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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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  • Organic Food Firms Meet Demand with Creativity

      2015
    As consumers increasingly buy organic, the real challenge for them might be “finding organic” as organic food suppliers go to incredible lengths to secure their supply chains. ......Read More
  • Sneaking a Peek at Supply Chain’s Future

      2015
    Providing a glimpse of what the future holds for supply chain and operations management, the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics last week hosted its 11th annual Crossroads Conference.......Read More
  • Learning About and Addressing the Gender Gap

      2015
    Last night, APICS and the APICS Supply Chain Council were proud to support the 2015 STEP Ahead Awards, an initiative by The Manufacturing Institute that honors women who have accomplished success within their companies and have proven to be leaders or emerging leaders in the manufacturing industries.......Read More
  • Enhancing Trade with Asia

      2015
    While US President Barack Obama fights for the authority to “fast track” trade agreements through Congress, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is first on his agenda.......Read More
  • Criminal Lessons?

      2015
    I often write about the great value strategic and well-managed supply chains bring to companies. That idea isn’t lost in the world of illicit business. Take, for example, this story from a 2013 edition of Quartz: “Move Over Tim Cook: The real face of global supply chains is a Mexican drug kingpin.”......Read More
  • Supply Chain via Crowdfunding?

      2015
    The Apple Watch isn’t the only game in town. According to a piece on Marketplace last week, Pebble Time might give Apple some stiff competition. If Pebble’s Kickstarter campaign is any indication, the leaders at Apple should be very worried—Pebble raised its first $1 million in 49 minutes. ......Read More
  • Identifying and Applying Game-Changing Technologies

      2015
    Earlier this month, Forbes focused on the technologies that will revolutionize manufacturing: mobile technologies and applications, big data analytics, and advanced robotics. ......Read More
  • Supply Chain Manager Rated Top Job

      2014
    What do sales engineers, software engineers, database administrators, and supply chain managers have in common? According to online career community Glassdoor, these are among the 25 best-paying high-demand jobs.......Read More
  • Cargo in Rough Seas as Labor Dispute Lingers

      2015
    Are they operational? Are they not? These are the questions on the minds of supply chain executives all over the world with regard to the ports up and down the West Coast of the United States. ......Read More
  • A New Kind of Hero

      2015
    Who is the real star of Apple’s record-breaking quarter? According to Business Insider, it’s Jeff Williams, the company’s senior vice president of operations.......Read More
  • Supporting Supply Chains of the Future

      2015
    First there was the Internet, then the Internet of Things, now there is the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).......Read More
  • Addressing the Training Gap

      2015
    Last week, US News & World Report featured an article highlighting the experiences of two apprentices learning how to manufacture gas and steam turbines for power plants. ......Read More
  • Glimpsing Auto Manufacturing’s Future

      2015
    While the Hollywood Foreign Press Association was bestowing its awards on some of the world’s biggest stars at Sunday’s Golden Globes, the stars of the automotive world were on display in Detroit during the North American International Auto Show.......Read More
  • 3-D Printing Your Supply Chain

      2014
    Very quickly, 3-D printers have gone from the stuff of science fiction to regular fixtures at universities and local libraries. This week, Wired magazine described how 3-D printers, which now manufacture plastic things like toys, instruments, and shoes, are capable of printing electronics, such as hearing aids.......Read More
  • Partner with APICS in 2015

      2015
    It’s the time of year when people across the world are making resolutions and declarations for 2015. Many of those pledges have to do with career aspirations, and with good reason. ......Read More
  • Thank You

      2014
    For 2014’s last issue of Supply Chain Management Now, I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your time and efforts on behalf of APICS and the APICS Supply Chain Council (APICS SCC).......Read More
  • Manufacturing Puts Its Foot on the Gas

      2014
    While individuals are appreciating the lower prices at the pumps when they fill up their gas tanks, US manufacturers face the situation with mixed emotions. This week, oil prices hit a five-year low at $58.50 a barrel.......Read More
  • The Headaches of e-Waste

      2014
    Chances are, you’ve accumulated a lot of electronic gadgets in the past few years. Old iPods, e-readers, obsolete computers, kitchen appliances, and the like tend to pile up and gather dust after a surprisingly short time. What do you do with all this waste? ......Read More
  • Making Supply Chain Instrumental

      2014
    Supply chain management is an essential part of business. Readers know that, but now all business leaders and decision makers need to invest efforts and resources into supply chains to enable success. ......Read More
  • Where’s the Turkey?

      2014
    Yesterday, people in the United States celebrated Thanksgiving, a holiday that usually includes a big meal with a turkey at its center. Yet, in the days leading up to the holiday at the Food Bank for New York City, there are only a few dozen turkeys left. ......Read More