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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.
  • Posted by
    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.
  • Posted by
    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.
  • Posted by
    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.
  • Posted by
    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).
  • Posted by
    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.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    ASCM CEO

    Last-Mile Delivery Apps Grow African Economies One Goat at a Time

    As last-mile delivery companies like Uber Eats expand their reach around the globe, it seems like you can order just about anything right to your doorstep. In Africa, one last-mile delivery company has expanded its operations to deliver more than just prepared food.
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    Chad Storlie

    Five Special Ops Skills Pertinent to Business Innovation

    Highly skilled soldiers trekking through the pitch dark of night and a business creating better products and services for customers appear to be completely unrelated. Yet, when we look closer at the aptitudes that special operations forces (SOFs) personnel use to create mission success, we discover an amazing set of competences that can drive and inspire business innovation.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    ASCM CEO

    Trade Progress Could Reduce Tariffs, Increase Jobs

    After months of trade challenges, world leaders recently made progress in complex negotiations.
  • Posted by
    Hua Ni

    Operating a Global Health Supply Chain in Low-Resource Settings

    In addressing the challenges of operating a global health supply chain in low-resource settings, there’s plenty to learn from established commercial supply chains.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    ASCM CEO

    Deciphering Machine Learning Dilemmas

    The essence of machine learning is teaching computer programs to act like humans. Yet, as more supply chain professionals realize the value of mirroring company assets with artificial intelligence, it’s also clear that considerable value lies in teaching computer programs to act like other machines.
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    Frederic Gomer

    Why Your Business Should Not Go Digital

    As digitalization heralds the next phase of the industrial revolution, supply chain executives struggle with implementation as they are overwhelmed by the rapidly evolving digital landscape. The current lack of digital maturity suggests that organizations would do well to put their plans for digital transformation on hold.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    ASCM CEO

    Track That Turkey

    Consumers have increasing appetites for knowledge about where their food comes from. This Thanksgiving, major U.S. turkey brands served up additional details about the origins of their products thanks to the support of blockchain and other technologies.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    ASCM CEO

    Implications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

    An article earlier this week from The Wall Street Journal tells us we are in the midst of the next industrial revolution, the fourth of its kind. Mobile internet, automation and artificial intelligence are what’s fueling this revolution.
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    Elizabeth Rennie
    Senior Managing Editor, APICS Magazine

    Taking a Cue from Mother Nature

    Birds have inspired countless innovations; the airplane being the most obvious case. Called biomimicry, this concept focuses on finding sustainable solutions to challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    ASCM CEO

    Mujin, JD.com Test First Automated Warehouse

    Automation startup Mujin has partnered with JD.com to create the world’s first automated warehouse.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    ASCM CEO

    Four Things Every Supply Chain Needs

    Bloomberg reported last month that Chinese spies had infiltrated at least 30 U.S. companies using a tiny microchip hidden on server motherboards. Here are four key supply chain aspects that will help you protect your business.
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    Marina Lu
    Senior analyst at ABI Research

    Five Ways Augmented Reality Enhances Supply Chain Management

    ABI Research conducted an analysis of the key advantages of using AR in supply chain management and developed this list of the top-five benefits.