

Bachelor’s degree in supply chain management, business or related field or equivalent work experience. Minimum 8 years of experience in the operations, management, principles and practices of strategic supply chain/materials management, shipping, mail services, and logistics; or an equivalent combination of related experience and education. 3 years of successful supervisory and mentoring staff. Must have IATA dangerous goods and DOT training certifications or must have the ability to obtain certifications within 12 months of hire date

The Salk Institute for Biological Studies is committed to providing equal access to opportunities for students, employees, applicants for employment and other persons.

To be considered please apply at: https://www.salk.edu/about/careers/


At Pacira Pharmaceuticals, controlling postsurgical pain is the key to improving patient outcomes. Our in-depth knowledge of the needs of the postsurgical pain market, coupled with our passion for delivering improved patient care, drives our commitment to providing solutions that address unmet medical needs and improve clinical results. Pacira Pharmaceuticals currently has an opening for a Supply Chain Planner.

The purpose of this position is to perform manufacturing and raw material planning, and generate job and purchase requisitions to execute the material requirements plan. This position will collaborate closely with Manufacturing, Contract Packaging, Procurement, and Quality Assurance/Control to schedule the timely production of bulk and filled vials, and the ordering, delivery and release of assigned raw material categories essential to meet safety stock objectives, production schedules and technical projects.  Develops raw material budget and tracks performance to plan.

  • Exercising critical judgement and in coordination with Manufacturing, develops manufacturing plan to support commercial, clinical, engineering, validation, and process development orders to meet overall requirements.
  • Analyzes Material Requirements Planning output and utilizing judgement with respect to vendor and QC lead times, and raw materials inventory levels, initiates Purchase Requisitions for replenishing Raw Material inventory and Expense Items to support manufacturing.
  • Responsible for generating and maintaining raw material budget and monthly reporting actual to budget performance.  Independently analyzes and determines if budget requires updating and initiates update process.
  • Opens job orders on ERP system for manufacturing and analyzes material availability to support the production plan. 
  • Based on independent analysis of inventory levels and QC testing time, determines and communicates raw material testing and release priorities to the QC and QA team.  Tracks material status from receipt through release.  Develops and publishes performance metrics for cycle time.
  • Creates, revises material specifications, and based on analysis of form/fit/function rules, creates part numbers and BOM changes as deemed necessary. Ensures data integrity of ESI Part Master and based on analysis of various factors, updates as necessary lead times, safety stock levels and minimum order quantities.
  • Generates sales orders in ESI system for shipments to customers and performs material issuances to ship product and update inventory records. 
  • Coordinates closely with Purchasing to assess vendor delivery lead times, capacity constraints and other issues that might impact on-time raw material delivery.
  • Analyzes job cost variances, reconciles and determines if corrective action needed to resolve variances.  Provides input to Cost Accounting.
  • Analyzes the retest and expiration report to maximize material usage and determine if retest is warranted.  Coordinates with QC and QA to establish priority and timing for retesting. Works closely with warehouse leads, QA, EH&S on disposition of expired materials.


The qualified candidate will possess the following:

  • B.S. or B.A from an accredited college or university desired.
  • 3-5 years of relevant supply chain management experience in GMP environment.
  • CPIM Certification a plus
  • Ability to clearly communicate ideas and complex situations in a large group setting
  • Good organizational skills, attention to detail, coordination, and planning
  • Understanding and knowledge of raw materials, production work flows, production capacity
  • Ability to accomplish goals and tasks with teams through teamwork; influencing and leading; negotiation;
  • Ability to administer and manage data in support of production efforts
  • Willingness to work as a team player and possess good interpersonal skills
  • Coordinate activities for multiple departments
  • Experienced with ERP software, Excel spreadsheets, Power Point, Microsoft Project and word processing software programs
  • Knowledge of production and inventory control, especially in the planning and scheduling areas
  • Excellent verbal and written English communication skills


Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled



Milgard Windows & Doors is the leading manufacturer of windows and doors in the Western United States. We set ourselves apart with our high quality products and our commitment to excellent service to our customers. Our commitment to our employees is just as strong – we believe in respect for the individual and seek to develop our people to help them in growing their careers.

We are currently seeking an experienced individual to step into our Materials Supervisor role in beautiful Temecula, California. This year the team gotten a new leader who brings creativity, fresh perspective, lean and continuous improvement principles, and a commitment to our people. We are excited for what this team can do and the successful candidate will be part of the energy and excitement being generated.

The Materials Supervisor is responsible for the following key functions:

  •          Managing the cycle counting of inventory and variance analysis to ensure accurate inventory.
  •          Supporting the order process to ensure the accuracy and efficiency of materials in the plant.
  •          Ensuring materials are delivered to each department in a timely manner.
  •          Employee coaching and development
  •          Continuous process improvement


Viable Candidates should possess:

  •          Minimum 3 years material receiving inventory control experience. APICS certification or Supply Chain Analyst experience could be substituted for the minimum 3 year requirement
  •          Logistics experience in the military may be transferable to this role particularly is you possess knowledge of Lean and CI tools.
  •          APICA certification is a plus!
  •          High school diploma requires; college preferred.


If you are looking for an opportunity with a Company that has a culture built on respect for the individual, a strong market share and a reputation for excellence, please submit your resume and cover letter for our review for consideration. WE are committed to diversity and inclusion of all! Milgard is part of the larger Masco family of companies – known for quality brands such as Behr Coatings, Delta Faucet, Merillat Cabinetry, Kichler lighting – and many others. Growth opportunites are available as are a robust total rewards package. WE offer great benefits including medical, dental, vision, 401k with a match, profit sharing, paid time off and paid holidays.

We have a robust total rewards offering including items such as:

  •          Performance Bonus Incentive – your efforts are rewarded!
  •          Paid Vacation and Sick Time Off
  •          Medical/Dental/Vision – Milgard picks up the majority cost of these important benefits!
  •          401k with a Company match – 100% of the first 4%
  •          Tuition assistance – continue your education; we will help!
  •          Career growth opportunities – take on more responsibility and grow!


To learn more about Milgard’s products, services, and culture visit our website at www.milgard.com/careers. We have built our success on our foundational philosophy of Respect, Service, and Excellence. Milgard Windows & Doors, started right here in the Pacific Northwest and now operating in Oregon, California, Colorado and Texas – it is a great place to grow your career as we continue to evolve our business!

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