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  • Posted by
    Elizabeth Rennie
    Senior Managing Editor, APICS Magazine

    Rosie the Riveter Becomes Rosie the CEO

    The supply chain skills gap is a real crisis. There are literally millions of open manufacturing jobs, and this number is only going to escalate as more Boomers retire. The good news is that more and more organizations are beginning to tap into a vast, highly skilled talent pool: women.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Manpower Still Essential for Auto Industry

    In movies, on television shows and even in the news, robots sometimes are portrayed as the enemy of the worker because they threaten to take away people’s jobs. In the auto industry, however, this is proving to be untrue, as large manufacturers opt to balance the work of both humans and robots on their assembly lines.
  • Posted by
    Brian Alster
    Global Head of Supply and Compliance, Dun & Bradstreet

    Eradicating Human Trafficking in Today’s Supply Chains

    January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Learn how to eradicate this global crisis from your supply chain.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Blockchain ETFs Hit the Stock Market

    After blockchain technology has proved its use in a variety of fields and industries, the digital ledger has officially secured its place in the financial markets. Two exchange-traded funds (ETFs) focused on blockchain technology launched last week to help investors take advantage of the digital platform’s popularity and growth.
  • Posted by
    Ben Scheiner
    Vice President of Manufacturing, Galfab

    Low-Tech Solutions Shine in the Modern Supply Chain

    Simple, low-tech solutions can shine in the modern supply chain.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Rent Your Next Manufacturing Innovation

    UI Lab’s Digital Manufacturing Design & Innovation Institute helps small and large manufacturers with innovation and manufacturing excellence.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Cars Drive India’s Manufacturing Growth

    India grew its automotive industry to the 6th largest in the world through manufacturing strategy and investments by Ford, Toyota, Honda and others.
  • Posted by
    Scott Ehrsam
    Director of Supply Chain Integration, Caterpillar Inc.

    How Can You Disrupt Your Own Supply Chain?

    How can supply chain leaders use their end-to-end perspective to disrupt and transform their own business?
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    More Lessons from Apple: iPhone X Logistics

    Apple’s exemplary supply chain is a model in the tech industry. But when it released the iPhone X shortly before the 2017 holiday buying season, its logistics functions became paramount. According to a recent Forbes article, Apple exerted great effort to ensure estimated delivery dates were met or exceeded.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Eight Things Every Woman in Supply Chain Needs to Know

    For this week’s issue, I’ve invited Jennifer Proctor, APICS director of publications, to write a piece derived from the first APICS Women in Supply Chain Forum, held earlier this year at APICS 2017.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    When Inventory Really Counts

    Brands such as Michael Kors, Polo, Kate Spade and others want to “win” Christmas. Bloomberg’s Stephanie Hoi-Nga Wong wrote about how they might do that in “Christmas Becomes Inventory War Game for U.S. Fashion Brands.”
  • Posted by
    Elizabeth Rennie
    Senior Managing Editor, APICS Magazine

    Award-Winning Corporate Social Responsibility at AT&T

    Stephen Bernard is senior sustainability manager in global supply chain at AT&T and winner of the inaugural APICS Individual Award of Excellence-Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Catalyst. The award recognizes consistent integration of CSR and reduction of environmental impact throughout the supply chain.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    When Quality Control Turns Scandalous

    Japan is dealing with another scandal tarnishing its reputation for quality. Toray Industries announced last week that one of its subsidiaries had faked quality data on its textiles. The Wall Street Journal reports that Toray joins Nissan Motor Co. and Kobe Steel in their quality scandal woes.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Creating Seamless Retail and Online Shopping Experiences

    The other day, while driving through a suburban neighborhood, I saw an abandoned shopping cart on the street. It stood out for a couple of reasons. First, there weren’t any nearby stores, from which this one could have strayed. Second, it was creating a little traffic jam on a normally quiet street.
  • Posted by
    Scott Ehrsam
    Director of Supply Chain Integration, Caterpillar Inc.

    Five Supply Chain Tools for a New Era of Globalization

    The world is headed toward a new era of globalization, marked by increased political fragmentation but stronger global digital connection. This challenging environment presents many risks which supply chain managers must carefully plan for and navigate.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Using Blockchain on Turkeys

    Yesterday was Thanksgiving in the United States, and to celebrate many families around the country enjoyed a feast, which almost certainly included turkey.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Uncovering New Uses for Supply Chain Analytics

    For supply chain professionals, much is made about utilizing data analytics to improve demand planning and forecasting. However, Deloitte reports that 35 percent of companies now use analytics to mitigate third-party supply chain fraud, waste and abuse, an increase from 25.2 percent in 2014.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Brexit Continues to Create Confusion for EU and UK Firms

    European Union businesses expect to contract less with U.K. suppliers and more with suppliers in their own market after Brexit. Earlier this week, The Guardian reported that British exporters could lose billions of pounds in business once Brexit is finalized. 
  • Posted by
    Jennifer Storelli

    Embedding CSR in Company DNA

    This year, I’ve had the opportunity to interview several business leaders who believe in the power of encouraging corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities throughout their supply chains to make the world a better place.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Manufacturing’s Other Dimension — Digital Twins

    Last week, Netflix released the second season of its popular sci-fi series “Stranger Things,” which explores mysteries related to scientific experiments, super natural forces and a parallel dimension. Netflix isn’t the only media outlet interested in other worlds.
  • Posted by
    Jennifer Daniels
    Vice President, APICS Marketing

    How Supply Chain Can Help in a Natural Disaster

    There’s no limit to the aid that supply chain professionals can offer. Be it time, money or resources, supply chain professionals have many options to help those affected by natural disasters and crises. APICS members and the supply chain community at large are a force for good when disaster strikes.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Preparing for the Robot Takeover … Or Not

    There are many pundits running around saying that robots are going to take our jobs. That’s why an October 19 article in Futurism stands out with the title “Is Technology Really Going to Destroy More Jobs than Ever Before?”
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Applying Lessons from APICS 2017

    “Don’t seek perfection. Seek balance. Seek consistence. Seek justice. Seek passion. Seek a cause for humanity, and your life shall have meaning.” These are the words of Derreck Kayongo, global humanitarian and a general session speaker at APICS 2017.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    APICS CEO

    Disruption Worries Could Hinder Your Business

    Business journals and pundits everywhere you turn seem to promote disruption, warning that if you aren’t embracing it, you are dooming your organization. However, in a recent post on strategy + business, authors Paul Leinwand and Cesare Mainardi argue that acting too hastily or not at all are the real threats to your business.
  • Posted by
    APICS RISC
    Research, Innovation & Strategy Committee

    Blockchain: Harnessing Data, Enabling the Future IoSC

    In the previous blog post from the Research, Innovation and Strategy Committee’s Sensing Subcommittee, we discussed the internet of supply chains (IoSC). In the following post, we will address how blockchain can be the technology that enables the future of IoSC.