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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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  • Getting Left Out in the Cold

    As many people in the United States continue to deal with snow and ice in what feels like an unending winter, the sentiment of Valentine’s Day may not be enough to keep homes warm and farms running. An ongoing propane shortage is making lives—and business operations—difficult.......Read More
  • Necessary Steps for Next-Shoring

    It's the new concept that got my attention to this January report from McKinsey & Company: "Next-shoring: A CEO's guide." ......Read More
  • Uncovering Big Data’s Magic

    January/February 2014
    Major news organizations spend a lot of time writing about Amazon—and they should. In 2012, the company made more than $60 billion in sales. Supply chain and operations management professionals also can learn from the innovations at this company.......Read More
  • Good Ideas to Inspire Your Own

    When was the last time you heard a great idea? Better yet, when is the last time you had a great idea? ......Read More
  • Job Prospects

    CNBC this week features a story focusing on manufacturing jobs left open, despite high numbers of unemployed workers, because managers can’t find workers with the skills needed.......Read More
  • What’s After NAFTA?

    This month, the United States, Mexico, and Canada celebrate the 20th anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and according to news sources from the Economist to NPR, there is reason to celebrate.......Read More
  • Supply Chain in the Year Ahead

    2014 likely will be the year that rewards supply chains that are sensitive enough to detect early change, nimble enough to respond swiftly to that change, and tough enough to endure shock and upset caused by change. ......Read More
  • The View from the Top

    At many companies, one major strategic goal is to surpass all competitors in the industry. But, what happens once this has been achieved? What do successful companies do to maintain their success?......Read More
  • Toy Manufacturing Isn't All Fun and Games

    The shortened holiday season is causing a rush for consumers and retailers, making it more difficult to predict and track buying patterns. Toymaker Lego requires very good data to supply its customers with the right products at the right time. ......Read More
  • GM Puts Woman in the Driver’s Seat

    As we begin to seriously consider execution of plans in the New Year, your business leaders might be examining the next big markets for your products and services. We, at APICS, also have to keep our eyes on these developments because we want to make sure our channels are evolving to provide education and certification where it is needed. Therefore, the Harvard Business Review Blog Network article on emerging markets caught the attention of the whole newsletter team.......Read More
  • What’s After BRICs?

    Executives still are investing heavily in Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (BRICs), but they also are pursuing other emerging markets, the so-called “next frontiers.” What is the reward for enduring the risk of expanding to new markets? ......Read More
  • Responding to a Crisis

    For those of us in the United States, it’s the day after Thanksgiving. I am inspired by an American Red Cross campaign that launched Tuesday. The organization urges people to give hope to others by giving something meaningful. ......Read More
  • Market Good for Supply Chain Professionals

    The Toronto region’s logistics and supply chain education programs are experiencing growth and touting jobs available to trained professionals. And it’s not just young professionals seeking supply chain education. ......Read More
  • Storm’s Destruction Leaves Extreme Need in Philippines

    It’s been a week since the devastating Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines. Relief efforts are strained by logistical challenges, including roads washed out by the storm.......Read More
  • Manufacturing's Present and Future

    Supply chain management has been a major driver of cheaper prices for manufactured goods in the past 30 years. Automation is another. Experts expect these trends in manufacturing’s advancement to continue. ......Read More
  • Carefully Considering Your Business Opportunities

    Amazon is known for its fast delivery, wide selection, and low prices enabled by its scale. Now, Amazon is starting to partner directly with manufacturers, going directly into their facilities to manage logistics and fulfillment of online orders.......Read More
  • Is Quality Still Job One?

    Ford’s purchasing chief admitted earlier this week that the number-two US automaker is facing quality questions as its suppliers work around the clock to meet the surge in demand. ......Read More
  • Pharmaceutical Forecasting Fails

    In the scientific journal Nature, a study on the pharmaceutical industry showed that consensus forecasts were often substantially wrong. More than 60 percent of forecasts were over or under by 40 percent of the actual peak revenues. ......Read More
  • Breakthroughs for Small Business

    Breakthrough technologies and new business models may be making the current business environment quite good for small businesses. How do we train supply chain and operations management professionals for this new world?......Read More
  • Supply Chain Risk in an Unstable World

    General Motors had to temporarily close its plant in Egypt during the demonstrations and violence surrounding President Morsi’s removal from power this summer. But what about the small businesses, which lack the redundancy and massive capacity of the large multinationals? ......Read More