Shoes Und Bier! Florsheim DC Tour, Estabrook Biergarten Reception Big Hits


GLENDALE — On Sept. 17, 2015 a group of 30+ supply chain professionals and students got a firsthand look at one of the premier distribution centers in the region: the 1 million sq. ft. Florsheim Inc. facility at 333 W. Estabrook Blvd.

Led by Tom Florsheim, Jr. (Chairman and CEO of Florsheim parent Weyco Group) and Jim Kehoe (VP-Distribution), the tours guided attendees through the high-volume order picking and packing operation in full swing, which handles average daily shipping of 30,700 pairs of shoes, with a peak of up to 44,000 during holiday shopping.

The leaders of this historic company (founded in 1892) also gave extensive context to the distribution challenges by briefing attendees on shoe design, marketing, and retail and online sales support for its five premier brands: Florsheim, Nunn Bush, Stacy Adams, BOGS and Umi.

The historic Estabrook Park Biergarten, along the banks of the scenic Milwaukee River, hosted the reception after the tour. Attendees sampled authentic German beer from the famous Hofbräu brewery in Munich, as well as brats and giant pretzels.

Supply chain firm ClearView Audit co-sponsored both events with Florsheim and CSCMP-Milwaukee. Stay tuned for more upcoming events, including a golf outing at Kohler in October!

Photos by Alicia Pressley

Export Compliance Seminar at SEKO Logistics

On Tuesday morning, June 30, CSCMP members and friends including seasoned export specialists and those just beginning in the export world, had the unique opportunity to hear from Sandra A. Scott, Senior Director of Compliance at SEKO Logistics, on the following topics:

  • INCO Terms
  • Commercial Documentation
  • Compliance
  • Export Controls
  • Foreign Trade Regulations,
  • CTPAT, and more!

CSCMP Milwaukee To Sponsor Student to 2015 Annual Conference – APPLY BY APRIL 27

cscmp-sd2015As part of our commitment to developing the next generation of global supply chain leaders, the Milwaukee Roundtable is sponsoring an outstanding student of supply chain management to attend the 2015 CSCMP Annual Global Conference! The conference will be taking place from the 27th to the 30th of September in San Diego, California. Keynote speakers at the event include Howard Schultz (CEO of Starbucks) and Dave Clark (Senior VP of Global Operations at Amazon).

In addition to attending sessions and networking with top global supply chain professionals, the selected student will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to support the CSCMP staff with the logistics of running the Annual Conference. Other benefits to the student include:

  • Participate in CSCMP’s 2015 Student Recruitment Day.
  • Participate in CSCMP’s 2015 Global Student Challenge.
  • Interact with seasoned supply chain management professionals and CSCMP staff

Sponsorship details:

  • CSCMP will provide the selected student with shared hotel accommodations from Sept. 25 to Sept. 29 and meals from Sept. 26 to September 29.
  • The Milwaukee Roundtable will provide the selected student with roundtrip airfare to San Diego and a stipend for additional meals and expenses.


  1. Applicant must be a student member of CSCMP and affiliated with the Milwaukee Roundtable. He/she must also retain this membership status at the time of the Annual Global Conference in September 2015.
  2. Applicant must commit to arriving at the conference location in San Diego on Friday, Sept. 25 and depart no earlier than 2:00pm on Wednesday, Sept. 30.
  3. Applicant must submit an updated resume and response to one of the following essay questions (in PDF of MSWord format) to before the application deadline.
    1. Question 1: In 500 words or less, identify and discuss a critical supply chain management challenge that businesses in the United States face today. Be sure to include suggestions for how to address this challenge.
    2. Question 2: In 500 words or less, describe the path that led you to pursuing an education in supply chain management, and how you hope to make an impact as a future supply chain management professional. Please be as specific as possible.
  4. Application deadline: April 27, 2015 at 5:00pm CST

Questions? Please contact Thushan Hemachandra (Communications Chair for the Milwaukee Roundtable) at or 414-897-6081.

Roadrunner LTL Terminal Tour

On February 26, a large group from the Milwaukee CSCMP Roundtable participated in an in-depth operational tour of one of the nation’s leading Less-than-Truckload carriers. The tour included a behind-the-scenes look into the inner workings of more than 2,000,000 lbs of LTL freight as trucks arrive and dispatch line haul shipments for destination terminals.

Tour: ABB’s Supply Chain Operations with ODW Logistics

photo-3 On November 20, 2014, a group of more than 30 supply chain professionals and students took a tour of ABB’s Low Voltage Drives production facility, featuring inbound to production, assembly and finished product Supply Chain. The tour began at ODW Logistics (Waukesha, WI) and concluded at ABB’s facilities in New Berlin, WI. Participants were treated to a true demonstration of…

  • LEAN manufacturing and state of the industry technology;
  • Inbound materials management,
  • Four-hour Kanban fulfillment to ABB’s production line, final assembly and shipment of ABB’s product,

… all supported by real-time visibility: delivering the right material to the right place at the right time.
Supply chain leaders from both ABB and ODW also shared information on career opportunities at their respective companies, making the event particularly valuable to students seeking internships and full-time employment as supply chain professionals.

