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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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  • Will London Take the Gold for Logistics?

    N/A 2012
    Today the Olympic torch arrives in London for the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremonies. The ceremonies themselves are shrouded in secrecy, but one UK newspaper reports the show will include 10,000 performers, 70 sheep, 12 horses, 10 chickens, and more.......Read More
  • Honoring Covey's Enduring Ideas

    N/A 2012
    This week we mourn the passing of a legend among business writers—Stephen R. Covey, author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. What Covey articulates in his writing usually is what we consider “soft skills,” but that doesn’t mean it is not important. ......Read More
  • SRM Takes Flight for Aircraft Manufacturers

    N/A 2012
    How can large, multinational corporations like Boeing and Airbus most effectively work with their suppliers, especially as suppliers’ challenges seem to swell? It's clear that supplier relationship management is an important, yet difficult, task. ......Read More
  • More Valuable than Gold

    N/A 2012
    Last week, the Drug Information Association (DIA) held its annual conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. One of the highlights was a special town hall session on supply chain security, which APICS staff had the opportunity to attend. ......Read More
  • Euro Economic Woes Spread Across Borders and Seas

    N/A 2012
    Chances are you and your company are dealing with reverberations from the euro zone debt crisis right now. This economic climate puts European suppliers at risk, creating uncertainty throughout the supply chain. ......Read More
  • Back to Inventory Basics

    N/A 2012
    Lowe’s is counting on new technologies, such as iPhones, to track inventory, improve customer service, and more. And an iPad app connects customers with goods, telling them where their desired product is and when it goes on sale.......Read More
  • Goldratt's Ideas Still Resonate

    N/A 2012
    This week, a Slate article highlights The Goal, by Eliyahu Goldratt, which proves that supply chain and operations management has gone mainstream. What is notable here is that now the general public can read about the theory of constraints. ......Read More
  • Manufacturing Growth Slows in India

    N/A 2012
    India’s economic growth rate slowed to 6.5 percent in 2011–2012, its slowest in nine years. One major factor to blame: The country’s manufacturing sector, which actually contracted in the last quarter. ......Read More
  • Canada's Rail Strike Will Impair Supply Chains

    N/A 2012
    Today, workers reported back after a weeklong strike at Canadian Pacific Railway. But while service will be back to normal in 48 hours, it could take weeks for the backup of materials to get where they need to go.......Read More
  • Real-World Optimism for Innovation

    N/A 2012
    We all want to make technology work for us in new and different ways. Where will most innovation soon take place? In social media or in traditional activities, including manufacturing? ......Read More
  • Preparing for the Third Industrial Revolution

    N/A 2012
    While you may doubt that 3D printing will directly influence your work life, this revolutionary technology promises short- and long-term changes to fundamental manufacturing ideas, such as lean, scheduling, capacity, setup, and prototyping. ......Read More
  • Manufacturing: Help Wanted

    N/A 0
    One sure sign of economic recovery is when companies struggle to fill open positions. Even as orders continue to go up, the pool of available, qualified workers stays at the same level. ......Read More
  • Turning the Cliché Around

    N/A 2012
    Offshoring for many people used to mean manufacturing jobs moving to China. However, Chinese labor isn’t cheap anymore, and businesspeople now more than ever must consider the total cost of ownership.......Read More
  • Nylon 12 Shortage Exposes Lean's Weaknesses

    N/A 2012
    Evonik makes 25 percent of the world's supply of Nylon 12. It also provides the necessary chemical building block to other makers of the resin. But after an explosion last month, a Nylon 12 shortage is threatening car manufacturing in a big way. ......Read More
  • Business Turnaround

    N/A 2012
    Combing through the news this week, I observed a theme. “Sony’s New CEO Vows to ‘Revive’ Company” appeared in theWall Street Journal [subscription needed]. “Best Buy Should Act Urgently to Repair Company,” was a headline on the MSNBC web site. Best Buy and Sony are at a crossroads. These once-venerable businesses are struggling to capture customers. ......Read More
  • Building In Response to Demand

    N/A 2012
    While Caterpillar once misjudged the scope of the recession, shrinking to ensure long-term survival, the company now "is emerging as the poster child for America's manufacturing renaissance."......Read More
  • CEO Scrutinizing Apple's Supply Chain

    N/A 2012
    Apple CEO Timothy Cook is using his supply chain and operations management expertise to address alarm about how Apple products are made. According to Sunday’s New York Times, Cook toured Foxconn, a Chinese manufacturer of Apple products, and a day later, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) condemned long work hours and low wages at Foxconn factories.......Read More
  • Robots Take Over the World

    N/A 0
    Earlier this month, Amazon paid $775 million for Kiva Systems, a technology firm that pairs mobile robots with automation and fulfillment software. According to a recent Forbes article, the acquisition is a logical step for Amazon.......Read More
  • A Well-Crafted Combination of Assets Helps Manufacturers Thrive

    N/A 2012
    Despite the job numbers, well-known publications and local newspapers alike are highlighting a manufacturing renaissance in the United States, and they are crediting technology, exports, and lean, among other things. ......Read More
  • In China, Labor Isn't What It Used to Be ... Cheap

    N/A 2012
    Costs are rising in the China due to increasing land prices, environmental and safety regulations, taxes, and labor expenses. These days, work in other locations, such as Vietnam, can cost up to 30 percent less. ......Read More