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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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  • Organizations Still Catching Up with Supply Chain’s Potential

    Oct 19, 2018
    A Deloitte study explores how executives view the supply chain as an innovative business function.
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  • The Hack: Keep Calm, Supply Chains Have Got You Covered

    Oct 12, 2018
    Bloomberg reported last week that Chinese spies had infiltrated at least 30 U.S. companies — including Amazon, Apple and others — using a tiny microchip hidden on server motherboards.
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  • Announcing ASCM

    Oct 05, 2018
    While APICS 2018 in Chicago may be over, we are just getting started. Sunday, we introduced the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM).
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  • Remodeling Factories into Distribution Centers

    Sep 28, 2018
    The U.S. economy has been shifting its efforts from manufacturing operations to logistics and distribution services. To accommodate this shift, commercial real estate developers are working to remodel unused manufacturing facilities into new hubs for logistics and distribution operations.
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  • Real Benefits from Digital Twins

    Sep 21, 2018
    The evolution and convergence of sensors, cloud services, big data and machine learning are enabling predictive maintenance — which helps determine when maintenance is needed — through the use of digital twins.
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  • Lego’s Search for Sustainable Bricks

    Sep 14, 2018
    Danish toymaker Lego is working to participate in this sustainability trend, but its challenges are much larger than those of other brands. It’s not just the company’s packaging that needs to change, but the material in its iconic toy blocks.
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  • Diversifying and Optimizing amid the US-China Tariff War

    Sep 07, 2018
    As a result of the tariff war between the United States and China, companies are looking to source manufactured goods from other Asian countries.
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  • Cobalt at a Cost

    Aug 31, 2018
    The high-tech comforts many of us enjoy today are made possible by cobalt, a metal commonly used in smartphones, computers, laptops, tablets and electric vehicles. The artisanal miners who extract and prepare the cobalt — many of whom are children — are among the poorest workers in the world.
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  • Planting the Seeds of Blockchain in Agribusiness

    Aug 24, 2018
    Governments, private investors and experts are noting that the agricultural trade industry is ripe for improvement with blockchain technology.
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  • Embracing the Power of AI

    Aug 17, 2018
    Artificial intelligence (AI) is poised to significantly improve supply chain planning, customer order management and inventory tracking. That makes some human supply chain professionals nervous. But, an article in Harvard Business Review reassures us that these experts will not become obsolete.
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  • Gap’s Rise from the Ashes

    Aug 10, 2018
    In 1871, the Great Chicago Fire offered an opportunity to rebuild and plan a city that was safer and more efficient than before. Chicago — APICS’s hometown — was reborn and subsequently experienced a building and population boom as the area was cleared and recreated.
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  • Supply Chain in the C-Suite

    Aug 03, 2018
    Earlier this year, Fortune reported that the number of women CEOs of Fortune 500 companies dropped from 32 — an all-time high — in 2017 to 24 in 2018. That’s a 25 percent decrease over the course of only one year. However, something important happened this week.
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  • Brexit’s Unknowns Present Challenges

    Jul 27, 2018
    British aerospace giants Airbus and Rolls-Royce are preparing for Britain’s departure from the EU – also known as Brexit. Reuters reports that as much as the big companies prepare, their business may suffer consequences resulting from their smaller supply chain partners.
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  • Packaging Tackles the Plastics Problem

    Jul 20, 2018
    As plastic products cause ecological problems, packaging companies need to rethink their materials choices and opt for more eco-friendly bioplastics.
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  • More Tariff Troubles for Manufacturers

    Jul 13, 2018
    A week ago, another round of U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports took effect. These taxes have been specifically designed not to affect consumer goods. Instead, the 25 percent import taxes on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods will affect American manufacturers either financially or by unraveling their global supply chains.
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  • U.K.’s Carbon Dioxide Shortage Creates Concern for Meat, Beer and Crumpet Supply

    Jul 06, 2018
    As people in the United States wind down from celebrating Independence Day — often with beer and meat – people in the United Kingdom may soon face a beer and meat shortage, due to a scarcity of carbon dioxide across the U.K.
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  • Training or Automation? The Secret to Increasing Productivity

    Jun 29, 2018
    Unemployment in the United States is below 4 percent, leading manufacturers to seriously consider automation because of the lack of skilled labor for positions.
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  • Supply Chain’s Future

    Jun 22, 2018
    The future of business and the overhaul of supply chain management currently is limited by legacy technologies, but soon will be transformed by digital technology.
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  • Technology leads to tail-spend savings

    Jun 15, 2018
    A recent report by McKinsey & Company details how digital solutions can help procurement specialists achieve some often-overlooked savings for tail spend.
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  • Lobster Logistics

    Jun 08, 2018
    With all the talk in our field about putting the customer first, I was surprised to read an article in which a company claims a different strategy. In the June 1 edition of, Stewart Lamont, from Tangier Lobster, says his priority is the health of his product, followed by the health and reliability of his logistics strategy.
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