Tour: Case New Holland Industrial Plant in Racine

On July 31, 2014, a group of approximately 30 CSCMP members and friends toured of the Case New Holland Industrial Plant in Racine – home of the Case IH Magnum & New Holland T8 Tractors. The walking tour included seeing the tractor and transmission assembly lines and machining area. Following the tour, several participants gathered at The Chancery restaurant for lunch and networking.

Connections and Reflections

This morning I awoke in Budapest and reflected on the past two weeks of traveling for business in the Middle East and Europe. My trip started in Dubai, then to Istanbul and then Budapest. While the agenda was packed, I took a few minutes while in Dubai to get to the website to see who the Dubai Roundtable President was.  Next – a quick note to Dr. Kanak Madrecha to see if he might have time to join me for dinner.


Dr. Madrecha and I in Dubai

The stars were aligned as Dr Madrecha made time to come meet with me by the Dancing Water Fountain and we shared some dinner and conversation.  Through CSCMP, we are able to connect with talented supply chain professionals throughout the world.  I introduced Dr. Madrecha to some of our Dubai based team members.  We conversed about events and made some preliminary plans to perhaps speak at a May event.

Whether you travel domestically or internationally – take the time to connect – it’s so easy and a great value through CSCMP.  You can also be the conduit to connect others to CSCMP.

I also have had some time to reflect on the past year of being the Milwaukee Roundtable President.  We have an impressive board of talented and energetic professionals and faculty.  From the relaunch of the RT in October of 2012 to now – I couldn’t be more proud of what the Board has accomplished:

  • 5 events with 257 attendees and 2 board dinners
  • 1 student sponsored to Annual CSCMP Conference
  • Membership grew by 90%
  • Financials doubled through events
  • We’ve partnered with 2 other RT’s on events
  • We have a plan to hold 20 events in the coming year

Are you connected to CSCMP Roundtables?  If not, you’re missing a great opportunity to develop and build connections.

Claudia Knowlton-ChikeClaudia Knowlton-Chike
President, CSCMP Milwaukee Roundtable

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Networking and Dinner with WisDOT on the Waterfront

us41Wisconsin is open for business and that means improvements to our infrastructure.  The Milwaukee and Northeast Roundtables hosted a joint event showcasing one of the many projects underway.

The topic was the I41 conversion. I41 is an important stretch of roadway used by 40% of the entire state’s traffic.  After networking, attendees learned about the conversion from our speakers Tammy Rabe and Scot Harrington with the WisDOT.  Because of this project, many more businesses will view the Wisconsin roadways as a key strength in site selection.

At the end of the presentations, the speakers took questions and comments about area buy in and the possibility of attracting an Amazon warehouse (not yet on the radar).  This event was also attended by a large group of supply chain students from UW-Madison.  Thanks to all for making this event a success!

Got Talent?

Just about anything you read these days in Supply Chain includes the ‘War on Talent’.  When you think about talent – it’s a wide area including the talent attraction, development and retention.  To that end, CSCMP is a smart resource for any company that is looking to deepen in all areas of talent.

I’ve been an advocate of CSCMP Roundtables for many years.  The Twin Cities Roundtable really got me to see the true value.  When I moved to Milwaukee for my job at GE Healthcare, I checked the website to find out about the Milwaukee Roundtable.  I was surprised to there was not an active RT.

Fast forward to 2012: in May 2012, a group of talented supply chain professionals and educators came together to re-launch a Milwaukee CSCMP Roundtable.  Included were Shippers, Universities, Providers and students with great energy, can-do spirit and diversity of talent.  We read through the by-laws, established a board and held 3 high quality events.  I’m so proud of what this team has accomplished in terms of the re-launch, communications, social media, growing membership, providing events that help develop talent and provide networking, while also growing our young professionals.  We’ll save the annual stats for another communication.

Now that we are fully launched, with an awesome Board – we look forward to working with the rich base of companies in the Milwaukee area – to support them on all areas of Supply Chain Talent.  We look forward to deepening our role with the three great Universities we have here in Milwaukee/Madison that provide Supply Chain education.  We look forward to further partnering with other CSCMP Roundtables and visiting when we travel.  Very importantly, we look forward to delivering more than 20 high quality events in the next year to help YOU develop your supply chain experiences, skills and networks.

What are you doing to develop supply chain talent?  Are you connected to CSCMP Roundtables?  If not, you’re missing a great opportunity to develop and retain what brings a competitive advantage to your company –your talented people!

Claudia Knowlton-ChikeClaudia Knowlton-Chike
President, CSCMP Milwaukee Roundtable

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