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  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Planting the Seeds of Blockchain in Agribusiness

    Governments, private investors and experts are noting that the agricultural trade industry is ripe for improvement with blockchain technology.
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    Senovia Guevara

    Conquer the Supply Chain Talent Shortage with Better Job Descriptions

    Two years ago, I was tasked with rewriting more than 150 supply chain job descriptions that had been sitting in four dusty binders in a back office. Here's what I learned.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Embracing the Power of AI

    Artificial intelligence (AI) is poised to significantly improve supply chain planning, customer order management and inventory tracking. That makes some human supply chain professionals nervous. But, an article in Harvard Business Review reassures us that these experts will not become obsolete.
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    Victoria Greene

    Manage Your E-Commerce Inventory Like a Pro

    Without a well-groomed inventory system, your e-commerce business will never reach its potential. Following are some common e-commerce errors. By establishing what the worst practices are, you can ensure that your business only does the best.
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Gap’s Rise from the Ashes

    In 1871, the Great Chicago Fire offered an opportunity to rebuild and plan a city that was safer and more efficient than before. Chicago — APICS’s hometown — was reborn and subsequently experienced a building and population boom as the area was cleared and recreated.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Supply Chain in the C-Suite

    Earlier this year, Fortune reported that the number of women CEOs of Fortune 500 companies dropped from 32 — an all-time high — in 2017 to 24 in 2018. That’s a 25 percent decrease over the course of only one year. However, something important happened this week.
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    Jeff Mudd

    Lessons Learned from an Accidental Career in Supply Chain

    I found my calling in supply chain. Here are four lessons learned while embarking on this career.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Brexit’s Unknowns Present Challenges

    British aerospace giants Airbus and Rolls-Royce are preparing for Britain’s departure from the EU – also known as Brexit. Reuters reports that as much as the big companies prepare, their business may suffer consequences resulting from their smaller supply chain partners.
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    Joe Egertson

    Four Ways to Ease the Overworked Supply Chain

    The innovative solutions of today will become the industry standards of tomorrow, and supply chain professionals must learn how to properly implement new tools that improve efficiency, scalability and customer value.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Packaging Tackles the Plastics Problem

    As plastic products cause ecological problems, packaging companies need to rethink their materials choices and opt for more eco-friendly bioplastics.
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    Elizabeth Rennie
    Senior Managing Editor, APICS Magazine

    A Model Example

    In “Apollo 13,” NASA ground engineers create a replica of a system of parts currently in outer space to save the astronauts from carbon dioxide poisoning. Though there was nothing particularly digital about this endeavor, it was a clear precursor to current digital twin technology.
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    More Tariff Troubles for Manufacturers

    A week ago, another round of U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports took effect. These taxes have been specifically designed not to affect consumer goods. Instead, the 25 percent import taxes on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods will affect American manufacturers either financially or by unraveling their global supply chains.
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    Kia Wood

    Reconsidering the Way We Set Goals

    Goal setting can be a tricky and daunting task. How high should you set the bar? How will you measure your success? APICS 2018 keynote speaker and international business motivational speaker Connie Podesta says we need to take a new approach to setting goals.
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    U.K.’s Carbon Dioxide Shortage Creates Concern for Meat, Beer and Crumpet Supply

    As people in the United States wind down from celebrating Independence Day — often with beer and meat – people in the United Kingdom may soon face a beer and meat shortage, due to a scarcity of carbon dioxide across the U.K.
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Training or Automation? The Secret to Increasing Productivity

    Unemployment in the United States is below 4 percent, leading manufacturers to seriously consider automation because of the lack of skilled labor for positions.
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    Dustin Levy

    Three Simple Ways Supply Chain Can Advance Product Introduction

    How can the supply chain function contribute to the creation of impactful product strategies and sustainable business growth? Following are three ideas that you can implement right now to positively influence product development at your company.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Supply Chain’s Future

    The future of business and the overhaul of supply chain management currently is limited by legacy technologies, but soon will be transformed by digital technology.
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    Dave England

    Customers Are Always Right, but Are They the Right Customers?

    When customers are always right, the best way for a contract manufacturer to pursue profitable operations is with customer responsibility management. Here is how it’s done.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Technology leads to tail-spend savings

    A recent report by McKinsey & Company details how digital solutions can help procurement specialists achieve some often-overlooked savings for tail spend.
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Lobster Logistics

    With all the talk in our field about putting the customer first, I was surprised to read an article in which a company claims a different strategy. In the June 1 edition of JOC.com, Stewart Lamont, from Tangier Lobster, says his priority is the health of his product, followed by the health and reliability of his logistics strategy.
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    Shankar Suryanarayanan

    Expanding Access to Health Care in Emerging Markets

    Each emerging market is different in terms of regulatory requirements, health care delivery, insurance penetration, disease areas and more. Yet, all are facing significant obstacles.
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Pay Gap Persists in Supply Chain

    While more women are embarking on supply chain careers, there is still a pay disparity between men and women. Recent APICS research, which was highlighted this week in the Wall Street Journal, shows men in supply chain on average earn 16 percent more than women.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Ford Keeps on Truckin’

    Ford F-150s are the United States’ best-selling vehicle and a serious financial boon for the carmaker. According to The Detroit Free Press, F-Series trucks contribute more than $100 million a day to Ford revenue.
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    Gary Allen

    Maximize Warehousing Advances to Win in the “Now Economy”

    For a warehouse to be dubbed “smart,” it must be automated; provide real-time visibility; be agile, as relates to space, staff and software; scale to respond to needs instantaneously; take a web-driven approach to running the business; and maintain focus on delivering a customer-centric experience.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Operations Improvements Will Bolster Factories of the Future

    Harvard Business Review posits that the advancement that will drive the factories of the future is not automation but, instead, operations enhancements.