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APICS Supply Chain Management Now

APICS Supply Chain Management Now gives exclusive commentary from APICS CEO Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, CPA, CAE. This weekly e-newsletter offers insights into current events and supply chain, logistics and operations management topics and how they all relate to the APICS body of knowledge.

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  • Uncovering New Uses for Supply Chain Analytics

    Nov 17, 2017
    For supply chain professionals, much is made about utilizing data analytics to improve demand planning and forecasting. However, Deloitte reports that 35 percent of companies now use analytics to mitigate third-party supply chain fraud, waste and abuse, an increase from 25.2 percent in 2014.
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  • Brexit Continues to Create Confusion for EU and UK Firms

    Nov 10, 2017
    European Union businesses expect to contract less with U.K. suppliers and more with suppliers in their own market after Brexit. Earlier this week, The Guardian reported that British exporters could lose billions of pounds in business once Brexit is finalized. 
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  • Manufacturing’s Other Dimension — Digital Twins

    Nov 03, 2017
    Last week, Netflix released the second season of its popular sci-fi series “Stranger Things,” which explores mysteries related to scientific experiments, super natural forces and a parallel dimension. Netflix isn’t the only media outlet interested in other worlds.
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  • Preparing for the Robot Takeover … Or Not

    Oct 27, 2017
    There are many pundits running around saying that robots are going to take our jobs. That’s why an October 19 article in Futurism stands out with the title “Is Technology Really Going to Destroy More Jobs than Ever Before?”
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  • Applying Lessons from APICS 2017

    Oct 20, 2017
    “Don’t seek perfection. Seek balance. Seek consistence. Seek justice. Seek passion. Seek a cause for humanity, and your life shall have meaning.” These are the words of Derreck Kayongo, global humanitarian and a general session speaker at APICS 2017.
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  • Disruption Worries Could Hinder Your Business

    Oct 13, 2017
    Business journals and pundits everywhere you turn seem to promote disruption, warning that if you aren’t embracing it, you are dooming your organization. However, in a recent post on strategy + business, authors Paul Leinwand and Cesare Mainardi argue that acting too hastily or not at all are the real threats to your business.
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  • Protecting Consumer Health with Cold Chain

    Oct 06, 2017
    Maintaining temperature integrity and accurate product documentation can sometimes be a challenge for the logistics industry as products change hands and storage locations multiple times. However, these are important considerations that, in some cases, could have a significant impact on the end consumer’s health.
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  • Virtual Reality Creating Real-World Gains

    Sep 29, 2017
    A little story in The Wall Street Journal points to big innovations for aerospace manufacturing. Rolls-Royce, which makes airplane engines for Boeing and Airbus jetliners, is using virtual reality to test what the company calls the “world’s most powerful aerospace gearbox.”
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  • Supply Chain Safety Moves to Factories around the World

    Sep 22, 2017
    Increasingly, company leaders are working to improve the health and safety of employees throughout their supply chains.
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  • In the Wake of Natural Disasters, Logistics Proves Paramount

    Sep 15, 2017
    The recent devastation in North America due to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and an 8.2 magnitude earthquake in southern Mexico has created extreme logistical challenges as relief efforts continue and clean up begins.
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  • Supply Chain Leaders Become Societal Leaders

    Sep 08, 2017
    As supply chain leaders, you have the power and potential to make a difference in your organizations. Each day, you use your skills to ensure company efficiency and goal achievement, make educated decisions that help drive the business forward, and inspire your colleagues and direct reports.
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  • Supply Chain Responds to Hurricane Harvey

    Sep 01, 2017
    For the past week, U.S. weather news and supply chain news have been focused on Hurricane Harvey, a Category 4 storm that made landfall in southeast Texas last Friday night. The storm parked itself over the Houston area for five straight days and dumped more than 50 inches of rain before heading east to Louisiana on Wednesday, The
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  • Revealing Manufacturing’s Future

    Aug 25, 2017
    The state of manufacturing jobs in the United States is complicated. This idea was reinforced last week in The Washington Post’s article “Trump Tried to Save Their Jobs. These Workers Are Quitting Anyway.”
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  • Preparing for the New Age of Cyberrisk

    Aug 18, 2017
    Malware has crippled banks, railway systems and power companies, but the Associated Press (AP) reported last week that manufacturers increasingly are the victims of cyberattacks too.
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  • Building Sophisticated Supply Chains in India

    Aug 11, 2017
    In my discussions and travels, I often meet engineers who have become supply chain professionals. To me, that makes a lot of sense. I think engineers, like supply chain experts, seek to make sense out of what appears chaotic and complex. Ask anybody with global experience, and they will tell you that supply chains and manufacturing
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  • The Next Frontier for Robots: Picking

    Aug 04, 2017
    Warehouse automation systems have been around for a long time, but one task has eluded robots: picking. But that is about to change. The Wall Street Journal reports that robot developers, spurred by the growth in e-commerce, are working on robot systems that can retrieve items off the shelves and pack them for shipping.
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  • Bringing Innovation into Big Business

    Jul 28, 2017
    Innovation has been a buzz word in business for at least the last decade. Yet large companies still struggle to capture new ideas like those presented by startups and entrepreneurs. In the latest issue of Harvard Business Review, Bharat Kapoor, Kevin Nolan and Natarajan Venkatakrishnan outline how GE is aiming to seize some innovation magic through FirstBuild.
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  • Australia’s Fragile Energy Supply and Demand

    Jul 21, 2017
    Australia is the second-largest exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the world. However, in spite of its natural resource volume, the country is experiencing its own energy crisis, including frequent blackouts and a lack of domestic reserves. Last week, The Wall Street Journal described the country’s challenges in “How Energy-Rich Australia Exported Its Way into an Energy Crisis.”
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  • Food Brands Fighting to Find Winning Market-Share Formulas

    Jul 14, 2017
    It used to be that if you looked in any American pantry, you saw some quintessential items, such as Kellogg’s cereal, Campbell’s soup and Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. Now, if you open that door, you likely will see healthier, more natural alternatives and less-expensive store brands. Last week, The Wall Street Journal laid out the challenges being faced by big food brands in “So Long, Hamburger Helper: America’s Venerable Food Brands are Struggling.”
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  • Global Companies, Local Thinking

    Jul 07, 2017
    In today’s increasingly connected world, it almost seems that international trade could not be easier. Companies around the globe can conduct business via the internet, and transportation and logistics professionals ensure that products reach customers in an efficient and timely manner. However, some experts are saying that the modern market actually is not trending toward globalization but instead toward localization.
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