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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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  • Supply Chain Strengthens Kraft Heinz Bottom Line

    Feb 16, 2018
    As my kids have gotten older, I have started worrying less about what they are packing for lunch, and more generally about how they are living (or will soon live) on their own.
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  • Using Data to Empower Sustainability Programs

    Feb 09, 2018
    Supply chain professionals know that the answers to many questions lie in the data. Of course, the first step is to collect the data needed for analyses. A recent article in GreenBiz highlights how large-appliance manufacturer Whirlpool implemented a data collection and management initiative that ultimately helped the company.
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  • Manpower Still Essential for Auto Industry

    Feb 02, 2018
    In movies, on television shows and even in the news, robots sometimes are portrayed as the enemy of the worker because they threaten to take away people’s jobs. In the auto industry, however, this is proving to be untrue, as large manufacturers opt to balance the work of both humans and robots on their assembly lines.
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  • Blockchain ETFs Hit the Stock Market

    Jan 26, 2018
    After blockchain technology has proved its use in a variety of fields and industries, the digital ledger has officially secured its place in the financial markets. Two exchange-traded funds (ETFs) focused on blockchain technology launched last week to help investors take advantage of the digital platform’s popularity and growth.
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  • Rent Your Next Manufacturing Innovation

    Jan 19, 2018
    UI Lab’s Digital Manufacturing Design & Innovation Institute helps small and large manufacturers with innovation and manufacturing excellence.
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  • Cars Drive India’s Manufacturing Growth

    Jan 12, 2018
    India grew its automotive industry to the 6th largest in the world through manufacturing strategy and investments by Ford, Toyota, Honda and others.
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  • More Lessons from Apple: iPhone X Logistics

    Jan 05, 2018
    Apple’s exemplary supply chain is a model in the tech industry. But when it released the iPhone X shortly before the 2017 holiday buying season, its logistics functions became paramount. According to a recent Forbes article, Apple exerted great effort to ensure estimated delivery dates were met or exceeded.
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  • Eight Things Every Woman in Supply Chain Needs to Know

    Dec 22, 2017
    For this week’s issue, I’ve invited Jennifer Proctor, APICS director of publications, to write a piece derived from the first APICS Women in Supply Chain Forum, held earlier this year at APICS 2017.
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  • When Inventory Really Counts

    Dec 15, 2017
    Brands such as Michael Kors, Polo, Kate Spade and others want to “win” Christmas. Bloomberg’s Stephanie Hoi-Nga Wong wrote about how they might do that in “Christmas Becomes Inventory War Game for U.S. Fashion Brands.”
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  • When Quality Control Turns Scandalous

    Dec 08, 2017
    Japan is dealing with another scandal tarnishing its reputation for quality. Toray Industries announced last week that one of its subsidiaries had faked quality data on its textiles. The Wall Street Journal reports that Toray joins Nissan Motor Co. and Kobe Steel in their quality scandal woes.
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  • Creating Seamless Retail and Online Shopping Experiences

    Dec 01, 2017
    The other day, while driving through a suburban neighborhood, I saw an abandoned shopping cart on the street. It stood out for a couple of reasons. First, there weren’t any nearby stores, from which this one could have strayed. Second, it was creating a little traffic jam on a normally quiet street.
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  • Using Blockchain on Turkeys

    Nov 24, 2017
    Yesterday was Thanksgiving in the United States, and to celebrate many families around the country enjoyed a feast, which almost certainly included turkey.
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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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