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"Leveraging Lean Logistics to Lead in the 21st Century" Joint with ASQ & APICS earn 2 CEH

April 12, 2017
5:15 PM to 8:00 PM
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Cooper-Atkins Corporation
33 Reeds Gap Road
Middlefield, CT 06455

Leveraging Lean Logistics to Lead in the 21st Century!

Recent analysis provides estimates that logistics costs in the USA represent over 8% of GDP, roughly 1.4 TRILLION DOLLARS! This presentation will take a lean look at logistics and focus on how we can add value through warehousing, distribution and transportation. The following topics will be discussed:
  • What is the goal of logistics?
  • Lean warehousing techniques such as cross-docking and drop-shipping
  • The trade-off between shrinking lot sizes and increasing deliveries
  • Lean material handling and storage
  • Design for Logistics (DFL) opportunities
  • Sustainability improvements through reverse logistics (reduce, reuse, recycle)
The facilitator will utilize a combination of slideshow presentation, roundtable discussion, interactive exercises and summary Q&A to engage the audience in this highly participative session.

Parking: After entering the parking lot through the single lane entrance, PDM attendees may park in any open spaces in the area to their left.


  • Registration starts: 5:15 PM
  • Pizza served: 5:30 PM –
  • Welcome & Announcements: 6:15 PM
  • Presentation Starts: 6:30 PM followed by Q&A
  • Adjourn: 8 PM


Michael D. Ford, CFPIM, CSCP, CQA, CRE, CQE, ACPF, CPSM is Principal of TQM Works Consulting, for which he is widely recognized as a premier provider of corporate training across a wide array of subjects. He provides innovative solutions based on 30 years of experience in retail, distribution, manufacturing, and consulting. His work history includes software implementation, business planning, inventory management, distribution planning and education. This includes a broad range of experience from ETO to MTS, as well as non-profits, service, and Department of Defense.
He has presented at over 310 industry events throughout the U.S., Canada, Nigeria and S. Africa, and has provided over 5,000 hours of classroom training. He specializes in delivering training that is “edu-taining” and as a result averages 4.7/5.0 on evaluations.
Ford is a 2016 graduate of Binghamton University, earning a M.S. in Industrial & Systems Engineering. He continues to pursue “lifelong learning for lifetime success” and has participated in over 160 professional development activities beyond his formal education, and has additionally acquired 7 professional certifications.
Ford has been recognized as a “subject matter expert” (SME) within the field of operations management and served on the review team for APICS CPIM courseware updates and as an SME for the APICS Principles courseware.
Ford has served as an Adjunct Professor for Penn State University, Binghamton University and Elmira College. He has as well instructed continuing education classes for campuses throughout Penn State University (Mont Alto, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton, Abington) and State University of New York (Binghamton U., Broome CC, Tompkins-Cortland CC, Morrisville College, Finger Lakes CC).
Ford has provided training for multi-national corporations such as IBM, Pfizer, Lockheed Martin, BAE, BorgWarner, BASF, Crestron, Aeroflex and Proctor & Gamble. He has also provided training to federal government agencies such as FEMA/DHS, the Defense Logistics Agency and multiple army depots. Ford combines his technical expertise with personal skills to develop a unique “outside the box” approach to life’s challenges.
Ford is proud to declare his curricula vitae as diverse as any other trainer on the planet, including: instructor development, night shift strategies, leadership, calculus tutoring, engineering drawings, critical thinking, change management, organization skills, forklift operator training, family fitness, automotive maintenance, OSHA safety training, English Second Language tutoring, social responsibility, technical writing, work center setup reduction, machine maintenance, financials, motivational speeches and many more topics!
Contact information: or 607.624.4853 (cell).


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$20.00 Non-Members