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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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  • Talent Drought Leads to Career Opportunities

      2014
    Perhaps you’ve been fortunate enough to have people with the skills and knowledge necessary to lead your production and supply chain into the future. Or, if you’re facing the same challenges as many companies today, you’re finding it difficult to prepare for what one Harvard Business Review blog writer calls “the looming talent drought.”......Read More
  • Paying a Real Price for Risk

      2014
    Remember the uproar surrounding those see-through Lululemon yoga pants last year? This week, Stanford’s Graduate School of Business “Closer Look” series dug deeper and outlined the company’s “sheer debacle in risk management.” ......Read More
  • Patented Innovation

      2014
    Last week, the real patent news didn’t come from a tech giant at all—it came from Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, who announced the company would openly share its patent portfolio with the rest of the world.......Read More
  • Conflict in the Supply Chain

      2014
    After reading the headline, you may be thinking, “hmm, of course there’s conflict in the supply chain.” In this case, I am referring to conflict minerals, minerals sourced from areas such as those controlled by armed groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a topic I’ve covered here previously. ......Read More
  • Risk Remains Unrelenting Issue

      2014
    Interesting that the May 23 issue of CFO Magazine highlights supply chain risk, indicating that everyone in the C-suite is starting to pay attention to this important (and expensive) topic. ......Read More
  • Recognizing, Learning from Leaders

      2014
    Last week, I was in Phoenix for the Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference, where I heard the announcement of Gartner’s 2014 Supply Chain Top 25. The purpose of Gartner’s research initiative is to raise awareness of the supply chain discipline and how it impacts business—important for both Gartner and APICS. ......Read More
  • Knocking Down Silos Good for Business

      2014
    A new study out from the University of Tennessee (UT) and IBM underscores something many of you have known for a long time: Integrating purchasing and logistics improves business performance. The study also points out that many organizations don’t exploit this potential, instead keeping purchasing and logistics in separate silos.......Read More
  • Resilience and Risk

      2014
    What saves us from unavoidable risk? Resilience. At least that’s what Andrew Winston states in his Harvard Business Review blog network post “Why You Need a Resilience Strategy Now.”......Read More
  • Help Wanted: Capable Supply Chain Managers

      2014
    "Customer-focused, business-oriented, and innovative individuals sought. APICS certifications preferred. Very competitive pay. New graduates and experienced professionals welcome to apply." While the previous text is an imaginary advertisement, it’s the kind of thing we experience more than ever before. ......Read More
  • Supply Chain Council to Merge with APICS

      2014
    It’s my pleasure to tell you that this week, APICS announced that the boards of directors of both APICS and the Supply Chain Council (SCC) have approved an agreement under which SCC will merge with APICS. The agreement requires an SCC member vote for ratification, which we expect to be overwhelmingly supportive. While the two organizations have collaborated on a number of occasions, the merger brings together two of the most respected associations in the supply chain industry. Each organization has unique but complementary characteristics that when brought together create the premier global provider of supply chain research, education, and certification programs.......Read More
  • China's Supply Chain Economy

      2014
    First-quarter numbers are in, and China’s economy expanded 7.4 percent. The BBC reports this result is better than expected, but the figure is still down from 7.7 percent growth in the last quarter of 2013.......Read More
  • Supply Chain Leadership for Business Success

      2014
    You know supply chain functionality is important to the whole business, but do you know to what extent? Does your executive team? ......Read More
  • Millennial Potential

      2014
    There’s a lot of supposition about millennials in the business environment. It’s hard to know what’s fact and what’s fiction. This week, I ran across an interesting perspective in Forbes, “10 Things Millennial CEOs Will Reimagine in America,” by marketing guru Jeff Fromm.......Read More
  • Gender Balance to Create Opportunities

      2014
    It’s time. According to the Harvard Business Review blog network, women make the majority of consumer goods buying decisions; make up the majority of graduates from the world’s universities; and, if they are younger than 30, probably make more money than their male counterparts. So, it’s time to consider why women aren’t represented in business—especially at the executive level.......Read More
  • Where’s the (Sustainable) Beef?

      2014
    While my vegetarian friends may not think about this, I sometimes wonder where my beef comes from when I'm deciding between a burger and steak. While that decision isn’t complicated, defining “sustainable beef” is. ......Read More
  • Food Innovation’s Cream of the Cup

      20104
    It’s hard to deny the Greek yogurt trend. Go to the grocery store, and you’ll see aisles of the stuff. Turn on the television, and you’ll see every celebrity from John Stamos to Bobby Flay endorsing various Greek yogurt products. ......Read More
  • Eliminating Child Labor Essential but Not Easy

      2014
    Quartz outlines the complex issues associated with child labor in emerging markets in "What Happens When Apple Finds a Child Making Your iPhone." ......Read More
  • The Real Price of Chocolate

      2014
    Last week, CNN.com took a deep dive into the cocoa supply chain for its article “From Bean to Bar,” and what it uncovered was far from ideal. The Ivory Coast is one of the smaller countries in Africa, yet it produces more than one-third of the world’s cocoa.......Read More
  • APICS Ranks Number-One Supply Chain Association

      2014
    SCM World announced January 31 its Top 25—the top 10 associations for training and certifying supply chain professionals and top 15 universities for training practitioners of the future. Of course, I am thrilled APICS topped the list for associations. ......Read More
  • Applying Innovation to the Last-Mile Challenge

      2014
    Logistics remains an essential part of end-to-end supply chain management. This week Forbes focuses on the “last-mile challenge,” getting affordable products that provide essential value to billions of poor populations around the world.......Read More