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!

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.

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!

Tour of Coca-Cola Refreshments Warehouse Highlighting Voice Recognition

The CSCMP Milwaukee Roundtable group, including top executives and professors from both Wisconsin and Illinois, at the Coca-Cola facility in Milwaukee, WI.

Chris Schram of Coca Cola hosted a sold out tour for the CSCMP Milwaukee roundtable on January 17th.  This tour was filled with top executives and professors from both Wisconsin and Illinois.  GE Healthcare was in attendance along with professors from top colleges and other senior executives from companies like UPS, Johnson Controls, SC Johnson and many more.

The tour began with an outstanding networking session.  The group was then treated to a “life of a can” video.  After the video, participants performed a voice pick exercise by splitting into 3 groups which included a Coca Cola manager and an order builder.  The highlight of the tour was a demonstration of the voice pick technology used at the distribution center to build and ship customer orders.

Throughout the event there was ample opportunity to network with fellow logisticians. Everyone was very grateful for the hospitality demonstrated by Coca Cola by allowing a tour of their amazing facility.

Milwaukee Roundtable Re-launch

More than 50 people, including MBA students from UW-Madison’s Grainger Center for Supply Chain Management, attended the CSCMP Milwaukee Roundtable re-launch event.

On October 11th, over 50 people gathered for the re-launch of the Milwaukee CSCMP Roundtable. There was excitement in the air, as we hosted our first event at the GE Healthcare Institute.   The keynote speaker for the evening was Evan Armstrong, President of Armstrong & Associates, Inc.  The topic for the evening was Domestic and International Third-Party Logistics Trends & Analysis. We began the evening with networking, food and beverages.

Kicking off the meeting, Claudia Knowlton-Chike, Global Logistics Executive at GE Healthcare and Milwaukee CSCMP Roundtable President, provided a brief overview of the Roundtable mission and Milwaukee Board.  She highlighted what a terrific Board we have comprised of key area companies, University faculty and Providers. Claudia recognized the Board and also thanked Dale Carpenter, VP at Strive Logistics and our Roundtable Advisor, for his consistent help and guidance.

Next, Michael Maltz, Director, Global SCM at Johnson Controls and VP of CSCMP Milwaukee Roundtable provided an introduction of the Keynote Speaker – Evan Armstrong.

Mr. Armstrong provided a great update on 3PL’s that included recently conducted research into the Mexican logistics, dedicated contract carriage and value-added warehousing markets.  Highlights of this research were highlighted in conjunction with the latest third-party financial statistics for the U.S. and major global economies.  He also spoke on current merger and acquisition activity and the status of major third-party logistics providers by region was examined.  Click here to download this truly enlightening presentation.

Panelists (L to R): Jim Hendrickson, Tom Fiser, Anthony Ross, Peter Luksys.

Rounding out the evening was an esteemed panel comprised of Industry professionals as well as University Faculty.

  1. Jim Hendrickson VP & General Manager – Logistics Solutions – Pitney Bowes
  2. Tom Fiser– Director of Logistics, North American Product Supply at SC Johnson
  3. Anthony RossUW Milwaukee, Rockwell Automation Endowed Chair in SCM
  4. Peter  LukszysUW Madison School of Business, Senior Lecturer, Director of Applied Learning, Grainger Center for SCM

We look forward to providing you further education, networking and personal & professional development through Milwaukee CSCMP Roundtable.