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Columbian Scores 100% on Audit

The Columbian Distribution Services (CDS) division recently scored a perfect 100% on a rigorous customer audit.  The customer, who prefers to remain anonymous, performs semi-annual unannounced (surprise!) audits of our facility, processes, and systems.  The all-day audit covers 8 key aspects of warehouse operations: Physical Security & Monitoring, Electronic Monitoring, Access Control, Product Storage, Operational Documentation, Warehouse Operation Processes, Administrative Operations, and Physical Inventory.

While the CDS crew has consistently earned satisfactory marks over the years, this is the second year in a row they’ve achieved a perfect score.  Bill Ekberg, senior facility manager, had this to say about the score:

“The audit has changed over the last few years.  It used to measure how your operation looked on that day, but now it measures your operational performance over time.  It’s much tougher to pass, let alone earn a perfect score.  This accomplishment is a testament to the day-to-day rigor with which we treat this customer’s business.”

Michigan Supply Chain Innovation Summit

Michigan Supply Chain Innovation Summit


Michigan Supply Chain Innovation Summit, August 30-31, 2015, in Dearborn, Michigan, will be a not-to-be-missed event, especially for business leaders looking for insights into the logistics and supply chain innovations beyond the horizon of current best practices.  Topics will include complexity management, talent development and leadership, omni channel supply chain integration, and much more.

This inaugural event reflects a new emphasis on the importance and priority of the state’s supply chain network. Every company and every job in Michigan is affected by the supply chain, which includes logistics, warehousing, distribution, inventory management, production planning, staff optimization, data integration and much more.  The timing for this Summit is right, as the MEDC is implementing Michigan’s Logistics and Supply Chain Strategic Plan with public sector and private sector partners across the state.  The MEDC and Prima Civitas have partnered to coalesce and showcase some of Michigan’s best supply chain leaders, innovators, practitioners, and ideas – all world-class strategic assets in business and economic development. 


General Manager Re-certified CSCP by APICS

General Manager of Warehousing at Columbian Logistics Network, Jim Gadziemski, has been re-certified as a Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) through the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS). Maintenance of the certification requires that designees complete 75 professional development points every 5 years. Those


American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS)

points can be earned through a combination of professional membership involvement, continuing education, presentations, publications and service to the operations management profession. APICS is a professional association that provides “provider of research, education and certification programs that elevate supply chain excellence, innovation and resilience.” The CSCP designation is widely recognized for it’s rigorous education standards and master of best practices.

“We very much support continuing education and professional development which help employees carry out our mission  to provide best in class logistics solutions for our customers,” States COO Bob Christian.

If you would like to learn more about the APIC CSCP designation, visit their website here: