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ASCM Impact

ASCM Impact gives exclusive commentary from ASCM CEO Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, CPA, CAE. This weekly e-newsletter offers insights into current events and supply chain, logistics and operations management topics.

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  • Spacious Potential in the Sharing Economy

    Feb 22, 2019
    Although only 19 percent of U.S. adults have engaged in a sharing-economy transaction, PwC research reveals that 83 percent of survey respondents believe these services make life more convenient and efficient, 76 percent say they are better for the environment, and 43 percent admit that owning things can feel like a burden.
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  • Conversation Stoppers

    Feb 15, 2019
    Although the second-most popular Valentine’s Day confection was missing from store shelves this season, the conversation was kept alive — largely thanks to agile competitors who saw a market need and filled the emotional void with comparable offerings.
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  • Indian Regulations Rain on Amazon and Walmart’s E-Commerce Parade

    Feb 08, 2019
    New regulations from the world’s fastest growing economy have undermined retailers’ business models and obstructed their sales in India’s burgeoning e-commerce sector.
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  • Climate Change Disruptors on the Rise

    Feb 01, 2019
    When we talk about extreme weather statistics such as these, they are typically followed by warnings of disastrous sea levels, catastrophic Arctic ice decline, and life-threatening floods or hurricanes. “Not enough water to make Coke” and “sweltering Disney theme parks” do seem to pale in comparison. However, a recent Bloomberg article suggests that climate change will have a business impact that is devastating in its own way.
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  • Check Out Our Transformation

    Jan 25, 2019
    For months now, our dedicated board of directors, enthusiastic volunteers across the globe and talented staff have been working toward an exciting business transformation. I couldn’t be more excited to share with you that, as of January 22, we have officially become the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM).
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  • Lighthouse Factories Are Shining Examples for Supply Chains Everywhere

    Jan 18, 2019
    Last year, the World Economic Forum vetted 1,000 manufacturers, eventually selecting the “lighthouses.” These advanced factories weather the storm with quick-thinking teams, the fastest shop-floor innovation and effective maximization of fourth-industrial-revolution technologies.
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  • Eradicating Modern-Day Slavery in Supply Chains

    Jan 11, 2019
    Here in the States, today is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day — a time when we recommit ourselves to ending modern-day slavery and exploitation. Although regulations on human trafficking are tightening, millions of people continue to suffer in every region of the world.
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  • Manufacturing Platforms and the Connected Factories of the Future

    Jan 04, 2019
    The digital factory boom that many industry experts are predicting — which will be built upon advanced supply chain planning, monitoring, optimization, control and integration — will undoubtedly hinge on smart manufacturing platforms.
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  • New Year, New Association

    Dec 28, 2018
    2018 is just about in the books. With the New Year come new challenges, so we position ourselves to greet 2019 with confidence and positivity.
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  • Embracing the IOT

    Dec 21, 2018
    We keep hearing about the potential of the Internet of Things (IOT), but how will it help supply chain professionals specifically? Last week, Industrial Distribution ran “Improving Process Flows in the Delivery System through the Internet of Things,” which outlines the practical applications of IOT.
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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, JD.com Test First Automated Warehouse

    Nov 09, 2018
    Automation startup Mujin has partnered with JD.com 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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