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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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  • Realizing the Benefits of Trust

    Nov 13, 2015
    Supply chain is about more than products; it’s about people. Therefore, it’s no surprise that effective supply chains encompass professionals who collaborate. Forbes highlighted that kind of successful collaboration this week in an article outlining Alcoa’s innovation in providing materials for customers Pratt & Whitney and Ford.
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  • Enabling Transparency through Technology

    Nov 06, 2015
    Last week, GreenBiz highlighted an issue that is gaining attention throughout organizations including APICS—supply chain transparency. Dedication to supply chain transparency can lower risk exposure and maximize supply chain’s impact to the organization’s bottom line.
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  • From Manual Counting to Smart Tracking

    Oct 30, 2015
    Radio-frequency identification (RFID) systems have been used in factories, warehouses, and retail locations for inventory management for years, and now hospitals are starting to pick up the technology as well. With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, hospital leaders are looking to add services but constrain costs, according to a recent article in The Wall Street Journal.
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  • Where’s Your Next Market?

    Oct 23, 2015
    In the past two years, Ford, Toyota, and Holden have announced they would stop making cars in Australia by 2017. Last week, The Sydney Morning Herald closely examined what that means for Australian suppliers and manufacturing employees.
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  • TPP: Significantly Changing Global Trade

    Oct 16, 2015
    Last week, 12 nations reached an agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which is aimed at lowering trade barriers to goods and services and establishing enforceable rules related to labor and the environment. In short, it’s the world’s largest free-trade agreement, with member countries accounting for 40 percent of the world’s economic output.
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  • Meeting and Exceeding Supply Chain Expectations

    Oct 09, 2015
    Upon returning from APICS 2015 in Las Vegas, I have time to reflect on the excellent speakers I heard (and interviewed), motivated people I met, and invigorating conversations I had. APICS was proud to welcome Jack Welch, legendary management expert and best-selling author, to the stage for the conference’s opening general session.
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  • Preparing for a Rainy Day

    Oct 02, 2015
    In the last 50 years, major financial quakes have occurred every seven years, on average, according to The Wall Street Journal. And, in case you’re doing the math, the last major financial downturn, which was in October 2008, was seven years ago.
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  • Fahrvergnügen: VW’s Actions More Farfromhonest

    Sep 25, 2015
    This week, the news is filled with damning headlines for Wolfsburg, Germany-based automaker Volkswagen. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) alleged last Friday that the company had programmed its software on its diesel vehicles made between 2008 and 2015 to “trick” emissions testing regulators.
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  • Becoming a Good Manager

    Sep 18, 2015
    At APICS, we spend a lot of time talking about industry-specific knowledge and principles, but there are other factors that contribute to the success of individuals. One example is management and what it takes to be a successful leader. This week, theHarvard Business Review featured an article by Carol A. Walker titled “New Managers Need a Philosophy about How They’ll Lead.”
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  • View from the Passenger Seat

    Sep 11, 2015
    Self-driving cars aren’t only a pipedream for the future; Google is testing them right now in Austin, Texas, and Mountain View, California. Aiming to introduce its self-driving cars by 2020, Google began experimenting with its souped-up Lexus sport utility vehicle this July in Austin with no accidents thus far.
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  • Keeping Production Goals Grounded

    Sep 04, 2015
    Recent news about Boeing’s supplier snag haven give me, and I hope many of you, a reality check about supply chain goals. The major aerospace manufacturer set a lofty goal of expanding production of its 737 Max jetliner from less than one a month to 52 planes a month by the end of the decade, an unprecedented ramp-up.
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  • Inspiring Women in Technology

    Aug 28, 2015
    Many women in supply chain have expressed to me the unique challenges they face in the profession. Their situations are not unlike those that female engineers encounter, which were described in a Fortune Insider commentary by Erin Brooks.
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  • Chinese Logistics Problems Continue After Tianjin Blast

    Aug 21, 2015
    Not only have last week’s portside warehouse explosions in Tianjin, China, created persistent logistics challenges, but news reports now are suggesting that at least two other hazardous chemical facilities were operating in the area in violation of government regulations, posing more potential risks for residents and business operations in the area, The Guardian reports.
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  • The Digital Paper Trail

    Aug 14, 2015
    As various recalls, raw material sourcing problems, and worker rights issues have shown us, traceability continues to be an important and even highly desired aspect of supply chain. However, we know that keeping track of every aspect of the supply chain can be challenging.
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  • Incorporating Financial Management

    Aug 07, 2015
    When I first started this newsletter in 2008, it was the height of the recession. As I talked to people in the APICS community, I learned how critical supply chain and operations management were becoming to business leaders and executives as they sought answers to some very dire challenges. This newsletter was—and continues to be—a tool to help supply chain and operations management professionals understand their crucial role in overall business and economic health.
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  • In India, Scotch is on the Rocks

    Jul 31, 2015
    Leaders at United Sprits Limited (USL), in which Diageo has a majority stake, want to get more liquor into the hands of consumers in India—a very attractive market. According to The Economist, people in India drink liquor rather than beer or wine for two reasons.
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  • Clustering for Success

    Jul 24, 2015
    For this week’s post, I’m going to start at the end—at least the end of the article: “Global supply chain is a meaningless term,” says Harvard Business School Professor Gary P. Pisano in a Forbes article.
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  • Innovation Expands Rubber Supply Possibilities

    Jul 17, 2015
    What do wetsuits, gloves, angioplasty balloons, and car tires have in common? The answer: rubber. And although synthetic rubber can be manufactured, it’s not as strong as natural rubber. If you are on an airplane or riding in a car, you want the tires to be sturdy enough to do their job, which means they have to be made of at least 50 percent natural rubber.
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  • Providing Aid with Soda

    Jul 10, 2015
    Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop wants a Coke, not because she’s thirsty, but because her government is looking to partner with companies, such as The Coca-Cola Company, to distribute medical aid, The Guardian reported June 29.
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  • Farm to Fashion?

    Jul 03, 2015
    Apparently, people love cat videos—the most successful ones on YouTube get tens of millions of views. Now, Woolmark, a textile group, is presenting sheep videos to illustrate its idea of “farm to fashion,” giving viewers a “sheep’s eye” view of what happens on a wool farm.
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