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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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  • Last-Mile Delivery Apps Grow African Economies One Goat at a Time

    Dec 14, 2018
    As last-mile delivery companies like Uber Eats expand their reach around the globe, it seems like you can order just about anything right to your doorstep. In Africa, one last-mile delivery company has expanded its operations to deliver more than just prepared food.
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  • Trade Progress Could Reduce Tariffs, Increase Jobs

    Dec 07, 2018
    After months of trade challenges, world leaders recently made progress in complex negotiations.
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  • Deciphering Machine Learning Dilemmas

    Nov 30, 2018
    The essence of machine learning is teaching computer programs to act like humans. Yet, as more supply chain professionals realize the value of mirroring company assets with artificial intelligence, it’s also clear that considerable value lies in teaching computer programs to act like other machines.
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  • Track That Turkey

    Nov 23, 2018
    Consumers have increasing appetites for knowledge about where their food comes from. This Thanksgiving, major U.S. turkey brands served up additional details about the origins of their products thanks to the support of blockchain and other technologies.
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  • Implications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

    Nov 16, 2018
    An article earlier this week from The Wall Street Journal tells us we are in the midst of the next industrial revolution, the fourth of its kind. Mobile internet, automation and artificial intelligence are what’s fueling this revolution.
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  • Mujin, Test First Automated Warehouse

    Nov 09, 2018
    Automation startup Mujin has partnered with to create the world’s first automated warehouse.
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  • Four Things Every Supply Chain Needs

    Nov 07, 2018
    Bloomberg reported last month that Chinese spies had infiltrated at least 30 U.S. companies using a tiny microchip hidden on server motherboards. Here are four key supply chain aspects that will help you protect your business.
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  • Trade Wars

    Nov 02, 2018
    This week, The New York Times featured “Trump’s Trade War May Create New Auto Jobs. In China.” It’s an in-depth look at how foreign carmakers operating in the United States are weighing tariffs on their bottom lines.
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  • Innovation at Sherwin-Williams Never Rests

    Oct 26, 2018
    Paint manufacturer and retailer Sherwin-Williams credits kaizen, or continuous improvement, for their decades of success.
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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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