About Us

Herbert C. Shields, CMC

       Consultant               Educator               Speaker               Writer

As President of HCS Consulting since 2000, Herb delivers bottom-line results for clients in purchasing and inventory management.

  • Reduced the cost of purchased materials and services by 20 – 40%
  • Improved inventory turns and customer service by 20 – 30%
  • Trained client personnel in purchasing and inventory management practices.

Satisfied clients include manufacturers and distributors in industrial products, rail equipment maintenance, dyes and pigments, personal care and household products, pharmaceuticals, and food products.


In the field of logistics education, Herb’s clients include the City Colleges of Chicago, the Chicago Public Schools, Northern Illinois University, the State of Illinois, Moraine Valley Community College, and the Warehousing Education and Research Council. His work includes:

  • Curriculum development
  • Teacher training
  • Customized lectures and written materials

Herb teaches Purchasing at the Illinois Institute of Technology and has lectured at IIT’s Graduate School of Business on the subject of inventory management. In addition, Herb has delivered numerous presentations and workshops to industry and professional associations.


Herb has 30+ years of experience as an operations executive in capital equipment, automotive, electrical machinery, and consumer products companies. As VP of Materials Management at Helene Curtis, Herb led the supply chain organization which helped the corporation win Vendor of the Year awards from Wal-Mart, Target, etc.

Herb has led global sourcing teams in a variety of commodity areas. He has traveled extensively in Europe and Asia for companies including Unilever and Danly Machine.

Professional Involvement

Herb has been designated as a Certified Management Consultant by the Institute of Management Consultants and serves on the Chicago chapter Board. He also serves on the Board of the Midwest Society of Professional Consultants. Herb is an Associate Member of Vistage, an international organization of CEO’s.

Herb serves on the Board of the Greater West Town Training Partnership, a not-for-profit organization providing industrial training to inner city people. Herb publishes his own e-newsletter and has been a contributing writer for many other publications.


Herb has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University and did graduate work in business at Bowling Green State University.