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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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  • Misunderstanding Career Potential

      2014
    Where are America’s middle-class jobs? That’s the question coming from business leaders, politicians, and workers alike. Yet, in major media outlets and, even here in Supply Chain Management Now, the news touts the potential of manufacturing. ......Read More
  • The Fabric of Business

      2014
    Last week, we looked at the devastation wrought by the Ebola virus and how humanitarian workers use supply chain and operations management principles and logistics to help people in need. This week’s article, on the other hand, is a bit more uplifting, as it shows the potential of innovation to create jobs and deal with other problems in developing countries.......Read More
  • Effective Supply Chains Essential in Any Crisis

      2014
    Turn to any national news program or newspaper, and it is filled with information about Ebola, the virus that has killed nearly 5,000 people and infected more than 13,000 in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.......Read More
  • Port Bottleneck Could Jeopardize Holiday Sales

      2014
    Tomorrow the frightening masks, bloody makeup, and yummy Halloween candy will get packed away and sold off at US retailers to make room for holiday items, but the scary story here might be the lack of items to put on store shelves.......Read More
  • Thinking Innovatively: News from APICS 2014

      2014
    Innovation is about being future-focused. That was the message from Mike Walsh, CEO of Tomorrow and author of Futuretainment. Walsh delivered the first general session at APICS 2014 in New Orleans, and he kicked off a conference full of great ideas and useful content.......Read More
  • Confronting Risk in Your Online Networks

      2014
    Sunday’s Washington Post included an article urging readers to consider the strong relationship between cybersecurity and supply chains. “Cyber technology increasingly pervades the end-to-end production and distribution of goods,” writes Sandor Boyson, a research professor and codirector of the Supply Chain Management Center at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.......Read More
  • Is the Party Over? Development Through Industrialization

      2014
    The rise of the Chinese economy has been rapid and visible to the rest of the world. This week, the Economist focuses on how the Chinese model of development—offering lots of labor at low cost to foreign manufacturers is no longer sustainable.......Read More
  • Don’t Drown in Your Big Data

      2014
    Big data, analytics, and business informatics: There are as many myths about them as there are opportunities, and it’s enough to make you want to throw up your hands and work on something else. ......Read More
  • Supply Chains for Small Business

      2014
    Small businesses are a vital part of the current global economy, as the following statistics clearly illustrate. First, according to the US Small Business Administration, there are almost 28 million small businesses in the United States.......Read More
  • Crowdfunding Is Complicated

      2014
    When crowdfunding websites first came into the public eye about five years ago, I marveled at the array of gadgets and other products promised by people on Kickstarter and Indiegogo, to name just two of the most successful platforms. ......Read More
  • Women in Leadership

      2014
    Gender bias still exists. That’s the fact presented and analyzed by Bentley University President Gloria Larson in the latest issue of Entrepreneur magazine. ......Read More
  • Applying What We Know

      2014
    Transparency, auditing, data security, and training: These are the themes that dominate risk management literature and education. Yet, many of us in supply chain and operations management are still left wondering how to address risk. ......Read More
  • The Supply Chain Gender Gap

      2014
    Last December, when General Motors named Mary Barra its new chief executive, we at APICS celebrated the decision not only as a victory for women in C-level roles, but also for supply chain, as Barra headed this area in her former position. ......Read More
  • Dissecting the Skills Gap

      2014
    There’s a skills gap. At least, that’s what I keep reading in every major news outlet and business publication. The US Chamber of Commerce and several consulting firms have underscored the impact the skills gap is having on the economy. ......Read More
  • Playing Nice with Suppliers

      2014
    Are suppliers treated as partners in meeting the goal of delivering products and services to customers at the right time and the right price? Or are they just another resource to be squeezed?......Read More
  • Printing and Delivering the Future

      2014
    You can’t read business news today without stumbling upon an article about the value 3D printing brings manufacturers. It’s clear why Amazon has announced its entry into the 3D printing space: The company constantly seeks to reduce shipping times. ......Read More
  • Meals on Wheels Coming Straight to Your Door

      2014
    Founders of new businesses often struggle to balance their good ideas with business fundamentals. In “Meal-Delivery Startups Look for Winning Recipe,” the Wall Street Journal outlines the business and supply chain acumen necessary to win in the weeknight dinner delivery market.......Read More
  • Coffee’s Own Farm to Table

      2014
    Can’t start your day without a cup of joe? It might take you two cups to think through the complexities of the coffee supply chain. It turns out rethinking the coffee supply chain could boost coffee farmers’ income 400 percent.......Read More
  • The Risks of Almond Growing

      2014
    People are eating a lot of almonds, and California is providing 80 percent of the world’s yield. In fact, the US Department of Agriculture estimates that California farmers are on track to harvest a record 2.1 billion pounds of almonds this year. That’s not all good news, according to this week’s Mother Jones.......Read More
  • Kicking Production into Gear with Technology

      2014
    Soccer (football) enthusiasts around the world will huddle up around televisions Sunday for the World Cup final match between Germany and Argentina. Where do these soccer balls come from? Sialkot, Pakistan, it turns out, is where 40 percent of the world’s soccer balls are produced.......Read More