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    Please Join Us for a Tour of the United States Post Office

    Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019

    4949 E. Van Buren St. 

    Phoenix. AZ 

    Tour Cost $10.00

    The Phoenix Processing and Distribution Center (the Plant)  processes letter type mail and express mail.  They have 56 letter sorting machines of different types processing up to about 30,000 pieces an hour with 2 employees.  They process all the outgoing mail for most of Arizona and even some small towns in southern Utah.  They are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


    We will see the AFCS200 machines, (Advanced Facer Canceler System 200).  These machines process approximately 25,000 pieces an hour.  If you drop a letter with a stamp on it in Arizona, it will come through one of their 8 machines, which faces the letter (puts them all in the same direction and orientation) and cancels the stamp while also capturing an image of the mail piece to spray on a barcode for later sortation.  All in the blink of an eye.

    The letters will then go to another machine that will sort by the barcode and be finalized to send out to the world OR stay in the plant to be DPSed (Delivery Point Sequenced).  That means they run the letter through a machine twice and it is sorted in delivery order so it can be dispatched to the carrier who puts the mail in his/her delivery vehicle and delivers it without any further sortation.

    They processed well over 2 billion pieces last year.

    Agenda:6 pm - Tour

    We will have a group dinner at Honey Bears BBQ immediately following the tour. Everyone will pay for their own meal. 

    Restaurant Location:

    5012 E. Van Buren

    Phoenix, AZ 

    • 14 Mar 2019
    • 5:30 PM
    • DoubleTree Suites, 320 N 44th St, Phoenix 85008
    Registration is closed


    5:30 pm - Registration and Networking

    6 pm - Dinner / Chapter Business Meeting

    7:00 pm - Featured Speaker: Carol Ptak

     'Adapt or Die - Successfully Managing the Volatile Supply Chain'

    Today’s detailed planning and scheduling systems are rooted in assumptions and practices from 40 years ago. "Best practices" are no longer best - they are simply antiquated and in many cases inappropriate. Optimizing these inappropriate rules through today’s more powerful ERP products is fraught with risk. Sustaining competitiveness in the face of rising complexity and volatility in supply chains requires a fundamentally different approach - a company has a choice - adapt or die. This presentation will describe the simple steps of the required shift from convention to the emerging principles of Demand Driven operational systems.  


    CarolPtak is currently a partner with the Demand Driven Institute and was most recently at Pacific Lutheran University as 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 past president of APICS and the only woman to serve in that position. 

Past events

10 Jan 2019 Jan 10, 2019 PDM: REGISTER TO ATTEND!
08 Nov 2018 Nov. 8 Tour of MD Helicopters : REGISTER TO ATTEND!
18 Oct 2018 Oct. 18 PDM: REGISTER TO ATTEND!
17 May 2018 Happy Hour
08 Feb 2018 APICS Social
25 Jan 2018 APICS Phoenix Chapter - 2018 Supply Chain Preview & Forum
14 Dec 2017 APICS Happy Hour
09 Nov 2017 Nov. 9 PDM: Senior Management Night
11 Oct 2017 How You Structure your Purchasing Department will Pre-Determine Certain Functions
07 Oct 2017 APICS Golf Outing at Continental Golf Club
14 Sep 2017 Blockchain Update and a Case for Core Supply Chain Transactions
10 Aug 2017 First Things First: How No Leads to Yes
13 Apr 2017 Tour Stuffington Bear Factory - Make a Bear
09 Mar 2017 Tour and Volunteer Session at Project C.U.R.E
16 Feb 2017 Tour and Tasting at SunUp Brewing Co
19 Jan 2017 Supply Chain Finance
08 Dec 2016 Joint Session with ASQ
20 Oct 2016 Merger Integration of Health Systems
18 Aug 2016 August Event: Network Design and Transportation
16 Jun 2016 June Event: International Trade and Commodities
11 Feb 2016 February Event: Supply Chain Risk Management
12 Nov 2015 November Event: Managing the Volatile Supply Chain
10 Sep 2015 September Event: Membership Appreciation Night
12 Mar 2015 March Event: Lean Supply Chain Optimization
12 Feb 2015 February PDM: How Lean Startup Can Be Applied in the Enterprise for Career Defining Accomplishments
20 Nov 2014 November PDM: Creating and sustaining the Lean Transformation using operational excellence
19 Oct 2014 APICS 2014 International Conference
16 Oct 2014 October PDM: Navigating a Complex Future
18 Sep 2014 September PDM: Cycle Time Reduction
15 May 2014 May PDM: Senior Management Night
17 Apr 2014 APICS International Conference
12 Apr 2014 Computer Skills for Supply Chain Class in Tucson
10 Apr 2014 April Plant Tour: TechShop
20 Mar 2014 March Plant Tour: Local Motors
19 Mar 2014 Tucson Chapter Senior Management Night: Operational success by matching ERP with best practices.
26 Feb 2014 Tucson Chapter PDM with Lt Col John Gustafson
30 Jan 2014 January PDM: SBDC and Financing Small Business Growth
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