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  • What Employees Want in a Boss

    • Abe Eshkenazi
    March/April 2017
    For years, professionals have been analyzing the characteristics of good bosses and inspiring leaders. Back in 2004, Peter Drucker wrote in Harvard Business Review that the best executives follow eight similar practices: They think about what needs to be done, consider what is best for the enterprise, develop action plans, take responsibility for decisions, encourage communication, focus on opportunities instead of problems, run productive meetings, and embody a team mentality. More than a decade later, that same publication is revealing another key trait.......Read More
  • Gets a New Look for 2017

    • Abe Eshkenazi
    January/February 2017
    The start of a new year is the perfect time to look back, identify your met and unmet goals, set some new ones, and start on a different or reinvigorated path for the next 12 months. Look at this time as a fresh start, and use it to propel yourself toward success this year.......Read More
  • Tapping into Military Veteran Talent

    • Abe Eshkenazi
    November/December 2016
    Each year on November 11, the United States celebrates Veterans Day, a public holiday honoring the efforts and sacrifices of former US military personnel. These brave men and women, like the troops serving their countries around the world, dedicated themselves to the work of protecting their country......Read More
  • Time to Deliver

    • Abe Eshkenazi
    September/October 2016
    This year, I am celebrating my 10th anniversary at APICS. The last decade has been a period of ever-increasing change. For example, 10 years ago, we were struggling to communicate the importance of supply chain management to realizing corporate goals. Today, companies recognize that supply chain strategy is at the very heart of corporate success.......Read More
  • Insights and Inspiration

    • Abe Eshkenazi
    May/June 2016
    Innovative research has been part of APICS’s value proposition for quite some time and has been accelerated by our merger with the APICS Supply Chain Council (SCC). Our efforts enable us to give our members cutting-edge insights into best practices and future trends. That is why we are excited to reveal the latest outcomes of our study with Michigan State University (MSU). Together, we’re investigating the trends that will influence the future of global supply chain management.......Read More
  • Peering into the Global Future

    • Abe Eshkenazi
    March/April 2016
    For Chinese supply chain professionals, 2016 is off to a turbulent start. Although the Chinese government continues to report overall growth, many experts say the nation is in a manufacturing recession. At the end of last year, its industrial production posted one of the weakest gains in the last quarter-century. Since then, the Chinese tin-producing industry, which has been one of the largest in the world, announced manufacturing cutbacks in late January. Chinese markets are in disarray, and near-term outlooks are less than optimistic as other Asian countries vie for shares of its production.......Read More
  • Starting the Transparency Conversation

    • Abe Eshkenazi
    January/February 2016
    While preparing for the interactive APICS 2015 World Café session, which focused on corporate social responsibility, the APICS team and I were motivated by the work of comedian and political commentator John Oliver. In an April 2015 episode of “Last Week Tonight,” Oliver looked at supply chain management in the fashion industry, shedding light on working conditions at some subcontractors around the world.......Read More
  • Opening Doors

    • Abe Eshkenazi
    September/October 2015
    Fortunately for those of us involved in research and professional education, humans tend to be naturally curious. Consider this quote from the inquisitive mind of Walt Disney: “We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious … and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”......Read More
  • Driving a New Partnership

    • Abe Eshkenazi
    July/August 2015
    Although summer often is a time of baseball, beach vacations, family barbecues, and more, this summer also is an exciting time for APICS, our members, and partners. I’m pleased to announce that the boards of directors of APICS and American Society of Transportation and Logistics (AST&L), as well as AST&L’s members, have approved an agreement through which AST&L will merge with APICS. ......Read More
  • Listening to a Legend

    • Abe Eshkenazi
    May/June 2015
    As we prepare for APICS 2015, October 5–7, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada, I am thrilled to announce that we will welcome Jack and Suzy Welch as general session speakers.......Read More
  • Developing Talent for Our Needs Today

    • Abe Eshkenazi
    March/April 2015
    Workforce development is a topic close to my heart, but also of growing interest among APICS leaders and volunteers. It’s not only about hiring qualified candidates for open posts.......Read More
  • Inspiring Organizations and Their People

    • Abe Eshkenazi
    January/February 2015
    With January and the dawn of a new year upon us, it’s a good opportunity to pause, reflect, and look forward to what’s ahead. Here at APICS, 2014 was a year of changes. ......Read More
  • APICS and SCC: A Winning Combination

    • Abe Eshkenazi
    September/October 2014
    Earlier this year, APICS and the Supply Chain Council (SCC) merged after a positive SCC member vote. The combination unites entities that were recently ranked #1 (APICS) and #2 (SCC) by SCM World. ......Read More
  • APICS, SCC Show Forward Thinking

    • Abe Eshkenazi
    July/August 2014
    In today’s dynamic market, standing still means falling behind. This is especially true in supply chain and operations management, where outmaneuvering competitors can mean the difference between a streamlined operation that delivers at the right time and price—or failure.......Read More
  • Who Are the People in Your Supply Chain?

    • Abe Eshkenazi
    May/June 2014
    Recently, in APICS Supply Chain Management Now, I highlighted a couple of sustainability-themed news articles back-to-back. However, these stories were not just about reducing waste, lowering emissions, or lessening transportation in your supply chain, which is what many first think about when sustainability comes to mind. Instead, these articles were about people.......Read More
  • Global Education

    • Abe Eshkenazi
    March/April 2014
    Today’s market continues to become more global. However, for much of APICS’s history, our association was largely centered around the United States. This was even reflected in our original name: the American Production and Inventory Control Society. ......Read More
  • Big-Time Supply Chain

    • Abe Eshkenazi
    January/February 2014
    It’s a good time to be a supply chain and operations management professional—or to learn how to become one. I see more and more examples of supply chain appearing in the mass media, and the message is overwhelmingly positive. ......Read More
  • A Focus on Supply Chain

    • Abe Eshkenazi
    September/October 2013
    People in our industry have many different perspectives, but we also share a lot in common. No matter where you are, education and knowledge are key to getting a job, and continuing education builds leaders and advances careers. ......Read More
  • Why I Volunteer

    • Abe Eshkenazi
    July/August 2013
    Even as supply chain and operations management achieves greater awareness, it faces new and emerging challenges. One area in particular that is critical to the future of the profession is that of workforce development and talent management. ......Read More
  • Building Global Supply Chain Talent

    • Abe Eshkenazi
    May/June 2013
    The new era of manufacturing will be marked by agile enterprises that use information the same way as talent. To make this vision a reality requires a high-quality, skilled workforce. ......Read More