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    Abe Eshkenazi
    ASCM CEO

    Supply Chain Cybercriminals Get Creative

    As supply chains become longer, more dependent and extraordinarily complex, cybercriminals are finding alarmingly innovative ways to attack them — and these strikes often trickle down to business partners, processes, information technology (IT) and equipment. Taylor Armerding writes in a recent Forbes article that attackers are increasingly aiming to leverage the relationships among supply chain stakeholders in order to breach every facet of the primary victim’s network.
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    ASCM CEO

    Sharing Supply Chain Stories

    Last night, several ASCM board members, key women team members and I joined 130 remarkable women, who were recognized at the annual Women in Manufacturing STEP Ahead Awards gala. The 100 honorees and 30 emerging leaders embody excellence from the factory floor to the C-suite and — perhaps most importantly — are committed to mentoring and supporting the next generation of female talent.
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    Pierce Owen

    Generative Design and Engineering Productivity

    The market for software with generative design tools will expand at a compound annual growth rate of 24 percent, reaching $44.5 billion by 2030. According to a new report published by ABI Research, these sales include licenses and subscription revenues for computer-aided design (CAD) products with generative design tools or standalone generative design software products.
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    ASCM CEO

    The Supply Chain Secret Is Out

    For those of us in the field, it’s no surprise that supply chain encourages innovation and generates high-paying, rewarding jobs. Thanks to a new joint research project by the Copenhagen Business School, Harvard Business School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the value of the supply chain economy is now evident to people of all backgrounds and disciplines.
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    Arun Kochar

    Four Imminent Supply Chain Shakeups

    With the gathering storms of trade wars, extreme and unpredictable weather conditions, a record-breaking driver shortage, and upended retail practices and customer expectations, there are clearly some momentous shifts coming our way. Supply chain professionals will need to be rethinking their networks, strategies and processes, with four areas in particular deserving our attention.
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    ASCM CEO

    ASCM Seeks Volunteers for New Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce

    The majority of people credit diversity and inclusion (D&I) programs with boosting both innovation and employee retention at their companies, according to an executive survey by global consulting firm Korn Ferry. Nevertheless, 59 percent of respondents say they still experience unconscious bias, which is defined as forming social stereotypes about certain groups outside of our conscious awareness.
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    ASCM CEO

    The Business Case for Empowered Women

    There are approximately 190 million women working in supply chains around the world today. According to workers’ rights alliance the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), the reality for countless women is excessive hours, often spent in dangerous working conditions, and wages that are insufficient to make ends meet.
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    Steven Blue

    Steer Clear of these Five Innovation Killers

    Innovation is difficult to come by. It is a fleeting concept that eludes most companies. In fact, experts say the odds of a new product idea reaching full commercialization are less than four percent. That said, innovation is difficult, but not impossible.
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    ASCM CEO

    Shifting Gears in Automotive

    Increasingly, teenagers are choosing not to get a driver’s license at all. Likewise, more adults today are opting to forgo a car. Instead, they are living and working in big cities, enjoying the convenience and time savings of Uber, and electing to do their part to reduce planet-warming emissions. Even most automotive industry executives believe that a full 50 percent of current U.S. car owners will lose interest by 2025.
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    ASCM CEO

    Women’s Worth

    Today marks the beginning of International Women’s History Month, a global celebration of the social, economic and political achievements of women, as well as a call to advance gender equality worldwide.
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    ASCM CEO

    Spacious Potential in the Sharing Economy

    Although only 19 percent of U.S. adults have engaged in a sharing-economy transaction, PwC research reveals that 83 percent of survey respondents believe these services make life more convenient and efficient, 76 percent say they are better for the environment, and 43 percent admit that owning things can feel like a burden.
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    Pierce Owen

    Unlock the Potential of Digital Factories

    If smart manufacturing vendors hope to fulfill the potential of their solutions and platforms for digital factories, they must build environments where apps can deliver immediate results with stream processing and cloud integration at the edge.
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    Fatime Doczi

