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April 2012 PDM

April 25, 2012
5:45 PM to 9:00 PM
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Newlands Golf & Country Club
21025 48th Avenue
Langley, BC V3A 3M3

Down and Dirty Inventory Control for the Technologically Down on their Luck

Not everyone is able to rely on a fantastic piece of software and a legion of people maintaining it. Not every organization can magically track inventory without error while allowing perfect prediction of purchasing requirements without any feedback from Sales.

So what happens when you land in an organization without any tools but need to get inventory control going right away?

Join Jason Young, BBA as he shows some dead simple and specific implementations of how he managed to tame inventory so that he could sleep at night.

As an avid buzzword bingo player he will touch on: Sales and Operations Planning, Kan Ban replenishment, cycle counting, physical inventory, and anything else that comes to mind as he rambles like an old war veteran  about what has worked and not worked in his career.

Learn from his suffering and feel better about YOUR career.

If you are already perfect with inventory this is your chance to laugh at his misfortune you smug such and such. On the off chance you are not in fact perfect you may shamelessly steal an idea or two and claim it as your own so that you can get that raise and promotion you rightfully deserve. If you don’t know much about inventory or are having a hell of a time getting the beast under control, Jason is going to give some clear instructions on how to cut up your inventory into manageable pieces with as little effort as you can get away with.

Our Guest Speaker

With just about ten years of experience within Industry Jason feels old, and if you recall him as a student member of APICS in 2002, you should feel old too!

Once he was a fresh student out of BCIT’s Operations Management program (with honours because he has issues with letting his family down) before he began to specialize in working with small to medium organizations. He tends to work with organizations who have risen up to the point where “can do” entrepreneurial spirit has been outgrown by the customer requirements of consistent success. Despite what the tabloids report they are not in fact mutually exclusive.

His wife the HR specialist informs him that this has put him into the role of change management with organizations. It sure makes the resume sound cooler than “common sense implementation”.

While beating his head against the wall trying to find new ways to explain why it is important for people to follow their standard operating procedures, he has served on the inaugural board of directors for APICS Fraser Valley and several roles since including serving as chapter president. Volunteering with APICS has been an excellent highlight of his career and has allowed him to travel across Canada exchanging ideas with organizations he does not work with along with other APICS chapters who have yet to ban him from their cities. You would think by now he would be less shy.

Jason has taken a hand at teaching both lean manufacturing, and inventory control workshops while swearing he will eventually finish the last two exams for his CPIM designation. He would have completed his designation sooner but he was distracted with acquiring his BBA from BCIT (with distinction because they did away with honours and because his mother simply will not be happy nor love him until he has a bloody MBA at this rate).

His most recent adventure was spending a year in Regina, Saskatchewan as acting general manager of a mattress manufacturing company before he returned home and promptly decided he needed to change to an industry that has nothing to do with mattresses.

He currently works with the Kanata Blanket Company as the Operations Manager and while he does indeed enjoy long walks on the beach and candlelight dinners, he is not sure at all how that is relevant to this bio. He thanks you for asking none the less.