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For 2014’s last issue of Supply Chain Management Now, I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your time and efforts on behalf of APICS and the APICS Supply Chain Council (APICS SCC).......Read More
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Supply chain management is an essential part of business. Readers know that, but now all business leaders and decision makers need to invest efforts and resources into supply chains to enable success. ......Read More
Yesterday, people in the United States celebrated Thanksgiving, a holiday that usually includes a big meal with a turkey at its center. Yet, in the days leading up to the holiday at the Food Bank for New York City, there are only a few dozen turkeys left. ......Read More
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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