PRLog - Aug. 6, 2014 - VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Aquilon Software, supplier of accounting, manufacturing and distribution software for SMBs, is bringing the latest thinking in manufacturing requirements planning (MRP) to Vancouver, providing a career boosting opportunity to supply chain and operational managers in the region. Leading Demand Driven MRP (DDMRP) expert Chad Smith will be delivering the first Certified Demand Driven Planner (CDDP) training and exam prep session in western Canada at the Delta Burnaby Hotel and Conference Centre September 16-17th, 2014.
Chad Smith, Co-founder, Demand Driven Institute
This comprehensive 2-day training will teach inventory planners, purchasing agents, and operational and supply chain managers how to optimize inventory, improve customer service and maximize revenue by applying the principles of demand driven MRP. An online exam taken at a later date allows trainees to qualify for the CDDP designation.
Results reported by early adopters are so significant that manufacturers are now seeking planners, buyers and operational managers who are qualified to apply these principles in their organizations. Manufacturers having adopted DDMRP range from giants like Unilever to mid-sized companies like Tube Forgings of America, LeTourneau Technologies, Oregon Freeze-Dry and Richmond, BC-based Avigilon (TSX: AVO).
Reza Bafandeh, Purchasing Manager at Vancouver-based Nutrabolics, is looking forward to the training session. Nutrabolics is a leader in nutritional supplements for athletes, and has a complex inventory with high quality standards for finished product.
Bafandeh has become a strong supporter of the DDMRP approach, saying: “In highly volatile consumer industries like ours, being able to react quickly to demand while maintaining innovation, efficiency and a high level of quality control, is a key factor to the success of any organization. He adds: “the CDDP offers a well-rounded educational package that not only helps organizations focus on cost savings through innovative planning and forecasting processes, but also helps improve customer satisfaction by maintaining a consistently high quality of service that contributes to competitive edge.”
Aquilon Software President Phil Patton agrees. Having worked on customer implementations of Enterprise Resource Planning and Material Requirements Planning for over two decades, his first impression of DDMRP was that it works. “It is simple and straightforward enough for people to understand,”
Patton also volunteers as Director of Education for the APICS (Association for Operations Management) Vancouver chapter and is instrumental in bringing relevant education programs into the region for its membership. These opportunities are open to the public as well.
The new CDDP certification program was created by the International Supply Chain Education Alliance (ISCEA), the internationally body for education and certification of Manufacturing and Service industry professionals worldwide. The upcoming Vancouver training and exam preparation is being given by Chad Smith, co-author of the 3rd edition of Orlicky’s MRP Handbook (2011), in which DDMRP principles were first fully articulated. The Sept 16-17th training offers a unique opportunity to learn from a world-renowned expert in a face-to-face setting. Seating is limited to 30 participants.