    Not Your Parents’ Workforce: The Rise of Contingent Labor in Supply Chain

    The typical 9-to-5 desk job has given way to the gig economy, which promotes a far less structured workday — and a far more complicated talent supply chain.
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    ASCM CEO

    Conversation Stoppers

    Although the second-most popular Valentine’s Day confection was missing from store shelves this season, the conversation was kept alive — largely thanks to agile competitors who saw a market need and filled the emotional void with comparable offerings.
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    ASCM CEO

    Indian Regulations Rain on Amazon and Walmart’s E-Commerce Parade

    New regulations from the world’s fastest growing economy have undermined retailers’ business models and obstructed their sales in India’s burgeoning e-commerce sector.
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    Christine Barnhart

    Avoid Hard Hits from Tariffs and Global Volatility

    In a recent study, two-thirds of economists surveyed reported that trade tensions or tariffs are the biggest risks to their economic growth forecasts. Some companies plan to pass increased costs to customers, whether they are consumers or other businesses. Some are considering possible design changes, evolving product specs or rerouting resources through different suppliers. As companies react, a domino effect builds momentum, bringing more and more companies into the disruption.
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    ASCM CEO

    Climate Change Disruptors on the Rise

    When we talk about extreme weather statistics such as these, they are typically followed by warnings of disastrous sea levels, catastrophic Arctic ice decline, and life-threatening floods or hurricanes. “Not enough water to make Coke” and “sweltering Disney theme parks” do seem to pale in comparison. However, a recent Bloomberg article suggests that climate change will have a business impact that is devastating in its own way.
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    ASCM CEO

    Check Out Our Transformation

    For months now, our dedicated board of directors, enthusiastic volunteers across the globe and talented staff have been working toward an exciting business transformation. I couldn’t be more excited to share with you that, as of January 22, we have officially become the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM).
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    ASCM CEO

    Lighthouse Factories Are Shining Examples for Supply Chains Everywhere

    Last year, the World Economic Forum vetted 1,000 manufacturers, eventually selecting the “lighthouses.” These advanced factories weather the storm with quick-thinking teams, the fastest shop-floor innovation and effective maximization of fourth-industrial-revolution technologies.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    ASCM CEO

    Eradicating Modern-Day Slavery in Supply Chains

    Here in the States, today is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day — a time when we recommit ourselves to ending modern-day slavery and exploitation. Although regulations on human trafficking are tightening, millions of people continue to suffer in every region of the world.
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    Bob Collins
    APICS Senior Director, Professional Development

    Everything You Wanted to Know About Professional Certification, but Didn’t Know to Ask

    A degree, as important as it is, does not guarantee a future employer that you know how to apply this knowledge on the job. One way to keep learning is by earning and maintaining a professional certification.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    ASCM CEO

    Manufacturing Platforms and the Connected Factories of the Future

    The digital factory boom that many industry experts are predicting — which will be built upon advanced supply chain planning, monitoring, optimization, control and integration — will undoubtedly hinge on smart manufacturing platforms.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    ASCM CEO

    New Year, New Association

    2018 is just about in the books. With the New Year come new challenges, so we position ourselves to greet 2019 with confidence and positivity.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    ASCM CEO

    Embracing the IOT

    We keep hearing about the potential of the Internet of Things (IOT), but how will it help supply chain professionals specifically? Last week, Industrial Distribution ran “Improving Process Flows in the Delivery System through the Internet of Things,” which outlines the practical applications of IOT.
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    Harsha Lokesh

    Calibrating the Current State to Enter the Digital Age

    Industry 4.0, the rapid integration of cyber-physical systems, and technologies such as software as a service and cloud-based infrastructure are disrupting supply chains across the globe. As with any emerging technology, these tools tended to be expensive at first and the early adopters were mostly larger enterprises.