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    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Australia’s Fragile Energy Supply and Demand

    Australia is the second-largest exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the world. However, in spite of its natural resource volume, the country is experiencing its own energy crisis, including frequent blackouts and a lack of domestic reserves. Last week, The Wall Street Journal described the country’s challenges in “How Energy-Rich Australia Exported Its Way into an Energy Crisis.”
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    Jennifer K. Daniels
    Vice President, APICS Marketing

    Starbucks’ Supply Chain and Marketing Strategy Unicorn

    The specialty Frappuccino strategy used an agile supply chain to meet customer demand.
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Food Brands Fighting to Find Winning Market-Share Formulas

    It used to be that if you looked in any American pantry, you saw some quintessential items, such as Kellogg’s cereal, Campbell’s soup and Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. Now, if you open that door, you likely will see healthier, more natural alternatives and less-expensive store brands. Last week, The Wall Street Journal laid out the challenges being faced by big food brands in “So Long, Hamburger Helper: America’s Venerable Food Brands are Struggling.”
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    Elizabeth Rennie
    Senior Managing Editor, APICS Magazine

    Raising the Bar on Global Health

    APICS keynote Derrek Kayongo shares how results-driven partnerships and supply chain strategy repurpose soap into lifesaving global health initiatives.
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Global Companies, Local Thinking

    In today’s increasingly connected world, it almost seems that international trade could not be easier. Companies around the globe can conduct business via the internet, and transportation and logistics professionals ensure that products reach customers in an efficient and timely manner. However, some experts are saying that the modern market actually is not trending toward globalization but instead toward localization.
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Amazon Robots Set to Transform Whole Foods’ Warehouses

    Since Amazon announced its intention to buy Whole Foods Market on June 16, news outlets have been exploring all the ways this combination of companies will influence online retailing and grocery strategies. This week, Bloomberg highlighted how Amazon may transform Whole Foods warehouses with its robots.
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    Jennifer K. Daniels
    Vice President, APICS Marketing

    Develop Strategic Skills for Supply Chain Leadership

    Meet the challenge to rise from supply chain manager to supply chain leader.
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Alphabet Soup: TCO, ROI and YOU

    Supply chain professionals know how to calculate the total cost of ownership (TCO), but now other leaders and decision makers are starting to pay closer attention. This week, Huffington Post featured “Manufacturers are Taking Aim at ‘Total Cost’ With On-Demand Manufacturing,” by Vicki Holt, president and CEO of Pronto Labs.
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    Jennifer K. Daniels
    Vice President, APICS Marketing

    Professional Associations Remain Relevant. Here’s Why.

    Participating in a professional group brings many benefits you can’t get anywhere else.
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Adopting Artificial Intelligence: Make Sure You Are Ready with Analytics

    When reading all the latest business journals and even Supply Chain Management Now, you likely have heard about the wonders of artificial intelligence (AI). Like an infomercial, experts quoted in articles tout the cutting-edge solutions and business-transforming properties of AI. However, in a June 7 article in Harvard Business Review, Nick Harrison and Deborah O’Neill warn against adopting AI if you haven’t yet mastered analytics.
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Securing Supplies is No Game for Nintendo

    In today’s competitive tech world, the fight is not only for customers but for parts as well. Last week, The Wall Street Journal outlined how Nintendo is competing with companies that make mobile phones, computer servers and other tech products to get the components it needs for its new Switch gaming machine.
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    Ehap Sabri
    Advisory Director, KPMG

    Five Tips for IBP Transformation Success

    Integrated business planning (IBP) extends S&OP principles to deliver a seamless management process.
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    Jennifer K. Daniels
    Vice President, APICS Marketing

    Self-Publishing Tips for Supply Chain Professionals

    Become a published author to build your personal brand and advance the supply chain community.
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Discovering the Keys to Successful Supplier Partnerships

    When the economy is tight, business leaders seek to cut costs. However, taking a more holistic approach to business-to-business (B2B) supplier relationships could add value and save more money in the end. Recently, Gallup explored the top three characteristics of successful B2B supplier relationships.
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    When Innovation Goes Bad

    In this fast-paced, technologically advanced world, there’s no such thing as excessive innovation — right? In the May/June 2017 issue of Harvard Business Review, Martin Mocker and Jeanne W. Ross suggest that too much innovation creates too many product lines, systems and complexities. This combination leads to diminished revenues and higher expenses.
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    Jennifer K. Daniels
    Vice President, APICS Marketing

    Create a Path to Water Sustainability

    Responsible water stewardship improves your brand. The CEO Water Mandate can provide guidance.
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    Jennifer Storelli
    Associate Editor, APICS Magazine

    Are We Ready for Transportation Technology?

    Innovations such as drone delivery and automated trucks can drastically change the transportation landscape if they can overcome potential risks.
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    GE’s Big Investment: Digital Factories

    What does the digital factory of the future look like? GE is working to build one version of it today by investing in digital technology to transform its factories, generate new revenue and increase profits, Reuters’ Alwyn Scott reports. GE has spent $4 billion developing digital products, which range from tiny sensors in jet engines to augmented reality and software that can process large volumes of data.
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Extra Alcohol Means Extra Hassle for Canadian Gin Recall

    In the Northern Hemisphere, summer is almost a month away, and some true believers out there espouse the upcoming season as the perfect time for gin and tonics—that refreshing, botanical and slightly fizzy cocktail. Right now in Canada, those cocktails or anything made with Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin have the potential for an extra kick no matter what the season. Provincial authorities have issued a recall for bottles that could contain 77 percent alcohol instead of the usual 40 percent
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    Cheryl Dalsin
    Director Academic Outreach, APICS

    Broadening Students’ Horizons with Supply Chain STEM

    This week we celebrate Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day honors the influential role mothers play in our lives and our society. For me, the holiday also serves as an opportunity to reflect on the influence of my two daughters, Lily and Abby, have had on me. They sparked the creation of the Supply Chain STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program and changed my world.
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    Jennifer K. Daniels
    Vice President, APICS Marketing

    Seven Steps to Jump-Start Your Career from APICS Career Coach, Rodney Apple

    Most of my blogging is focused on how to market the success of your supply chain organization. However, sometimes you reach a point in your career when you need to focus on making yourself more marketable in order to achieve your career goals. Enter APICS Career Coach Rodney Apple, to help you take control of your career and map out a plan.
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Supply Chain Tips for Small Businesses

    Last week, The Telegraph highlighted examples of supply chain strategies for small businesses that are ready to grow. “Suppliers can make or break a smaller business, especially when it’s scaling up,” Lucy Douglas writes. “Securing sufficient product or service to support expansion is a minimum requirement for growth.”
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Tesla Attempts to Transform Car Manufacturing

    Tesla CEO Elon Musk is working to revolutionize the way cars are manufactured.
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Women in Manufacturing and Supply Chain

    This week, we celebrate APICS’s third year as a cosponsor of the STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Awards, which recognize women in manufacturing who exemplify leadership within their companies. Last night, during an inspiring reception and gala, 100 honorees and 30 emerging leaders were recognized as the best-of-the-best women in manufacturing. Supply chain was well represented in those ranks, with 12 APICS members among those acknowledged.
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Uberizing the Manufacturing Industry

    Companies within the service industry are changing the concept of ownership and the ways consumers access goods and services — from movies and TV shows to places to stay and means of transportation. Now this trend is making its way into the manufacturing industry to connect small businesses in need of prototypes and products to manufacturers with idle machines.