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    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Uncovering New Uses for Supply Chain Analytics

    For supply chain professionals, much is made about utilizing data analytics to improve demand planning and forecasting. However, Deloitte reports that 35 percent of companies now use analytics to mitigate third-party supply chain fraud, waste and abuse, an increase from 25.2 percent in 2014.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Brexit Continues to Create Confusion for EU and UK Firms

    European Union businesses expect to contract less with U.K. suppliers and more with suppliers in their own market after Brexit. Earlier this week, The Guardian reported that British exporters could lose billions of pounds in business once Brexit is finalized. 
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    Jennifer Storelli
    Associate Editor, APICS Magazine

    Embedding CSR in Company DNA

    This year, I’ve had the opportunity to interview several business leaders who believe in the power of encouraging corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities throughout their supply chains to make the world a better place.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Manufacturing’s Other Dimension — Digital Twins

    Last week, Netflix released the second season of its popular sci-fi series “Stranger Things,” which explores mysteries related to scientific experiments, super natural forces and a parallel dimension. Netflix isn’t the only media outlet interested in other worlds.
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    Jennifer K. Daniels
    Vice President, APICS Marketing

    How Supply Chain Can Help in a Natural Disaster

    There’s no limit to the aid that supply chain professionals can offer. Be it time, money or resources, supply chain professionals have many options to help those affected by natural disasters and crises. APICS members and the supply chain community at large are a force for good when disaster strikes.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Preparing for the Robot Takeover … Or Not

    There are many pundits running around saying that robots are going to take our jobs. That’s why an October 19 article in Futurism stands out with the title “Is Technology Really Going to Destroy More Jobs than Ever Before?”
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Applying Lessons from APICS 2017

    “Don’t seek perfection. Seek balance. Seek consistence. Seek justice. Seek passion. Seek a cause for humanity, and your life shall have meaning.” These are the words of Derreck Kayongo, global humanitarian and a general session speaker at APICS 2017.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Disruption Worries Could Hinder Your Business

    Business journals and pundits everywhere you turn seem to promote disruption, warning that if you aren’t embracing it, you are dooming your organization. However, in a recent post on strategy + business, authors Paul Leinwand and Cesare Mainardi argue that acting too hastily or not at all are the real threats to your business.
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    APICS RISC
    Research, Innovation & Strategy Committee

    Blockchain: Harnessing Data, Enabling the Future IoSC

    In the previous blog post from the Research, Innovation and Strategy Committee’s Sensing Subcommittee, we discussed the internet of supply chains (IoSC). In the following post, we will address how blockchain can be the technology that enables the future of IoSC.
  • Posted by
    Jennifer K. Daniels
    Vice President, APICS Marketing

    Promoting Women in Supply Chain

    No matter who or where you are in your supply chain career, you need to start caring about advancing women in the field. That’s because women make our supply chain organizations stronger and position our companies for sustainable, profitable growth.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Protecting Consumer Health with Cold Chain

    Maintaining temperature integrity and accurate product documentation can sometimes be a challenge for the logistics industry as products change hands and storage locations multiple times. However, these are important considerations that, in some cases, could have a significant impact on the end consumer’s health.
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    Cathy Iammartino
    Director of Product Development, APICS

    Supplier Collaboration is Key to Maximizing Value

    Collaborating with your suppliers can have an invaluable strategic impact, and can give your organization the advantage it needs to compete in today’s fast-moving global marketplace. Through collaboration, the buyer and the product design team can leverage the supplier's expertise and bring better products to market faster.
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    Brian Atwater
    Assistant Professor of Operations Management at Indiana University Southeast (IUS)

    APICS Dictionary and the Evolution of Supply Chain

    The APICS body of knowledge has continually evolved to follow changes in the discipline of supply chain management. As editors of the APICS Dictionary, Paul Pittman and I have had the unique opportunity to observe and play a role in that progression.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Virtual Reality Creating Real-World Gains

    A little story in The Wall Street Journal points to big innovations for aerospace manufacturing. Rolls-Royce, which makes airplane engines for Boeing and Airbus jetliners, is using virtual reality to test what the company calls the “world’s most powerful aerospace gearbox.”
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Supply Chain Safety Moves to Factories around the World

    Increasingly, company leaders are working to improve the health and safety of employees throughout their supply chains.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    In the Wake of Natural Disasters, Logistics Proves Paramount

    The recent devastation in North America due to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and an 8.2 magnitude earthquake in southern Mexico has created extreme logistical challenges as relief efforts continue and clean up begins.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Supply Chain Leaders Become Societal Leaders

    As supply chain leaders, you have the power and potential to make a difference in your organizations. Each day, you use your skills to ensure company efficiency and goal achievement, make educated decisions that help drive the business forward, and inspire your colleagues and direct reports.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Supply Chain Responds to Hurricane Harvey

    For the past week, U.S. weather news and supply chain news have been focused on Hurricane Harvey, a Category 4 storm that made landfall in southeast Texas last Friday night. The storm parked itself over the Houston area for five straight days and dumped more than 50 inches of rain before heading east to Louisiana on Wednesday, The
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    APICS RISC
    Research, Innovation & Strategy Committee

    The Internet of Supply Chains (IoSC), a Model in the Cloud

    Karl Kirschenhofer, Thomas Gaal and Katie Fowler break down the concept of the Internet of Supply Chains (IoSC) and explain why the semantic web, blockchain, and linked data technologies should be on your radar.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Revealing Manufacturing’s Future

    The state of manufacturing jobs in the United States is complicated. This idea was reinforced last week in The Washington Post’s article “Trump Tried to Save Their Jobs. These Workers Are Quitting Anyway.”
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    Bob Collins
    APICS Senior Director, Professional Development

    CPIM Streamlined for Busy Supply Chain Professionals

    Times change, work evolves, and companies need new skills and better trained supply chain professionals. As a result, APICS has updated the CPIM program to better serve the needs of today’s supply chain workforce, while maintaining the body of knowledge and integrity that has kept CPIM at the forefront of supply chain education.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Preparing for the New Age of Cyberrisk

    Malware has crippled banks, railway systems and power companies, but the Associated Press (AP) reported last week that manufacturers increasingly are the victims of cyberattacks too.
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    Gary Smith
    Vice President Supply Logistics, MTA New York City Transit

    Three Reasons to Commit to Lifelong Learning

    It’s no secret that earning a certification is challenging and time-consuming, and I am often asked by colleagues about what motivated me and why I think this kind of lifelong learning is worth my time. Three reasons come to mind.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Building Sophisticated Supply Chains in India

    In my discussions and travels, I often meet engineers who have become supply chain professionals. To me, that makes a lot of sense. I think engineers, like supply chain experts, seek to make sense out of what appears chaotic and complex. Ask anybody with global experience, and they will tell you that supply chains and manufacturing
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    The Next Frontier for Robots: Picking

    Warehouse automation systems have been around for a long time, but one task has eluded robots: picking. But that is about to change. The Wall Street Journal reports that robot developers, spurred by the growth in e-commerce, are working on robot systems that can retrieve items off the shelves and pack them for shipping.