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    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Reformulating Products to Support Sustainability

    British supermarket chain Iceland is making a bold sustainability move. The retailer is becoming the first major UK supermarket chain to stop using palm oil in its store-brand food products. It aims to accomplish this goal by the end of 2018, The Guardian reports.
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    Patrick Bower

    S&OP Critical Thinking and Active Challenges

    In nearly every conversation I have about planning, especially regarding the sales and operations planning (S&OP) demand consensus meeting, I speak to the need for critical thinking and active challenges. These are not throwaway expressions but key elements of a mindset that must be adopted.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Celebrating and Encouraging Women in Supply Chain

    Since 2012, The Manufacturing Institute has celebrated women in manufacturing with its STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Awards, which recognize women in manufacturing who exemplify leadership within their companies.
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    Earl van As

    Robotic Process Automation for Repetitive Back-Office Tasks

    Technology is a driving force behind operational innovation and is rapidly altering how companies do business. Faced with growing pricing pressure as customers demand more for less and more quickly, supply chain professionals are seeking new solutions to optimize operations and retain their competitive edge.
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Transitioning to Digital Supply Networks

    With the advent of the fourth industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0, supply chain professionals are expected to embrace many new technologies — from artificial intelligence and robotics to predictive analytics and cloud computing.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    When Global Trade Gets Tough

    U.S. leaders are levying new tariffs on Chinese imports and tightening restrictions on Chinese investments in U.S. technology, The Wall Street Journal reports. The efforts are an attempt to limit intellectual property theft and adjust a trade imbalance with China.
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    Elizabeth Rennie
    Senior Managing Editor, APICS Magazine

    How to Write an Award Entry that Gets the Gold

    The 2018 APICS Awards of Excellence deadline is fast-approaching, so I thought it would be useful to share some tips on what really makes an entry stand out. To do so, I first asked our judges what they’re looking for.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Digital Assistants for Business

    In just a few years, digital assistants have become common place in homes, with adults and kids asking alarm-clock-sized devices about the weather, their favorite songs and much more. This week, IBM announced its own take on the trend with Watson Assistant.
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    Jennifer Storelli

    Risk Management Tips from Waffle House

    Both companies and customers rely on a business’s regular hours of operation. Companies use this time to make and sell their products or services, and customers rely on these opportunities to acquire the goods or services they need. This balance falls apart when a natural disaster disrupts operations.
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Attempting to Define the Supply Chain Economy

    Two Harvard Business Review contributors have pointed out that there is not yet a well-accepted definition of what industries fit into the supply chain economy. Along the same lines, there also is not a formal count of the number of jobs supply chain encompasses or a rating of those jobs.
  • Posted by
    Clay Fox

    Procurement Strategy Beyond Savings

    Procurement has been a key part of supply chain management for decades. However, the concept is a relatively new trend for law firms — the sector in which I work. Here, we have experienced some resistance to the procurement movement, typically stemming from a lack of understanding.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Reinforcing the Medical Supply Chain

    Supply chain professionals know that in the medical industry, supply chain performance is critical to the health and wellness of individuals. This week, Wired’s Maryn McKenna uncovered the effects a “long, thin” supply chain has on the medical industry.
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    Elizabeth Rennie
    Senior Managing Editor, APICS Magazine

    Over the Moon for Strategy and Tactics

    As a writer and editor, word choice is critical to what I do. Often, I want to confirm that I’ve selected the best possible term for an APICS magazine article or blog post, so I look to Merriam-Webster. (Unless I’m verifying the correctness of a supply chain expression; in which case, I obviously check my trusty APICS Dictionary!)
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Distribution Disruption Causes KFC Chicken Shortage

    Last week, even the Colonel couldn’t help KFC restaurants in the United Kingdom. Approximately 800 of the 900 KFCs in the U.K. temporarily closed because of a chicken shortage, according to CNN Money.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Turning Reverse Logistics into Profit

    While retailers are still celebrating one of the strongest holiday buying seasons in recent years, the secondary retail market is now enjoying its own successful season. Once consumers take their unwanted items back to retailers, resellers and reverse logistics groups acquire those items to turn their own profits.
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    Kamal Anand
    Chief Technology Officer, Bamboo Rose

    In the Supply Chain Journey, Every Mile Matters

    The days of high-volume production and cheap goods are gone. By treating the first mile of the supply chain as strategically as the last mile, companies will experience fewer surprises, more opportunity and better results.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Supply Chain Strengthens Kraft Heinz Bottom Line

    As my kids have gotten older, I have started worrying less about what they are packing for lunch, and more generally about how they are living (or will soon live) on their own.
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    Tim Story
    Executive Vice President of Freight Operations, Unishippers

    Shipping Do’s and Don’ts for Small Businesses

    The following do’s and don’ts can help you in your shipping journey.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Using Data to Empower Sustainability Programs

    Supply chain professionals know that the answers to many questions lie in the data. Of course, the first step is to collect the data needed for analyses. A recent article in GreenBiz highlights how large-appliance manufacturer Whirlpool implemented a data collection and management initiative that ultimately helped the company.
  • Posted by
    Elizabeth Rennie
    Senior Managing Editor, APICS Magazine

    Rosie the Riveter Becomes Rosie the CEO

    The supply chain skills gap is a real crisis. There are literally millions of open manufacturing jobs, and this number is only going to escalate as more Boomers retire. The good news is that more and more organizations are beginning to tap into a vast, highly skilled talent pool: women.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Manpower Still Essential for Auto Industry

    In movies, on television shows and even in the news, robots sometimes are portrayed as the enemy of the worker because they threaten to take away people’s jobs. In the auto industry, however, this is proving to be untrue, as large manufacturers opt to balance the work of both humans and robots on their assembly lines.
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    Brian Alster
    Global Head of Supply and Compliance, Dun & Bradstreet

    Eradicating Human Trafficking in Today’s Supply Chains

    January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Learn how to eradicate this global crisis from your supply chain.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Blockchain ETFs Hit the Stock Market

    After blockchain technology has proved its use in a variety of fields and industries, the digital ledger has officially secured its place in the financial markets. Two exchange-traded funds (ETFs) focused on blockchain technology launched last week to help investors take advantage of the digital platform’s popularity and growth.
  • Posted by
    Ben Scheiner
    Vice President of Manufacturing, Galfab

    Low-Tech Solutions Shine in the Modern Supply Chain

    Simple, low-tech solutions can shine in the modern supply chain.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Rent Your Next Manufacturing Innovation

    UI Lab’s Digital Manufacturing Design & Innovation Institute helps small and large manufacturers with innovation and manufacturing excellence.