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“Supply Chain Management: Beyond the Horizon” is an industry-focused initiative with research and educational components. The research was conducted by Michigan State University in conjunction with APICS.
Transportation Journal is an ASCM academic journal devoted to presenting new knowledge about the supply chain, logistics and transportation fields.
APICS, through a partnership with The Manufacturing Institute, explores how manufacturing and supply chain can attract, retain and advance women.
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Bill McDermott, the CEO at software giant SAP, has always thought big. As a high schooler, he seized the opportunity to buy a deli in his Long Island, New York, neighborhood. Aided by the encouragement of his family and his natural tenacity, he grew the business while finishing high school and college. ......Read More
Vietnam’s young and relatively inexpensive workforce, stable political structure, and long coastline with several deep ports make it an attractive location for manufacturers and suppliers. Rather than venturing farther into China, businesses are noticing that Vietnam offers cost controls, risk diversification, and access to new markets.
At American Woodmark Corporation, kitchen and bathroom cabinets are built to order using more than 500 product lines and while holding no finished goods inventory. The build process on an individual project starts only when an order is placed and processed, and each kitchen or bathroom cabinet is manufactured in sequence for delivery to the customer’s home. ......Read More
How many millions, perhaps trillions, of nanoparticles did you eat for breakfast? Are those electrons, photons, protons, and other bits of nanomatter still bumping around in your digestive system? Don’t worry; this happens every day without you even giving it a thought. Although most of you may not be worried about nanomatter and nanotechnology, physicists, chemists, biomedical scientists, engineers of all types, and others are working to make yet another disruptive technology more mainstream.......Read More
Recently, my students and I have been discussing the Sony hacker attack. I asked them to research the timeline of events, their effects, and how to prevent future incidents at Sony and other companies. Like most people their age, my students are locked co their smartphones and laptops and totally “wired in.” The first fact that struck them 'vas the slash-and-burn nature of the assault. The perpetrators were clearly interested in total destruction and embarrassment-and they achieved both goals, with a full half of the company's network annihilated. ......Read More
Those of us in supply chain and operations management recognize the challenges and opportunities that significantly influence how companies choose to respond to customer demand. Could it be that technological advances—3D printing, for example—now are making it possible to seriously consider mass customization?......Read More
The Beyond the Horizon research project investigates current supply chain practices and identifies what assets and tactics supply chain executives think will be required to compete. During the more than 50 in-depth interviews with hundreds of executives, one key discussion topic was what keeps them awake at night. ......Read More
When was the last time you used a pay phone? For that matter, when was the last time you even saw one? Public telephones are a thing of the past. Most people have a smartphone, which also acts as a camera, calendar, alarm clock, navigation system, and a host of other gadgets.......Read More
Although robotic technology has existed for decades, its true business value still is emerging. And that value has little to do with completely replacing human workers. ......Read More
Recently, I’ve been struck by the number of companies publicly discussing their aggressive new product development plans. General Motors has announced that its Cadillac branch will introduce about one new automobile per year for the next decade. Ford intends to rebuild its Lincoln division with a series of new cars.......Read More
Are we supply chain and operations management professionals experiencing a tectonic shift in how we execute our responsibilities? Will our approach to tackling challenges soon become obsolete?......Read More
Each year, more than 280 million metric tons of plastic are produced globally. This reflects a dramatic increase in production since the beginning of the last century, when this versatile material was first introduced.......Read More
There are about seven billion humans living today, and about one-third use the internet. However, the number of consumer products and devices in use is even greater. What if all these products, or even just a piece of them, were connected to the internet? That’s a lot of data.......Read More
Peter Thum is the founder and former president of Ethos Water, a company that gets clean water and sanitation services to families in developing countries. Mike Walsh is the CEO of consumer innovation lab Tomorrow and author of Futuretainment. ......Read More
It was only a few years ago that we heard the term “3D printing” for the very first time. The idea that an object could literally be printed into existence seemed far-fetched to say the least—much like something out of a science fiction movie. Skip ahead to today, and 3D printing has become a common topic of conversation, with the business implications of this controversial manufacturing tool suggestive of a significant and global impact.......Read More
Drone aircraft have been used by the military for several years to provide reconnaissance in rugged terrain and as weapons to strike specific targets. However, many organizations now are hoping to develop drone technology for business and humanitarian purposes.......Read More
There are three broad management approaches that companies use to respond to today’s increasingly challenging global supply chains: continuous improvement efforts; real-time information technology solutions; and enhanced collaboration, both on the front and back ends of the supply chain.......Read More
Jeremy Gutsche is founder of the crowdsourced trends website Trendhunter.com and author of the award-winning Exploiting Chaos. Here, Gutsche speaks on developing an opportunity-based culture, managing the effects of disruptive innovation, and focusing on your customer.
For almost 10 years, Drive India Enterprise Solutions Limited (DIESL), a TATA Enterprise, has helped company decision makers answer tough questions about operating in India. Here, DIESL Chief Financial Officer Behram Sabawala, talks about quality and strategic success.
The world has became smaller as the price of transportation, then communication, fell dramatically. Likewise, the competitive landscape—particularly with regard to operational capabilities—continues to change incredibly fast.
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