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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
    ASCM 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.
  • Posted by
    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.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    ASCM 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.
  • Posted by
    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.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    ASCM 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.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    ASCM 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
    ASCM 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.
  • Posted by
    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
    ASCM 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.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    ASCM 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.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    ASCM 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
    ASCM 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.
  • Posted by
    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
    ASCM 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.
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    Peter Sherman

    How to Spot Leading and Lagging Key-Performance Indicators

    Key performance indicators (KPIs) help organizations measure progress against a goal. The APICS Dictionary defines a KPI as “a financial or nonfinancial measure, either tactical or strategic, that is linked to specific strategic goals and objectives.”
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    ASCM CEO

    What Does a Purchasing Manager Do?

    Although professionals often excel at their own job responsibilities, many only have a vague idea of what their colleagues’ jobs entail. As supply chains become more intricate and entwined, it’s helpful for supply chain professionals to understand the responsibilities and pressures their business counterparts face every day.
  • Posted by
    Subramanyam Venkataraman

    Ensuring CPG Supply Network Flexibility with Tactical S&OP

    High demand is nothing new for the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry. You’d think these companies would have the use of field intelligence and downstream consumption data down to a science by now. Unfortunately, many still grapple with it.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    ASCM CEO

    Blockchain: Preventing E. Coli Through Enhanced Traceability

    Blockchain has been touted as the cure-all for everything from financial fraud to voting, but this week Wired magazine’s Maryn McKenna suggested that blockchain could help prevent E. coli. How? Consider that two weeks ago, the earliest signs of an outbreak of the disease surfaced in New Jersey.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    ASCM CEO

    Supply Chain Transformation After a Crisis

    I recently had the opportunity to write a brief response to The Financial Times about what a supply chain transformation entails. The response accompanied a large feature on the status of seafood conglomerate Thai Union, which faced a crisis in 2015.
  • Posted by
    Elizabeth Rennie
    Senior Managing Editor, APICS Magazine

    Feeling Nostalgic

    I was having dinner with a good friend recently, and I mentioned to her that Netflix Cofounder Marc Randolph was speaking at our annual conference and I had interviewed him for APICS magazine earlier that day.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    ASCM CEO

    Reformulating Products to Support Sustainability

    British supermarket chain Iceland is making a bold sustainability move. The retailer is becoming the first major UK supermarket chain to stop using palm oil in its store-brand food products. It aims to accomplish this goal by the end of 2018, The Guardian reports.
  • Posted by
    Patrick Bower

    S&OP Critical Thinking and Active Challenges

    In nearly every conversation I have about planning, especially regarding the sales and operations planning (S&OP) demand consensus meeting, I speak to the need for critical thinking and active challenges. These are not throwaway expressions but key elements of a mindset that must be adopted.