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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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  • Reformulating Products to Support Sustainability

    Apr 20, 2018
    British supermarket chain Iceland is making a bold sustainability move. The retailer is becoming the first major UK supermarket chain to stop using palm oil in its store-brand food products. It aims to accomplish this goal by the end of 2018, The Guardian reports.
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  • Celebrating and Encouraging Women in Supply Chain

    Apr 13, 2018
    Since 2012, The Manufacturing Institute has celebrated women in manufacturing with its STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Awards, which recognize women in manufacturing who exemplify leadership within their companies.
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  • Transitioning to Digital Supply Networks

    Apr 06, 2018
    With the advent of the fourth industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0, supply chain professionals are expected to embrace many new technologies — from artificial intelligence and robotics to predictive analytics and cloud computing.
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  • When Global Trade Gets Tough

    Mar 30, 2018
    U.S. leaders are levying new tariffs on Chinese imports and tightening restrictions on Chinese investments in U.S. technology, The Wall Street Journal reports. The efforts are an attempt to limit intellectual property theft and adjust a trade imbalance with China.
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  • Digital Assistants for Business

    Mar 23, 2018
    In just a few years, digital assistants have become common place in homes, with adults and kids asking alarm-clock-sized devices about the weather, their favorite songs and much more. This week, IBM announced its own take on the trend with Watson Assistant.
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  • Attempting to Define the Supply Chain Economy

    Mar 16, 2018
    Two Harvard Business Review contributors have pointed out that there is not yet a well-accepted definition of what industries fit into the supply chain economy. Along the same lines, there also is not a formal count of the number of jobs supply chain encompasses or a rating of those jobs.
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  • Reinforcing the Medical Supply Chain

    Mar 09, 2018
    Supply chain professionals know that in the medical industry, supply chain performance is critical to the health and wellness of individuals. This week, Wired’s Maryn McKenna uncovered the effects a “long, thin” supply chain has on the medical industry.
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  • Distribution Disruption Causes KFC Chicken Shortage

    Mar 02, 2018
    Last week, even the Colonel couldn’t help KFC restaurants in the United Kingdom. Approximately 800 of the 900 KFCs in the U.K. temporarily closed because of a chicken shortage, according to CNN Money.
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  • Turning Reverse Logistics into Profit

    Feb 23, 2018
    While retailers are still celebrating one of the strongest holiday buying seasons in recent years, the secondary retail market is now enjoying its own successful season. Once consumers take their unwanted items back to retailers, resellers and reverse logistics groups acquire those items to turn their own profits.
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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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