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  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Keeping Tabs on Critical Supplies

    Although many industries have fully embraced the benefits of automated inventory management systems, hospitals have yet to catch up. A new report from Cardinal Health and SERMO has uncovered that 78 percent of surveyed hospitals still use manual methods of inventory management, according to RevCycle Intelligence.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Going High-Tech with Wine

    Wine making may be an ancient art, but many wine producers now use up-to-the-minute technology to gain competitive advantages in this profitable industry, according to a February 10 article in TechCrunch.
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    Bob Collins
    APICS Senior Director, Professional Development

    CPIM Reconfiguration Timetable

    Many CPIM candidates and potential candidates have been asking us about the time table for the new reconfigured CPIM program. When will the new Learning System and exams be available? when will the old courses and exams no longer be available? I’m about to start, how will this affect me; should I start now or wait?
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    John Murphy
    Senior Marketing Director of Supply Chain Cloud Applications, Oracle

    Enabling the End-to-End Supply Chain

    This week at Modern Supply Chain Experience 2017, supply chain’s best and brightest pros will see the capabilities that a cloud based, end-to-end supply chain can provide.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Right Turns for Efficiency

    Today when I write left and right, I’m not talking about politics. Instead, I’m talking about UPS drivers who are instructed not to turn left into oncoming traffic—or turn right in countries where people drive on the left side of the road. Last week, Quartz published an article highlighting how this approach helps UPS save 10 million gallons of gas a year.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Logistics Trends and Challenges

    Businesses around the world are reiterating or shifting their priorities as a result of the new US president and expected policy changes. This week, DHL, a provider of international express mail, freight transportation, e-commerce, and supply chain management services, released survey results examining US business priorities for 2017. The survey, which was conducted immediately after the November 2016 US election, was distributed to more than 100,000 DHL customers in the United States.
  • Posted by
    Jonathan Thatcher
    Director, APICS SCC Research

    Supply Chains and New EPA Toxic Chemicals Regulations

    New regulations resulting from the 2016 amendment to the TSCA may impact chemical supply chains.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Worker Safety and Supply Chain Audits

    This week, The New York Times reported that labor activists are protesting garment factory working conditions in Bangladesh, home to suppliers that work for global brands such as H&M, Gap, Zara, and others.
  • Posted by
    David F. Ross
    Senior Manager, Professional Development

    Managing the Demand Forecast: Part 5, and Important Announcement

    In the previous blog we examined the outcome of three possible sales campaigns. Before progressing, it is important to clarify the sales campaign forecast numbers. In this series of blogs, the sales forecast has been finalized as part of the sales and operations planning (S&OP) process. At this point, the S&OP teams have authorized the demand and supply plans and decomposed the aggregate plans into individual finished goods forecasts. In turn, these values have been loaded into the forecast row of the master schedule.
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    David K. Peterson
    Senior Consultant Logistics Management Institute

    Using the Correct Performance Metric Makes a Difference

    This is the last in a series of posts about operations and support for complex systems (or systems of systems), such as an electrical grid, railroad line, or assembly line. Such systems are nearly ubiquitous in business today, but we rarely consider their supply chain requirements until there is a problem.
  • Posted by
    David F. Ross
    Senior Manager, Professional Development

    What is “push” and “pull” distribution?” – Part 23

    This final blog on multi-echelon “push” and “pull” will summarize the uses and differences between the two techniques discussed throughout the series.
  • Posted by
    David K. Peterson
    Senior Consultant Logistics Management Institute

    Quantifying the Effects of Logistics on System Performance

    This is the third in a series of posts about operations and support for complex systems (or systems of systems), such as an electrical grid, railroad line, or assembly line. Such systems are nearly ubiquitous in business today, but we rarely consider their supply chain requirements until there is a problem.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Shaping Up Shipping Your Goods

    As we approach the end of the first month of 2017, supply chain plans for the year should be well underway. However, the consolidation of four global vessel-sharing alliances into three— expected to take effect April 1—has created some uncertainties and potential challenges for shippers and their 2017 plans.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Maximizing Your Partnerships: Automakers, Suppliers, and Self-Driving Cars

    At the North American International Auto Show this month in Detroit, automakers are showing the world updates to their new models while also unveiling concept cars that “stir the imagination,” writes Jim Gorzelany for Forbes. At the show, lots of people, including reporters, are investigating the future of self-driving cars.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    What Will 2017 Bring to Supply Chains?

