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    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.
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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.”
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS 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.
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    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.
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS 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.
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS 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.
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    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.
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS 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.
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    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.
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Celebrating and Encouraging Women in Supply Chain

    Since 2012, The Manufacturing Institute has celebrated women in manufacturing with its STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Awards, which recognize women in manufacturing who exemplify leadership within their companies.
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    Earl van As

    Robotic Process Automation for Repetitive Back-Office Tasks

    Technology is a driving force behind operational innovation and is rapidly altering how companies do business. Faced with growing pricing pressure as customers demand more for less and more quickly, supply chain professionals are seeking new solutions to optimize operations and retain their competitive edge.
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Transitioning to Digital Supply Networks

    With the advent of the fourth industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0, supply chain professionals are expected to embrace many new technologies — from artificial intelligence and robotics to predictive analytics and cloud computing.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    When Global Trade Gets Tough

    U.S. leaders are levying new tariffs on Chinese imports and tightening restrictions on Chinese investments in U.S. technology, The Wall Street Journal reports. The efforts are an attempt to limit intellectual property theft and adjust a trade imbalance with China.
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    Elizabeth Rennie
    Senior Managing Editor, APICS Magazine

    How to Write an Award Entry that Gets the Gold

    The 2018 APICS Awards of Excellence deadline is fast-approaching, so I thought it would be useful to share some tips on what really makes an entry stand out. To do so, I first asked our judges what they’re looking for.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Digital Assistants for Business

    In just a few years, digital assistants have become common place in homes, with adults and kids asking alarm-clock-sized devices about the weather, their favorite songs and much more. This week, IBM announced its own take on the trend with Watson Assistant.
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    Jennifer Storelli

    Risk Management Tips from Waffle House

    Both companies and customers rely on a business’s regular hours of operation. Companies use this time to make and sell their products or services, and customers rely on these opportunities to acquire the goods or services they need. This balance falls apart when a natural disaster disrupts operations.
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Attempting to Define the Supply Chain Economy

    Two Harvard Business Review contributors have pointed out that there is not yet a well-accepted definition of what industries fit into the supply chain economy. Along the same lines, there also is not a formal count of the number of jobs supply chain encompasses or a rating of those jobs.
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    Clay Fox

    Procurement Strategy Beyond Savings

    Procurement has been a key part of supply chain management for decades. However, the concept is a relatively new trend for law firms — the sector in which I work. Here, we have experienced some resistance to the procurement movement, typically stemming from a lack of understanding.
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Reinforcing the Medical Supply Chain

    Supply chain professionals know that in the medical industry, supply chain performance is critical to the health and wellness of individuals. This week, Wired’s Maryn McKenna uncovered the effects a “long, thin” supply chain has on the medical industry.
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    Elizabeth Rennie
    Senior Managing Editor, APICS Magazine

    Over the Moon for Strategy and Tactics

    As a writer and editor, word choice is critical to what I do. Often, I want to confirm that I’ve selected the best possible term for an APICS magazine article or blog post, so I look to Merriam-Webster. (Unless I’m verifying the correctness of a supply chain expression; in which case, I obviously check my trusty APICS Dictionary!)
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Distribution Disruption Causes KFC Chicken Shortage

    Last week, even the Colonel couldn’t help KFC restaurants in the United Kingdom. Approximately 800 of the 900 KFCs in the U.K. temporarily closed because of a chicken shortage, according to CNN Money.
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Turning Reverse Logistics into Profit

    While retailers are still celebrating one of the strongest holiday buying seasons in recent years, the secondary retail market is now enjoying its own successful season. Once consumers take their unwanted items back to retailers, resellers and reverse logistics groups acquire those items to turn their own profits.
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    Kamal Anand
    Chief Technology Officer, Bamboo Rose

    In the Supply Chain Journey, Every Mile Matters

    The days of high-volume production and cheap goods are gone. By treating the first mile of the supply chain as strategically as the last mile, companies will experience fewer surprises, more opportunity and better results.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Supply Chain Strengthens Kraft Heinz Bottom Line

    As my kids have gotten older, I have started worrying less about what they are packing for lunch, and more generally about how they are living (or will soon live) on their own.
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    Tim Story
    Executive Vice President of Freight Operations, Unishippers

    Shipping Do’s and Don’ts for Small Businesses

    The following do’s and don’ts can help you in your shipping journey.