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    Abe Eshkenazi
    ASCM CEO

    The Business Case for Empowered Women

    There are approximately 190 million women working in supply chains around the world today. According to workers’ rights alliance the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), the reality for countless women is excessive hours, often spent in dangerous working conditions, and wages that are insufficient to make ends meet.
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    Steven Blue

    Steer Clear of these Five Innovation Killers

    Innovation is difficult to come by. It is a fleeting concept that eludes most companies. In fact, experts say the odds of a new product idea reaching full commercialization are less than four percent. That said, innovation is difficult, but not impossible.
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    ASCM CEO

    Shifting Gears in Automotive

    Increasingly, teenagers are choosing not to get a driver’s license at all. Likewise, more adults today are opting to forgo a car. Instead, they are living and working in big cities, enjoying the convenience and time savings of Uber, and electing to do their part to reduce planet-warming emissions. Even most automotive industry executives believe that a full 50 percent of current U.S. car owners will lose interest by 2025.
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    ASCM CEO

    Women’s Worth

    Today marks the beginning of International Women’s History Month, a global celebration of the social, economic and political achievements of women, as well as a call to advance gender equality worldwide.
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    ASCM CEO

    Spacious Potential in the Sharing Economy

    Although only 19 percent of U.S. adults have engaged in a sharing-economy transaction, PwC research reveals that 83 percent of survey respondents believe these services make life more convenient and efficient, 76 percent say they are better for the environment, and 43 percent admit that owning things can feel like a burden.
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    Pierce Owen

    Unlock the Potential of Digital Factories

    If smart manufacturing vendors hope to fulfill the potential of their solutions and platforms for digital factories, they must build environments where apps can deliver immediate results with stream processing and cloud integration at the edge.
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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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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).
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.