Supply Chain Challenges in a Not-So-Niche Small Business Environment  
Presented by:  Judy Bludworth, CPIM, CSCP, Chief Operating Officer, MWI, Inc.

Supply chain management is not just for large-company manufacturing!  Small businesses are often thought of as small, niche businesses, but small businesses are hardly insignificant to our economy as there are over 28 million U.S. small businesses according to the U.S. Small Business Administration.  The complexity of small business supply chains often produces supply chain challenges that are not-so-unique to small businesses. 

Presented by Judy Bludworth, Chief Operating Officer of MWI, Inc, this presentation will focus on the issues, quirks and benefits of applying supply chain principles and metrics to a wholesaler/distributor in the smoke shop accessory and adult novelty industries. 

Join APICS Los Angeles Chapter in an engaging and insightful look at:

  • Applying Lean metrics in a “entrepreneurial” industry
  • Customer satisfaction – what does it look like?
  • Sourcing challenges for small businesses
  • Warehousing/Distribution challenges… or, rather “Hey, It’s Not Your Garage!”
  • Positioning for the future of the smoke industry
  • Adult Novelties: “You wanna what?”

Join APICS Los Angeles Chapter for a look at this unique business sector.

Judy Bludworth has over 25 years of experience in accounting and purchasing and more than 12 years of managerial experience in small and mid-cap companies. Currently, as Chief Executive Officer for MWI in Houston, Texas, Judy manages the daily operations of an international smoke shop accessories wholesaler/distributor. While incorporating supply chain basics and fundamentals in a niche industry, Judy has driven the documentation, training and performance metric reviews in all areas of the business to drive increased productivity and profitable operations, including new cloud IMS/WMS system implementations. In her role as Purchasing Manager at Signal Corp’s Peek Systems Traffic Control in Houston and Florida Judy was instrumental in the transition of personnel, procedures and systems at the recently purchased Tualatin, Oregon location. At Frazer, Ltd, a manufacturer/converter for ambulances, Judy was responsible as Purchasing Manager to develop a purchasing department. Her role was expanded to manage the distribution and logistics requirements for the nationally recognized organization. From product development to end of life of retail product Judy was deeply involved in all aspects, sales, marketing, logistics, accounting and purchasing in several major regional chains. With these years of retail purchasing experience, domestic and international, Judy understands that supply chain fundamentals are not strictly designed for manufacturing. Currently holding both APICS CPIM and CSCP certifications, Judy is an active member on the APICS Los Angeles Chapter Board of Directors as Vice President of Finance. She is also a Chapter Instructor participating in the APICS Instructor Development Program.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016
Early Registration Deadline: 
Friday, February 5, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. PST
Buffet Only (light dinner)

6:00 p.m. Registration, Networking & Dinner
6:30-6:50 p.m. Business Meeting 7:00 p.m. Professional Presentation Starts 8:30 p.m. Raffle 8:45 p.m. Close of Meeting  


APICS Los Angeles Chapter Facility

370 Amapola, Suite 204

Torrance, CA 90501

(213) 444-3102

$35 - Pre-registered Non-members $25 - Pre-Registered Members $25 - Pre-Registered Affiliate Member (ISM/ASQ) $15 - Pre-Registered Full-time Student with ID $15 - Pre-Registered APICS Student Member $15 - Pre-Registered LAPICS Student Member $15 - Pre-Registered LAPICS Board Member $20 - Add to any Late Registration (registering after deadline noted)

Payment must be provided at time of registration. No-shows are billed. 

*Preregistered LAPICS Student Chapter members receive a full refund when attending event. Payment is refunded to PayPal account after event. You must belong to a LAPICS student chapter to qualify.