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  • Posted by
    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.
  • Posted by
    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.
  • Posted by
    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.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    ASCM CEO

    Track That Turkey

    Consumers have increasing appetites for knowledge about where their food comes from. This Thanksgiving, major U.S. turkey brands served up additional details about the origins of their products thanks to the support of blockchain and other technologies.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    ASCM CEO

    Implications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

    An article earlier this week from The Wall Street Journal tells us we are in the midst of the next industrial revolution, the fourth of its kind. Mobile internet, automation and artificial intelligence are what’s fueling this revolution.
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    Elizabeth Rennie
    Senior Managing Editor, APICS Magazine

    Taking a Cue from Mother Nature

    Birds have inspired countless innovations; the airplane being the most obvious case. Called biomimicry, this concept focuses on finding sustainable solutions to challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    ASCM CEO

    Mujin, JD.com Test First Automated Warehouse

    Automation startup Mujin has partnered with JD.com to create the world’s first automated warehouse.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    ASCM CEO

    Four Things Every Supply Chain Needs

    Bloomberg reported last month that Chinese spies had infiltrated at least 30 U.S. companies using a tiny microchip hidden on server motherboards. Here are four key supply chain aspects that will help you protect your business.
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    Marina Lu
    Senior analyst at ABI Research

    Five Ways Augmented Reality Enhances Supply Chain Management

    ABI Research conducted an analysis of the key advantages of using AR in supply chain management and developed this list of the top-five benefits.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    ASCM CEO

    Trade Wars

    This week, The New York Times featured “Trump’s Trade War May Create New Auto Jobs. In China.” It’s an in-depth look at how foreign carmakers operating in the United States are weighing tariffs on their bottom lines.
  • Posted by
    Kia Wood

    Balancing the Plastics Debate

    What the plastic straw debate can teach us about implementing sustainability efforts.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    ASCM CEO

    Innovation at Sherwin-Williams Never Rests

    Paint manufacturer and retailer Sherwin-Williams credits kaizen, or continuous improvement, for their decades of success.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    ASCM CEO

    Organizations Still Catching Up with Supply Chain’s Potential

    A Deloitte study explores how executives view the supply chain as an innovative business function.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    ASCM CEO

    The Hack: Keep Calm, Supply Chains Have Got You Covered

    Bloomberg reported last week that Chinese spies had infiltrated at least 30 U.S. companies — including Amazon, Apple and others — using a tiny microchip hidden on server motherboards.
  • Posted by
    Dave England

    Planning for Failure — How to Mitigate Recall Risk

    A solid product recall risk mitigation plan should contain the three C’s — control, containment and communication.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    ASCM CEO

    Announcing ASCM

    While APICS 2018 in Chicago may be over, we are just getting started. Sunday, we introduced the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM).
  • Posted by
    Jennifer Proctor

    ASCM Announces Thought Leadership Collaborations

    It’s been a flurry of activity at APICS as we prepare to launch a whole new association – the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM). One of the things that makes ASCM unique is its network of global alliances and thought-leadership collaborations.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    ASCM CEO

    Remodeling Factories into Distribution Centers

    The U.S. economy has been shifting its efforts from manufacturing operations to logistics and distribution services. To accommodate this shift, commercial real estate developers are working to remodel unused manufacturing facilities into new hubs for logistics and distribution operations.