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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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  • Succeeding in the Global Economy

    N/A 2012
    It is impossible to survive a major economic trauma without the landscape shifting. However, the global economy is a dynamic thing. New ecosystems and networks have formed and are forming still.......Read More
  • A World View on Supply Chain and Procurement

    N/A 2012
    In some economies and businesses, procurement is just that—procurement. Logistics is logistics. However, as organizations grow in scope and complexity, their supply chain networks grow in scope and complexity as well. ......Read More
  • Supply Chain's Future

    N/A 2012
    According to McKinsey Global, the next manufacturing era will mean agile, networked enterprises employing professionals as strong in using information and analytics as they are in maximizing talent and machinery.......Read More
  • RGM: Return on Good Management

    N/A 2012
    Use of fundamental management principles—targets, incentives, and monitoring—indicate success or failure in businesses.......Read More
  • Investigating the Theory of Constraints

    N/A 2012
    Programs using the theory of constraints are bringing many changes to factories across the Indian automotive sector where Just-in-Time has failed. ......Read More
  • "Weak Recovery" Expected for Europe

    N/A 2012
    The European Commission announced its economic forecast, and things aren't looking rosy. The figures show significantly lowered expectations. ......Read More
  • Shining the Spotlight on Sandy's Heroes

    N/A 2012
    Amid the news of the damage and destruction from Hurricane Sandy, I am inspired by the stories of heroism that have come to light. ......Read More
  • Joining the Big Data Revolution

    N/A 2012
    I see the term “big data” more and more. But what is it, really? Are professionals already overloaded with data, or do they lack the detailed data they need to make informed supply chain decisions? ......Read More
  • Taking Customer Satisfaction to the Next Level

    N/A 2012
    An article posted Wednesday on the Harvard Business Review website describes a problem we should all pay attention to: demand and sales aren’t equivalent. “Sales don’t equal demand because consumers settle for less far more often than most realize,” writes Eddie Yoon, a principal at the Cambridge Group.......Read More
  • Making Your Mark

    N/A 2012
    The 2012 Chief Supply Chain Officer Report reveals that supply chain management increasingly has a more important and strategic role within successful organizations. It also sheds some interesting light on the effects of disruptions. ......Read More
  • Following the Thread: Traceability, RFID, and Big Data

    N/A 2012
    While professionals in supply chain and operations management have been talking about traceability and RFID for some time, it seems the general public now is also paying attention. ......Read More
  • Saying Goodbye to APICS Friend and Mentor J.R. Tony Arnold

    N/A 2012
    It is with great sadness that I write about the passing of author, educator, practitioner, and APICS volunteer J.R. Tony Arnold, CFPIM, CIRM, on September 21. ......Read More
  • Territory Disputes: Coming to a Factory Near You

    N/A 2012
    Last week the Japanese government bought the disputed East China Sea islands, known as Senkaku by Japan and Diaoyu by China, from a private Japanese owner. In China, the transaction prompted the worst anti-Japan demonstrations in decades. ......Read More
  • Politics and Talent Development

    N/A 2012
    For supply chain and operations management professionals, the Republican and Democratic national conventions provided a chance to evaluate speeches and party platforms through the lens of workforce development. ......Read More
  • Walking the Pharmaceutical Tight Rope

    N/A 2012
    Chinese drug companies faced questions four years ago after contaminated heparin, a blood-thinner, caused 149 deaths in the United States. However, it seems there are still Chinese manufacturers releasing questionable drugs into the market. ......Read More
  • Back to Inventory and Demand-Planning Basics

    N/A 2012
    China is swimming in excess cars, houses, plastic tubing, solar panels, bedsheets, and much, much more. It seems that Chinese manufacturers should be embracing the fundamentals of inventory management and supply and demand planning. ......Read More
  • The Highs and Lows of Social Media in Business

    N/A 2012
    According to a report by Deloitte and Forbes Insights, business leaders identify the global economic environment, government spending and budgets, regulatory changes, and social media as their most important risk sources for the next three years.......Read More
  • Gone, Gone, Gone

    N/A 2012
    The latest episode of HBO’s True Blood prominently features a supply chain risk management story line. It's clear that supply chain risk is making its way into popular culture.......Read More
  • New Threats in Supply Chain Risk Management

    N/A 2012
    Supply chain risk is everywhere. In 2011, outlaws stole about $1 billion worth of fuel from Mexico’s state-run oil company, Pemex. Meanwhile, in China, police seized about $182 million worth of fake drugs. ......Read More
  • European Autos: The Lean Option

    N/A 2012
    Recently released European sales figures for the first half of 2012 are dismal, reinforcing the severity of the euro-area crisis and the lackluster global economy. European automakers are facing the same tough choices as the American car industry in 2009.......Read More