    Late last week, Forbes published an intriguing piece by Paul Martyn, who had asked experts for their supply chain predictions for 2017. He started his interviews with the statement: “Tell me something I don’t know.” Following are Martyn’s top 5 findings.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Make Habits and Goals, Not Resolutions

    Another year is almost over. As we look ahead to 2017, I’m sure many of us are compiling some personal and professional resolutions. With a full, new year ahead, you might be tempted to dream big and resolve to do something life- or career-changing. To make sure you are successful, consider taking some advice from The Daily Utah Chronicle and reframe your resolutions as goals or habits to form in the new year.
  • Posted by
    Sharon Rice
    Principal Consultant, Art of Planning

    Reverse Innovation and Supply Chain

    I’m pleased to welcome guest blogger Jason Wheeler, CPIM, CSCP, to “Thinking Supply Chain.” Wheeler is Process Improvement Engineer, Warehouse Operations for Roche Diagnostics Operations and the former APICS chair-elect.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    A Word of Thanks

    At the close of 2016, I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your continued support of and engagement with APICS. Through your efforts and feedback, we can ensure that APICS remains the premier association for supply chain management.
  • Posted by
    David F. Ross
    Senior Manager, Professional Development

    Managing the Demand Forecast: Part 4

    In the previous blog the different segments of the master schedule as they pertain to the demand plan were discussed. The driver of the schedule was noted as the sales forecast campaign. Once the forecast was developed, it could then be dropped into the master schedule
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Using Augmented Reality to Improve Supply Chains

    There are television commercials airing frequently that show people using their smartphones and other accessories to experience virtual reality. The users in these commercials usually are in studios or experiencing it as a part of everyday life. However, The Wall Street Journal contends that this technology could really make an impact in the workplace, specifically on the factory floor.
  • Posted by
    Jonathan Thatcher
    Director, APICS SCC Research

    Fitbit and Pebble: Supply Chain Strategy, Entrepreneur Vision, Developer Community and Enduring Loyalty

    To fans of the wearable tech company Pebble, news on the company’s Kickstarter page this week came as a shock: “Fitbit has agreed to acquire key Pebble assets. Due to various factors, Pebble can no longer operate as an independent entity, and we have made the tough decision to shut down the company. The deal finalized today preserves as much of Pebble as possible.”
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Using Big Data for Improved ROI

    Last week, CIO made the case in “How Manufacturers Make the Most of Machine Data” that supply chain professionals should be working more closely with information technology professionals to collect and use the data machines generate.
  • Posted by
    David F. Ross
    Senior Manager, Professional Development

    Managing the Demand Forecast: Part 3

    The previous blog ended with a description of how a sales campaign is decomposed into a possible period, weekly, and daily product-level forecast in the master schedule. Before the discussion can proceed much further, it is important to review the demand section of the MPS grid.
  • Posted by
    Bob Collins
    APICS Senior Director, Professional Development

    When Being Smart Isn’t Good Enough: Texas Sharpshooter Fallacy and Seeing Patterns in Data

    As I’ve shown in previous blog postings, cognitive biases are like built-in software. You don’t have to purchase them or download them. They come pre-loaded in your subconscious.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Supply Chain Risk: Cargo Theft

    The holiday shopping season is in full swing, and retailers and distributors are working hard to meet customers’ needs. However, with more trucks filled with merchandise hitting the roads during the busy buying and shipping season, cargo theft is expected to “surge,” according to NBC Los Angeles.