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A growing number of logistics, transportation and distribution companies have begun using blockchains to solve transaction-related headaches. Perhaps the biggest advantage of the technology is that no one company has control of all the data. Rather, all parties contribute to the chain of information in real time, so the need for reconciliation of each other’s internal records is removed.......Read More
Every supply chain function, process and system must be involved in the race to unlock the benefits of digitization. As this rapid disruption continues to displace traditional networks, the digital exhaust that is engulfing the sector, coupled with an ongoing data deluge, is affecting all supply chain elements and forcing organization leaders to rethink how they do business.......Read More
In 2017, APICS magazine has been focusing on the rise of supply chain by exploring the trends that influence how it is managed and leveraged as a strategic corporate asset. Increasingly, customers are demanding more information about both the products they buy and the companies that make them. Supply chain transparency has long been an operational goal, as lack of visibility into partners and practices can negatively affect sales. As such, keeping up with the latest developments — whether related to consumer sentiment or how advanced technologies can increase transparency — is a new job requirement for supply chain professionals.......Read More
The face of manufacturing has evolved over the course of centuries from the days of handmade goods to the adoption of water- and steam-powered machines, the invention of mass production, the introduction of electronic automation, and now beyond. Companies that have not kept up with these industry transitions throughout the years often have been forced to close their doors. The ones that evolve survive and thrive. ......Read More
For centuries, goods including food, clothing, houses and weaponry were manufactured by hand or with the help of work animals. By the beginning of the 19th century, though, manufacturing began to change dramatically with the introduction of Industry 1.0, and operations rapidly developed from there. Here is an overview of that evolution.......Read More
As 3D printing continues its shift from prototyping tool to an actual means of production, forward thinking manufacturers are looking for ways to incorporate the technology into their workflows. Doing so requires software and management solutions that can handle a wide variety of 3D printing processes. ......Read More
According to the APICS Dictionary, 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is “the process of layering materials to make products and components using computer data.” 3D printing begins with a virtual model — typically made using computer aided design or a 3D scanner — of the object that is going to be produced.......Read More
As this department continues its exploration of The Rise — a strategic framework based on future-casting — this article delves into the rise of technological autonomy and intelligence and the rise of data. In the 2015 McKinsey article “Manufacturing’s Next Act,” Cornelius Baur and Dominick Wee explain that Industry 4.0 is the next phase in the digitization of the manufacturing sector.......Read More
White Plains, New York-based personal care company Combe is fresh off the battlefield of the recent launch of its first consumer-facing omnichannel portal for the Just for Men hair care product line. The following case study highlights the major challenges, strategies and lessons learned, particularly with regard to the company's S&OP process.......Read More
For thousands of years, technology evolved at a snail’s pace. Generation after generation lived essentially as their parents did, and, when innovation did occur, the rate of adoption depended on the speed of your horse. However, since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, we have jumped from a technology curve that was somewhat linear in nature to one that is on an exponential upswing.......Read More
This department focuses on the future of supply chain and APICS’s use of futurecasting to develop an ongoing strategic framework, called The Rise. By studying these factors, industry professionals begin to see where the workforce intersects with supply chain’s future. Unquestionably, meeting the needs of both the young and the elderly as well as women—as both professionals and consumers—will be crucial.......Read More
I keep hearing more and more about blockchains becoming part of supply chain management practice. What are they, and where do they fit?......Read More
Trade routes between Asia and Europe date back at least 3,000 years. At that time, the center of civilization was in Mesopotamia, an area between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers that roughly corresponds to modern-day Iraq, Kuwait, eastern Syria, southeastern Turkey, and regions along the Turkish-Syrian and Iran-Iraq borders (Mark 2014). These routes, known as the Silk Routes—because they moved silk from China to other parts of Eurasia—thrived during some periods but, at other times, were blocked or destroyed by invaders. Now, centuries later, China is looking to rebuild the routes to improve international trade.......Read More
In the last two centuries, planes, trains, and commercial trucks changed the distribution industry and improved the way goods are transported. Now, a new era of innovation is ushering in a second generation of these delivery vehicles, namely drones, hyperloops, and automated trucks. ......Read More
Although drones, hyperloops, and automated trucks each have the ability to improve the distribution industry on their own, they also can make contributions when combined with each other and other modes of distribution into innovative systems.......Read More
In the January/February 2016 department about the future of supply chain management, I wrote about how APICS used future-casting to develop an ongoing strategic framework, which APICS leaders call The Rise. In this and future magazine issues, I will dig deeper into the rise of supply chain and how it corresponds with other factors.......Read More
As a supply chain manager, wouldn’t you like to know everything about your products’ histories, including the origin of individual materials at the mine or farm, who fabricated or assembled each item, how and when the products were transported, who approved or certified their quality, and dozens of other bits of information? Of course you would. But most companies have too many products, and most supply chains are too complex, to track completely and with 100 percent certainty.......Read More
Do you long for the good old days when you could employ more workers? Do you wish to go back to a time when people could spend their days on assembly lines and earn enough money to provide for their families? It’s true that many manufacturing jobs have become automated or even vanished altogether. Products are still getting made—just with significantly fewer workers.......Read More
The Panama Canal opened in 1914 after decades of deadly struggle between humans and nature. The French first attempted to build it but gave up after eight years of torrential rains, mudslides, engineering mistakes, and mosquitoes carrying yellow fever. Americans then took over the project—first getting rid of the mosquitoes and next using state-of-the-art engineering and earth-moving equipment to finish the job. The fact that the canal operated for a century without major modification is a testament to the skill and foresight of its creators (McCullough 1978).......Read More
Former US President Dwight D. Eisenhower once gave this great advice: Plans are worthless, but planning is everything. The same can be said for production schedules and production scheduling. No matter how they are derived, production schedules will almost never play out as planned. Nevertheless, scheduling is an essential tool for managing the flow of work and completing jobs on time. Production schedules provide visibility and direction to the plant floor, supporting resources, materials, and much more. Let’s take a brief look at the most common scheduling approaches.......Read More
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