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    APICS January 2019 PDM II - Top Management Night

    January 30, 2019
    5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
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    Old San Francisco Steakhouse
    10223 Sahara Dr.
    San Antonio, TX 78216
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    MRP: Precisely Wrong

    At the heart of most supply chains lies a planning tool called Material Requirements Planning (MRP). Invented in the 1950s, codifed in the 1960s and commercialized in the 1970s, MRP became THE way of life for supply order generation and synchronization throughout the world. Yet the people that interact with MRP everyday know that something is very wrong. They may not be able to explain exactly why, but they know that if they did exactly what MRP told them to do, it would have disastrous consequences for their company and their career.

    What if there was one fatal flaw in MRP that makes it distort the relevant information that planners, companies, and supply chains are desperately seeking? What if correcting this one fatal flaw would allow the promise of MRP to be attained and the bullwhip to be effectively mitigated?

    Please join us for an evening with Ms. Carol Ptak to learn and discuss about the common drawbacks and benefits of using MRP in manufacturing management and production planning.

    Take-aways include:

    What is the fatal flaw in MRP?

    What are the prerequisites for relevant information?

    What are the expected benefits of addressing this flaw?


    About our Speaker:

    Carol Ptak is currently a partner with the Demand Driven Institute and was most recently at Pacific Lutheran University as a Visiting Professor and Distinguished Executive in Residence. Previously, she was vice president and global industry executive for manufacturing and distribution industries at PeopleSoft where she developed the concept of demand driven manufacturing (DDM). Ms. Ptak spent four years at IBM culminating in the position of SMB segment executive. Carol is a past president of APICS and the only woman to serve in that position.


    Meeting Date:

    Wednesday, January 30, 2019



    10223 Sahara Dr. San Antonio, Texas 78216


    APICS Members: $25     Non-members/Guests $30     Students $10


    5:30 – 6:00 PM    Registration / Networking

    6:10 – 6:45 PM   Meal

    6:50 – 7:00 PM    Introductions

    7:00 – 8:00 PM    Speaker Presentation


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    $25.00 Member

    $30.00 Guest

    $10.00 Student